Northcutt Steele Gallery

2014 Juried Student Exhibition

Award Winners Announced

Continues Through May 1


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MSUB Department of Art’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition is on display at the Northcutt Steele Gallery through May 1. Cash awards recognizing outstanding achievement were selected by Guest Juror, Jane Waggoner Deschner, and were announced at a reception and ceremony held at the gallery on March 27. 
The winners of this year’s awards were: Lillie Grace, Evolution, digital video (Best in Show); Holly Grob, Blast, mixed-media installation and wall painting (3-D Merit of Excellence); Sydne Sherman, Bedrooms, digital photography series (2-D Merit of Excellence); Dustin Auerbach, Raku I, stoneware (Honorable Mention); Ashley McClurg, Animal By-Product, mixed-media installation (Honorable Mention); and Stephanie Slavin, Sumi, digital photography (Honorable Mention).


Regarding criteria for selecting awards, Gallery Director Leanne Gilbertson notes, “They are often based on a combination of factors including: aesthetic quality related to entries by peers; craftsmanship; integration of the artwork’s concept with formal choices; and indication of promising potential for a professional art career.”


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 – 4:00 pm, and by appointment. For more information please visit our Facebook page.
For media inquiries and more images contact Leanne Gilbertson, Director of Northcutt Steele Gallery,; (406) 657-2903.


Honorable Mention Award Winners



Above: 1) Raku1 by Dustin Auerbach; 2) Sumi by Stephanie Slavin

Lillie Grace piece

Lillie Grace, Evolution, Still from Digital Video (Winner of Best in Show).


Holly Grob piece

Holly Grob, Blast, Mixed-Media Installation (Winner of 3-D Merit of Excellence Award).


Synde Sherman piece

Sydne Sherman, Bedrooms, Digital Photography Series (Winner of 2-D Merit of Excellence Award).