Installation view of Terry Karson: Commons, photo courtesy of MAM.

Staff & Board

Laura Millin

Laura Millin

Executive Director

For over 30 years, Laura Millin has dedicated herself to MAM and its vision, doing everything from steering the direction of the museum, raising money, and maintaining and expanding the museum facilities, to making soup for crowds of guests. As Executive Director, Laura has taken MAM from a small county agency living in a converted Carnegie library to an independent, thriving nonprofit in a beautiful, renovated and expanded facility. Laura moved to Missoula after spending a decade in contemporary art in Seattle, where she co-founded the International Festival of Films by Women and the Center on Contemporary Art. She has served on the board of directors or advisors for at least a dozen nonprofits, and has received seven awards for her leadership, fundraising, and community service achievements. MAM is a labor of love for Laura and represents her life’s work. She is continually rewarded by the “MAMily” of staff and board members who make it all possible, and by the artists who enrich our lives, and says she still has plenty more to do at MAM. Laura graduated from Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies.

Brandon Reintjes

Brandon Reintjes

Senior Curator

At MAM, Brandon oversees strategic planning for programming initiatives, which is a technical way of describing the pleasurable task of working closely with artists to help them realize their creative visions. Brandon has worked as curator for a number of institutions throughout the state. He previously worked at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana-Missoula, Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio, and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. Recent publications include Phoebe Knapp: Rough Cuts; Cathy Weber: Understory/Overstory (2018); Our Side: Elisa Harkins, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Marianne Nicolson, and Tanis Maria S’eiltin (2018); and Shape of Things: New Approaches to Indigenous Abstraction (2018). In addition, Brandon regularly contributes articles to the Journal of Modern Craft, Ceramics Art & Perception, and Ceramics Monthly. He received a bachelor’s in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his master’s in curatorial and critical studies from the University of Louisville.

John Calsbeek

John Calsbeek

Associate Curator

While at the University of Montana, John had his first taste of working in the arts with a work-study job at MAM and then as the University Center Gallery student coordinator. After earning a bachelor’s in fine arts, John worked as the director of a small, commercial photography gallery in Missoula. John was hired at MAM during its 2006 expansion. As Associate Curator, John now works together with Senior Curator Brandon Reintjes and directly with artists to develop, design, and install all of MAM’s exhibits. He also works with the programming team to develop interpretation and create public programs centered on the exhibition schedule. John has been co-chair of MAM’s auction committee since 2006, working with volunteers and staff to coordinate the annual benefit art auction. His favorite part of the job, in addition to hands-on work in the gallery, is meeting artists—going to an artist’s studio to look at new work and engaging in meaningful dialogue about art and art-making.

Margo GeddesMargo Geddes

Registrar

Margo Geddes is an artist and holds an MFA in photography from the University of Oregon. Her photographic practice often revolves around the interactions between people and the natural world, from the impact of wild fire on the landscape to river corridors as mediators between the wild and the domesticated. She also holds an MA in Museum Studies and a certificate in Digitial Curation from Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about creating equitable spaces that build communtity through technology. Most recently she has worked at the Mansfield Library in digitization and metadata, working to digitize materials from the archives and special collections and make them more discoverable on the Montana Memory Project. She looks forward to finding new and innovative paths to sharing the MAM’s collection as registrar.

Tracy Cosgrove

Tracy Cosgrove

Deputy Director for Finance and Advancement

Tracy is the Deputy Director for Finance and Advancement at the Missoula Art Museum. Before moving to Montana she spent 12 years in the communications industry doing public and investor relations at boutique firms in the Twin Cities. She was COO at Forward Montana and Forward Montana Foundation, and has served on more than a dozen nonprofit boards at the local, state, regional, and national level. She chaired the national board of the YWCA USA in Washington, D.C., as well as the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, and has served as treasurer of the Seattle-based Social Justice Fund and Montana Conservation Voters. Tracy serves as treasurer for the board of directors of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation, which empowers women through education. She attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is a member of Mensa.

Kay Grissom-Kiely

Kay Grissom-Kiely

Curator of Education

Kay is the Curator of Education for the Missoula Art Museum. Prior to this position, she worked at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the Montana Arts Council, homeWORD, as co-editor of the St. James Guide to both Latin American Art and African American Art, and as Development Director and grant writer/researcher at MAM. During her time in Chicago, she was the Director of Education at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago and has been committed to arts education throughout her career. While in Chicago, she worked at Marwen and Gallery 37, both inner-city arts centers. She completed a curatorial internship for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as internships in museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art in Indianapolis. Kay brings experience designing and implementing teen mentorship programs in the arts, curriculum-based arts-integrated programs, jobs-training programs in the arts, and other interpretive programs from institutions with nationally recognized arts and museum education programs. She has an extensive background in art, with a master’s in art history, theory, and criticism in modern and contemporary art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—where she focused on contemporary women artists of Cuba—and a bachelor’s in art history from DePaul University.

Janaína Vieira-MarquesJanaína Vieira-Marques

Educator and Outreach Coordinator

Janaína Vieira-Marques is a Brazilian-American art director and educator who has called Missoula home since 2008, after immigrating from Brazil. For 13 years, in both roles, she has created art encounters and education programs that incorporate public art pieces, performances, sets, and costumes. Janaína has served as Artist in Residence at the Holter Museum of Art and at MAM, and as the K-8 art teacher at Sussex School. She has created arts projects for most of the elementary schools in Missoula through the Spark Ignite Learning program. Janaína trained in Visual Thinking Strategies and Arts Integration at the Kennedy Center for the Arts and earned a BFA with high honors from the University of Montana. As an artist she seeks to facilitate collaborative interactions while beautifying the places we share. Her pieces include collaborations with dancers, choreographers, engineers and light designers. Janaína is trained in graphic design and knows a lot about coloring sawdust for public art.

"My work is grounded in my own experiences as an immigrant, a teaching artist, a mother, a wife and a part of the BIPOC community. I believe that the arts are a fundamental right that can transform communities and shape the way we think about humanity. My approach to education is towards collaboration, where we all bring to the table different skill sets to enhance learning and our sense of place and belonging."

Jessica Noe

Jessica Noe

Advancement Officer

Jessica Noe joined the MAM in 2022 as Advancement Officer. Prior to this position, Jessica was in Denver where she held positions at two of Colorado’s largest cultural institutions, the Denver Zoo and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Jessica graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Studio Arts.

Anna

Anna Wilson

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Anna Wilson joined the Missoula Art Museum in 2022 and is excited to share the MAM’s story and mission. Anna holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University and attended University of Montana to study literature and ecology, with particular interest in the West, the Western, Indigenous futurism, science fiction, and apocalypticism. She has taught writing and literature and has published poetry, non-fiction, and hybrid works in journals such as Gulf Coast, The Volta, and Pool. Anna's visual practice ranges from printmaking and book arts to video and handmade paper installations.

 

Nicolle

Nicolle Hamm

Operations Assistant

Nicolle began working with MAM in 2019 as an education intern, then as a Visitor Engagement and Security Officer for close to three years before moving into her current position as Operations Assistant. Nicolle earned an associate’s degree at Spokane Falls Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Montana. Nicolle is a practicing studio potter and serves on the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Green Task Force (NCECA GTF), which focuses on sustainability in the ceramics field. She has presented her research on the sustainability of mining and refining at NCECA 2021, NCECA Clay Week 2021, and NCECA 2023.

Hannah Harvey

Hannah Harvey

Visitor Engagement/Security Officer

Hannah Harvey joined the MAM team in 2021 as a Visitor Engagement/Security Officer. Since then, she has thoroughly enjoyed connecting with the museum’s numerous visitors and learning more about Missoula’s rich community of artists and art lovers. Hannah attended the University of Montana, where she spent her time making plenty of art, teaching students of all ages, working in galleries, and even lending her skills to the MAM as an education intern! After graduating in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in painting and art education, she was thrilled to be welcomed back to MAM. Hannah values the universal power of visual language, and hopes that art lovers and skeptics alike will find something at the museum that sparks their curiosity.

Colton RothwellColton Rothwell

Visitor Engagement/Security Officer

Colton Rothwell joined the MAM team in 2022 as a Visitor Engagement/Security Officer. Colton earned his BFA in studio arts at UM with a minor in journalism . He discovered his love of art while serving as a gallery assistant at the UC Gallery. Colton's personal art practice focuses on photography. Colton brings an enthusiastic presence to MAM, and is excited to engage with visitors who are interested in exploring everything contemporary art has to offer.

Gabe MorrisonGabe Morrison

Education Assistant

Gabe Morrison is an art student at UM, and the Art Education intern at the Missoula Art Museum this Fall. He has a love for art criticism and art in all of its forms, and enjoys engaging with people on the topic. Gabe particularly appreciates the opportunities for interpersonal connection and self-discovery that art provides, and is excited to enhance and share his perspective in the Fifth Grade Art Experience program.

Missoula Art Museum brings talented and dedicated teaching artists into many ongoing education programs. View current teaching artist bios here.


Board of Directors


Matt Gibson, President

Stephanie Christensen, Vice President

Josh Gimpelson, Treasurer

R. David Wilson, Secretary

Libby Addington

Colin Boyle

Lara Dorman

Paul Filicetti

Amy Leary

Fran Legon

Kate Shanley

Amy Sings in the Timber

Kate Sutherland