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Shift, Shift is an exhibition of multiple medias, and investigates personal narrative, motherhood, and symbolic systems. Inspired by the role that “categorizing” plays in constructing context, Combe draws from abstraction, children’s drawings, and her experiences as mother to chart patterns, categories, and imagery.

Jennifer writes that “Shift, Shift explores the moving construction of identity encountered as I transitioned into motherhood at age 40. Some works are a response to the overwhelm of tasks related to working full time, mothering, and self-care. Others respond to infertility and IVF, while others are illustrative of the schematic process of language acquisition, responding to almost two decades in K-16 classrooms and then witnessing my daughter construct language and meaning.”

Combe is a mother, artist, and associate professor of art at the University of Montana. “Shift, Shift” will be on display until the end of 2018.

 Visceral Yellow by Jennifer Combe

Visceral Yellow by Jennifer Combe

The December Show in the Wilken’s Gallery -
Shift, Shift - Work by Jennifer Combe


Affordable Art Holiday Show


On the outer walls of the Wilkins Gallery, we’re delighted to install our First Annual Affordable Art Holiday Show. This exhibition features ALL original, made-in-Montana works of art for $100 or less. - Curated by former Art Center Director, Linda Tullis, this exhibition features paintings and works on paper by artists like Wyna Woodford and Tonya Opperman. It’ll only be up for a short while, and will sell quickly! Hurry down to see it this week!