Our Evening Lecture Series runs annually from November through April, with monthly lectures taking place from 7 - 9 pm in Studio B at RMSP (unless otherwise noted). To attend a lecture, enter through the set of double glass doors at 210 N. Higgins and follow the signs to Studio B. Click here for a map to RMSP. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The Artist's Call

Presented By: Stuart Thurlkill

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


​You are creative and desire to make an impact with your work, however developing a passionate pursuit​, finding your voice​ and attracting fans that rave about you can seem illusive​. It’s all part of the process of becoming​ a​n ​artist and living the kind of creative life you have dreamed ​about. Join ​documentary photographer and filmmaker Stuart Thurlkill for this lecture as he breaks down what it means ​be ​an artist who works with passionate sense of purpose and calling.

The Landscape of Cameras

Presented By: Neil Chaput de Saintonge

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


The world of photography equipment is changing faster now than ever before. Simply keeping up with all the changes that are taking place in camera technology is hard enough, let alone actually using these new tools to confidently create images you are proud of. During the first part of this lecture Neil will help you get your bearings and make sense of the current landscape of today’s photo market. Then, he will go over 20 different features to look for when buying a camera such as GPS, wifi capabilities, low noise and fast auto focus.

Capture, Edit, Display

Presented By: Jesse Boone

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Whether photographing professionally, or purely for your own personal enjoyment, paying attention to the three steps of the photographic process – capture, edit, display – will help you run through the photographic finish line. Follow along as Jesse offers pointers on how you can breathe more life into your images by recognizing light, developing a digital workflow and displaying your images like the true works of art they are.

Photographing in the Backcountry

Presented By: Claire Haughey

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


In our neck of the woods, all it takes to be standing face to face with a spectacular scene of snow-capped mountains or fog crawling softly above a river is a decent pair of shoes. But when that’s not enough, we can disappear as deep into the backcountry as we want. Well, to be more accurate, we can go as far as our bodies will allow when carrying all of the camera gear we desire. Outdoor photographer Claire Haughey knows the struggles of having to choose between your favorite lens or your favorite water bottle. In this lecture she will talk about how to select gear for outdoor outings, backpack organization, caring for your gear in crummy conditions, and some clever tips for roughing it ... photographically.

Creative Composition

Presented By: Sarah Ehlen

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


It’s such a shame that photography forces us to take a three dimensional world and convey it in just two dimensions. Or is it? Join instructor Sarah Ehlen as she discusses the idea of dimension when it comes to composing an image. By looking at specific examples, Sarah will show several ways to create depth, feeling, and a sense of story in an image. She’ll talk about how all these elements come together to make an impression on the viewer and create photos with impact.

The Making of The Hard Way

Presented By: Jeremy Lurgio

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


The Hard Way is the inspirational story of Bob Hayes, an 89-year-old who runs 30 races each year, cuts his firewood by hand and does things the hard way to remain active and alive. The film takes us on a journey that's about more than running, it teaches us to live life with purpose and momentum. Montana independent filmmakers Erik Petersen, of Clyde Park, and Jeremy Lurgio, of Missoula spent more than a year documenting Hayes' story about remaining active and vital as he approaches 90. Come listen to Jeremy talk about the process of creating this film about one of Missoula's favorite running celebrities.