Mountain Time Arts is committed to producing research-based artworks that address the social and environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain West. These interdisciplinary projects are most often place-based and produced in dialogue with local scholars and residents. Creating new knowledges in the form of artworks allows for a complex interplay between diverse cultures and disciplines. This is both a nuts-and-bolts pursuit to move toward yet undiscovered conservation practices and a way to open dialogue about our different behaviors toward the land and each other. Their projects revise past fallacies, differentiate fact from legend and expose lesser known historical narratives.
Shane Doyle, Ed.D. is a Crow tribal member hailing from Crow Agency, Montana. Shane holds an MA in Native American Studies and completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2016. With 30 years of experience as a singer of northern Plains style music and 20 years of teaching experience, Shane is currently an educational and cultural consultant. Most recently Shane has taught and designed curriculum for the Tribal Education Directors National Assembly, Yellowstone Forever, Montana OPI, the National Park Service, the University of Oregon, the University of Colorado, Boulder, and PBS NOVA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Extreme History Project, the Montana Arts Council, and the Governors Parks in Focus Committee. Dr. Doyle was a founding member of the Montana Wilderness Association’s Hold Our Ground Campaign in 2017 and provided consultation for PBS Nova’s The Great Human Odyssey, and The First Face of America episodes. Doyle collaborated with artist Mary Ellen Strom on the 2018 public artwork, CHERRY RIVER: WHERE THE RIVER”S MIX that took place at the Headwaters of the Missouri River.
Laine Rettmer is a director and visual artist. She has been the resident stage director for the New York based LoftOpera for the past four years, In 2017 Rettmer received a Freddie Award for her work with LoftOpera. Her Barber of Seville was named one of the top 10 classical music productions of 2014 by the New York Times. She has also stage directed for numerous other companies such as Guerrilla Opera, the Ecce Ensemble, and Rhymes with Opera. As a resident and associate director she has worked on both national and international stages. Previous credits include Electra and Jocasta for the Athen’s Festival last summer, Powder Her Face, which opened New York City Opera’s last season at BAM and Evan Ziporyn’s opera, A House in Bali, which premiered at Berkley Rep and toured to Boston and BAM. As a visual artist, Rettmer’s work has been shown at AREA gallery (2018), The Clay Arts Center (2018), the Museum of Fine Art (2017), the Boston Independent Film Festival (2017), FPAC (2017), Manifesta (2016), Le Laboratoire (2016), Yuan Art Museum (2016), Yve Yang Gallery (2016), Perkins and Ping (2016), Present Company (2015), NADA NY, NADA Presents, (2014).
Mary Ellen Strom‘s installations and site-specific projects unearth submerged narratives within art, history and cultural discourse. Her work has been exhibited in a wide range of contexts including museums, galleries, passenger trains, cattle ranches, large-scale video projections onto industrial sites and mountain rock faces, on rivers, in empty retail stores and horse arenas. Recent awards include an International Fulbright Scholar Fellowship, The Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, ArtPlace America, The MAP Fund, Artadia The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Art Matters and Creative Capital. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the ICA Philadelphia, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Walker Art Center, Mpls., the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH, the Pompidou CentreMetz, Paris, the Satouchi Trienniale in Japan, the Hayward Gallery, London, Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts, Nagoya, Japan, Fundacion UnionEspacio Cultural Contemporaneo, Montevideo, Uruguay and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. Strom is the Artistic Director of Mountain Time Arts and Project Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research. She is a Professor of the Practice, Media Arts at Tufts University in Boston, MA
In 2016, MJ Williams was the recipient of the Montana Governor’s Art Award. For the last three years Williams has performed in Paris at Le Sept Lezard, a legendary jazz club, with The Jobic LeMasson Trio and The Joe Makholm Quintet, a collaboration that resulted in the CD Trance Atlantic. In 2011 Williams was invited to spend a week in residence in the Dept. of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta Georgia where she led a series of improvisation workshops. In 2013 MJ wrote a score for Mary Ellen Strom’s two channel video installation at the Longhouse Projects Gallery in New York City. In November of 2015 Williams performed a concert of jazz standards at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana with pianist Bob Packwood. Since 2015 she has produced a concert series entitled “Sound Gallery” in the 1+1=1 Gallery Helena MT, introducing small audiences to non traditional original music. In March of 2018 an improvisational recording entitled Sensoria was released by Leo Records UK in which Williams plays trombone and piano.
STANDBY SNOW: CHRONICLES OF A HEATWAVE, a new place-based opera produced by Mountain Time Arts in Bozeman, Montana, will premiere in July 2020. The method of research and production for Standby Snow understands collaborative inquiry as a way to generate new knowledges of our region’s critical environmental issues. This research-based project will address historic tensions and contemporary complexities generated by drought and fire in southwestern Montana. Along with the artists, the project is being made in dialogue with water experts, fire scientists, native biologists, ranchers and politicians.