Randi O’Brien


December 11, 2017-February 8, 2018

Artist Talk: Thursday, February 8, 6:30 pm, LI 148 (next to Northcutt Steele Gallery)
Reception: Thursday, February 8, 5pm–8pm (Catered, Free and Open to Public)

MSUB Department of Art’s Northcutt Steele Gallery features the artwork of current faculty member Randi O’Brien in her exhibition Orangery on display through February 8, 2018. O’Brien will discuss her work at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 8 in LI148, the lecture hall next to the gallery. A catered reception for the artist will precede and follow the talk. The exhibition, talk, and reception are free and open to the public.

Orangery offers a collection of functional pottery, figurative ceramic sculptures, and a clay-animation digital video exploring O'Brien's ongoing interest in fables.

According to the artist: "The narrative intention of a fable is the moral fiber of my work. I cherish the cycles of yearning and atonement which reveal a character’s personal discovery. It is within this cycle that an audience can see a character’s ability to navigate her internal struggles. Orangery is about cultivating essentia; gardening, harvesting, and protecting the essence of oneself."

Randi O’Brien is a ceramic artist, historian, writer, and educator from the Rocky Mountains. O’Brien’s work is a reflection of her upbringing in Colorado, and current life in Montana.  She received an MFA in Ceramics and MA in Art History from The University of Montana and is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Montana State University Billings. 

O’Brien exhibits across the United States and globally; selected locations include: Kilkenny, Ireland: Valparaiso, Chile; Alberta, Canada; New York, Florida, Mississippi, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and Oregon. O'Brien has curated numerous exhibitions and has presented her research on ceramics for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and the 2010 and 2011 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference, and Ceramics Ireland’s International Ceramic Festival. Her research has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Art and Perception: TECHNICAL, and Ceramics Ireland.

For more information about the artist visit:  http://www.randiobrien.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 visit www.msubillings.edu/gallery or www.facebook.com/northcuttsteelegallery.

Randi O'Brien Orangery Image


Randi O'Brien Fruitage, earthenweare

Randi O’Brien, Fruitage, earthenware, 12” x 12” x 8”, 2017. ©Randi O’Brien.

For media inquiries and more images contact Leanne Gilbertson, Director of Northcutt Steele Gallery.


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