Jim Madden, Founder
Jim draws upon his deep experience in art, architecture, and land conservation to connect people to place in engaging and transformative ways. A graduate of RISD and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His architectural work has received Design Awards from the American Institute of Architects and Progressive Architecture.
The American Planning Association Award of Excellence for Outstanding Rural Planning was awarded to Jim in 1993 for his work in the Gallatin Valley. Madden’s Public Art projects have had broad exposure and influence across southwest Montana, including About Town, a large interactive installation with the Award Winning Bozeman Public Library.
Mary Ellen Strom, Founder
Mary Ellen’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, large-scale video projections onto industrial sites and mountain rock faces, in empty retail stores and horse arenas.
Recent awards include an International Fulbright Scholar Fellowship, a Bogliasco Fellowship to the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, The MAP Fund, a Rockefeller Fellowship, 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 Centre-Metz, Paris, the Satouchi Trienniale in Japan, the Hayward Gallery, London, Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts, Nagoya, Japan, Fundacion Union-Espacio Cultural Contemporaneo, Montevideo, Uruguay and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia.
Dede Taylor, Founder
Dede Taylor is an art historian with a focus on the arts, history and culture of Islamic Spain and a former art history and history professor at Montana State University. She is a sought-after lecturer on a range of topics and an organizer of community-focused cultural projects, including the Friend of the Story and Pecha Kucha Bozeman. Taylor is proud to be a member of the organizing committee for the successful campaign to establish Indigenous People’s Day in Bozeman. She avidly promotes the arts as a vital ingredient of sustainable and just communities.
Dr. Shane Doyle, WaterWorks 2018 Artist
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 post-doctoral 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. Shane also acted in the History Channel's recent production "Lost Treasure of the Little Big Horn Battle", set for premiere in the Fall of 2018. Shane and his wife Megkian are on The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Raising Places Grant Design Team, which is focused on the community of Lodge Grass.
Kate Belton, Director of Development and Communications
Born and raised in Wyoming, Kate has deep roots in the West. She is passionate about the arts, community, and conservation. Kate has previous experience in exhibit design, art conservation, graphic design, and non-profit strategy for small organizations whose focuses include land and water conservation, climate change mitigation, Indigenous perspectives, and the arts. She is an alumna of Colorado College, and a ceramics artist.
Bently Spang is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, educator and writer working in mixed media sculpture, video, performance, and installation. He is also an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana, the home of the Tsistsistas/Suhtaio people. Spang’s artwork has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and South America. Museum collections include the Denver Art Museum, National Museum of the American Indian and the Montclair Art Museum. Recent awards include the 2017 Artist's Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council and a 2018 Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
Francesca Pine Rodriguez is the Program Manager for American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success at Montana State University, Bozeman. Rodriguez currently resides in Bozeman, MT and participates in numerous cultural organizations. She is Crow and Northern Cheyenne, originally from South Eastern Montana.
Seabring Davis is a writer and journalist who focuses on art, architecture, design, travel and the culinary arts. She is editor emeritus of Western Art & Architecture and former editor-in-chief of Big Sky Journal. Davis also writes as an activist for the protection of Montana Public Lands, as well as the preservation of the Greater Yellowstone region. Originally from Hawaii, Davis resides in Livingston, MT.
Ben Lloyd recognizes that successful design can enhance and reveal the best qualities of a place. His approach begins with an understanding of context and then creates a response that is informed by patterns of use, as well as the surrounding landscape and climate. Since its inception in 1993, Comma-Q Architecture has designed projects that have helped shape our community in many positive ways. With over thirty years of professional architectural experience Ben has a high standard for the work completed at Comma-Q. He is adept in his ability to turn a client’s vision, wants, and needs into a creative and functional solution. Ben relies on his extensive knowledge of Montana – its people, climate, history, and beauty – to provide design solutions with integrity and insight, contributing durable structures that have a lasting relevance. Ben is mindful of what came before us, respects our past while moving our community forward in a thoughtful, sensitive manner.
Now a 27 year old Montanan, Zach Brown first ran for a seat in the Montana House of Representatives in 2014 at age 23. He now serves in the Legislature (House District 63, which includes Montana State University's campus and university district), where his committee work focuses on taxation, wildlife management, and water policy. Zach also works a day job at One Montana on a team of community organizers and facilitators that tackle tough issues facing Montanans across the rural - urban divide. He focused his undergraduate studies at the University of Montana on fisheries management, water policy and climate change, and his background includes leading a research project at Georgetown University focused on U.S. immigration policy reform. Zach loves to work on water issues, and he is happiest when fishing for cutthroat trout or whitefish somewhere in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, or hunting the badlands of eastern Montana.
Board of Directors
Principal Architect, Comma-Q Architecture
Founder, Mountain Time Arts
Information Technology Manager, Retired
Strategist/Artist, Nobel Arts Design
Mary Ellen Strom
Artist, Professor of the Practice, Media Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Founder, Mountain Time Arts
Founder, Mountain Time Arts