MAM Award 2022

June 29

5:30–7:30 PM

The MAM Award is given to a museum supporter and a local business with deep gratitude in recognition of exemplary dedication, generosity, and service to the Missoula Art Museum. Join us as we honor those who generously sustain and facilitate MAM’s vision.

All MAM supporters are invited to join us for an evening honoring this year’s MAM Award recipients, Betsy Wackernagel Bach and First Security Bank.

Please help us honor these special members of our community for their dedication to MAM. 


Free to all MAM supporters. Please Madeleine Ford, development officer, to RSVP by June 22.

Betsy Wakernagel Bach

Betsy is professor emerita in the department of communication studies at the University of Montana. She received her PhD in Organizational Communication from the University of Washington, her Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Montana, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Hope College. She has held several administrative positions at the University of Montana including Assistant Provost, Dean of the Davidson Honors College, and department chair. In 2009 she was elected to, and served, as president of the National Communication Association in Washington, DC. Betsy has co-authored a book on communication in organizations and has published additional book chapters, academic research articles, and other applied research.

First Security Bank

Over the years First Security’s generous and significant support has inspired MAM’s creative vision for a bold future. When MAM was looking to expand the footprint of the Museum outdoors with the Art Park, First Security and bank president Scott Burke answered our call with not only a multi-year pledge of support but an invitation and challenge to the Missoula community to join them in helping to build this community asset. It was successful, and we are proud to present another season of outdoor sculpture for the sixth year thanks to their leadership.