About the Gallery
The planning of the Norman T. Dahl Gallery began in the 1980's. It was the brain child of GFHS art teachers Jean Price, Dave Rothweiler, and Jack Fisher. Funds to build the gallery were raised by GFH art students and Cal Hoiland was the gallery's architect. Great Falls Public Schools and the Great Falls High School Industrial Technology department brought the art teachers and architects vision to fruition opening the gallery for exhibitions in 1990.
About Norman T. Dahl
Born in Superior, Wisconsin, Dahl graduated from high school there and continued his education at Wisconsin State University. Receiving his BA and MA, he moved to Glasgow, Montana to begin his teaching career. There, he taught art and coached basketball and football. Dahl was also an active member in the Montana Art Education Association, Montana Institute of the Arts, Glasgow Historical Society, and Glasgow Jaycees.
In 1968, Dahl moved to Great Falls to become chair of the art department at Great Falls High. Once in Great Falls, he actively participated in other local and state organizations while continuing to excel in his own artistic endeavors.
Although Dahl taught and supported all mediums, his areas of expertise were printmaking and painting, particularly watercolor. Great Falls High's permanent collection features many of Dahl's works including both print and paint mediums. In his print studio courses at GFHS silkscreen, photo silkscreen, collograph, and intaglio were among the most popular.
The Gallery's Mission
The Dahl Gallery's primary mission is not only to celebrate art, but also to educate students through exposure to original work so that they can appreciate a wide range of artistic expressions and better understand the history from which those expressions emerge. The Dahl aspires to not only bring those exhibitions to the students and staff at Great Falls High but to the community at large. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM. During school hours guests are asked to stop in the office for a visitors pass. Each exhibition is also celebrated with a reception and artist talk. Receptions are traditionally scheduled from 3:15-4:30 on Thursdays. The public, students, and staff are always encouraged to attend the receptions, meet the artist(s) and celebrate art. Receptions are always free.
The Dahl Gallery Annual Exhibit Schedule
Fall: Two Professional Artist Exhibits
Winter: One GFHS Student Artist Exhibit
Spring: Two Professional Artist Exhibits
May: One AP Studio Art & Design Exhibit
2019.2020 Exhibition Season
Mary Warner, Looking Outward,
January 17th—March 9th, 2020
Julia Becker, Recent Works,
October 12th—November 17th, 2019
Lyle Omeasoo, Blackfeet Images,
Exhibition August 26th through October 4th, 2019