Visual Arts Department Faculty

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Montana Torrey

Assistant Professor of Art
Visual Arts Program Coordinator



MFA, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2006
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2003


My work explores the intersections between architecture, climate, and the embodied experience of place. In my recent work, I have examined notions of place through architectural reimaginings and overlapping temporalities in order to create a collision of the site’s past, present, and future. By combining the static element of architecture with the dynamic element of weather or climatic forces, my work becomes a convergence of histories. I structure a dialogue between the site, material, and an idea, either through direct physical engagement with the landscape or by using metaphorical elements of the landscape contained within the built environment.

Selected Research Projects

  • Floodplain (126) reimagines the archaeological site of the ruined city of Wiang Kum Kam through the lens of its moment of collapse, when the Ping River changed course and caused the severe flooding that eventually led to the city’s abandonment over seven hundred years ago.
  • Aaron Richmond for Temporary continent interviews Montana Torrey about her punkah installation at Melrose Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi.
  • Two Breezes: The Spatiotemporal Microclimates/Microbreezes of the Punkah in the Plantation Landscape investigates the plantation punkahs in Natchez, Mississippi. These architectural mutations arising out of the plantation complex create an entangled set of relationships between laboring bodies, climate, and architecture.
  • OtherPeoplesPixels interviews Montana Torrey on her landscape installations.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2019: The Anthropocene Curriculum, Mississippi: An Anthropocene River, The Human Delta, Campus Invited Participant (fully funded), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • 2018: North Carolina Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award
  • 2017: Artist Coordinator Full Fellowship: Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia, Italy
  • 2016: Tartu Artist-in-Residence Residency Programme Grant, Tartu, Estonia
  • 2015: Tennessee Arts Commission, Individual Artist Fellowship Grant
  • 2013: Teaching Fellowship, Council for Independent Colleges and the Samuel Kress
  • 2013: Foundation, Dutch Art, Patrons, and Markets: Teaching European Art in Context, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • 2010: The Graue Award Finalist, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009: Joan Mitchell Full Fellowship Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
  • 2008: Headlands Center for the Arts Residency Grant, Sausalito, CA
  • 2008: Catwalk Residency Grant, Catskill, NY
  • 2007: North Carolina Arts Council Grant, Residency Grant
  • 2007: Competitive Graduate Teaching Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 2006: Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Matching Fellowship

Teaching Interests

  • Drawing (all levels)
  • Painting (all levels and expanded field)
  • Printmaking (alternative and expanded field)
  • Site-specific installation
  • Courses on Memory, Site and Place
  • 3-Dimensional Thinking (introductory level)
  • Sculpture (introductory level)
  • Art Appreciation (introductory level)


Montana Torrey

  • School of Humanities
    North Carolina Wesleyan University
    3400 North Wesleyan Blvd.
    Rocky Mount, NC 27804

  • Office Location:
    Pearsall Classroom Building (PCB)
    Room 181B