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The Northcutt Steele Galley is located MSUBillings Art Department on the first floor of the Liberal Arts building. Open to the public without charge, the gallery provides 6 shows per school year calendar, including one faculty exhibition every fall which showcases the work of full-time and part-time faculty and one juried student exhibition each spring which showcases the work of our students while allowing them an opportunity for professional experience.
The remaining four shows, two each semester are selected by a gallery committee to showcase the work of other professional artists on a national scope. When possible these artists are brought in to present talks about their work and experiences and conduct workshops. These presentations are open to MSU Billings students and staff as well as the Billings community. Public receptions are held with these exhibits and for the visiting lecturers.
The Northcutt Steele gallery is open to the public from 8-4 weekdays while school is in session with the exception of summer semester and as such serves as a conduit between the university and the community it serves as well as a place for education and respite for the busy students, Faculty and staff of MSUBillings.
The Northcutt Steele Gallery also cooperates with the MSU Billings Art Students League and the MSU Billings Potters Guild to provide experiential opportunities for their student members in the finer details of gallery management. Volunteering students are encouraged to participate in the hanging and removal of shows, including but not limited to, packing unpacking, hanging and lighting shows, and the repair of gallery surfaces after shows are down.
The Northcutt Steele Gallery maintains a permanent collection, and with the help of the Art Department and Dr. Connie M. Landis maintains and displays articles from Opal Leonard Collection of Chinese and Japanese Art, and the Helen and Paul Covert Collection of Fine Art.
MSUB Department of Art’s Northcutt Steele Gallery welcomes visiting artist Rachel B. Abrams on Thursday, October 17 with a public conversation and artist reception. Abrams will discuss her ongoing series of sculptural installations and mixed-media works with Gallery Director Leanne Gilbertson at 4:30 pm. The conversation will be held in the gallery and will be followed by a catered artist reception. The conversation and reception are free and open to the public.
Abrams’s exhibition Distorted Senses of Proportion includes sculptural installations, and mixed-media drawings and collages, which encourage an awareness of the often-overlooked confrontations of natural and non-natural habitats. Abrams’s primary focus is on how ecosystems and life cycles are affected by climate change, over population, and invasions of new species. Several of Abrams’s “frustrules”—the artist’s term for the viral, encroaching clusters of organic forms she constructs from recycled foam—swarm through, and transform the gallery space. Also on display are examples of the artist’s graceful sculptures, collages, and mixed-media drawings, which employ an elegant Minimalist vocabulary of repeated forms to reflect upon the disruptions and perseverance of ecological systems and the rhythms and cycles of growth.
Rachel B. Abrams lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and has had several national solo exhibitions. She received her MFA in Glass from Alfred University and her BFA in Studio Art from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For more information about the artist visit:http://rachelbabramsart.blogspot.com
The Northcutt Steele Gallery is located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts on the Montana State University Billings campus. The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:30 pm. For more information visitwww.msubillings.edu/gallery orwww.facebook.com/northcuttsteelegallery.
For media inquiries and more images contact Leanne Gilbertson, Director of Northcutt Steele Gallery, firstname.lastname@example.org; (406) 657-2903.