University of Montana's 2003 Odyssey of the Stars

Jazz crooner Dee Daniels ’70 and award-winning artist Dana Boussard ’66, MFA ’68, will be the center of attention when UM’s School of Fine Arts hosts its showcase event this spring, the 2003 Odyssey of the Stars—A Celebration of Artistic Journeys.

The annual Odyssey of the Stars event debuted in 2001, less than two years after Fine Arts Dean Shirley Howell arrived on campus. One of her top priorities was to increase scholarship support for talented fine arts students. The event proved a hit at not only raising money for scholarships, but also at providing outstanding entertainment for the greater Missoula area. The first Odyssey featured opera singer Pamela South, H.D. ’02, and country western singer Rob Quist ’70; the second featured film and television actor J.K. (Kim) Simmons ’78 and Emmy Award-winning set designer John Shaffner ’74.

Scheduled for April 5 at the University Theatre, the event also highlights current UM students who dream of careers such as those achieved by the honored alumnae.

Daniels has achieved world renown as a jazz singer. Her four-octave range and unique style enable her to feel as much at home with soul, scat, blues, and be-bop as she does with her distinctive jazz stylings. Daniels has given command performances for royalty, appeared at international festivals, and performed in concert with jazz legends Lionel Hampton, Johnny Griffin, and Herb Ellis.

Dana Boussard, a native Montanan nationally known for her fiber murals, paintings, drawings, and prints, is the 1987 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Visual Arts. Her works can be found in private collections and on display in more than fifty public art projects.