Architect exhibition in Missoula

Phil Korell's architecture featured in exhibit

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture will exhibit “An Authentic Voice: The Architecture and Art of Phil Korell”  April 15 to June 25 at the University of Montana.

montana architect phil korell house on mountain top sketch, montana living magazine

The exhibition will be displayed in the Paxson Gallery of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

For over 60 years, Montana architect Phil Korell has created buildings of exceptional beauty and integrity of design. Raised on a ranch outside Utica and educated at the University of Washington in traditional methods of design, Korell learned how to shape buildings in harmony with Montana’s distinctive Western landscapes and traditional culture. Korell created some of the state’s most distinctive buildings in the second half of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

The exhibition features photographs, drawings and plans for Korell’s signature buildings, as well as examples of his fine art drawings and paintings.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog written by Dr. Mark Gelernter, emeritus dean and emeritus professor of architecture at the University of Colorado. Gelernter writes that Korell’s designs are notable for “a deep and satisfying sense of authenticity … these buildings feel like they belong to a distinctive and treasured place and time. This desirable feeling of authenticity is unfortunately rare in much contemporary architecture, making Phil’s work all the more valuable for us to study today.”

The exhibition opens April 15.

For information about educational programming or about scheduling tours, visit the MMAC website or call Ashley Rickman at 406-243-2019 or email

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