On View Through June 20, 2019
Public Reception:
Friday, June 7, 5pm–7pm
*Catered, Free and Open to Public*

MSUB’s Northcutt Steele Gallery features A Subboreal Studios Mysterious Museum Installation, an exhibition of mixed-media works created by Louis Habeck in collaboration with high school students from across the state participating in the Montana Art Interscholastics (MAI). MAI was held on the MSUB May 9 and 10 and was coordinated by MSUB Ceramics Art Faculty, Randi O’Brien.

The exhibition will be on view through June 20. A free, catered reception open to the public will be held at the gallery on Friday, June 7 from 5pm to 7pm.

Montana Art Interscholastics (MAI) offers high school students fromacross the state the opportunity to explore their creativity under theguidance of professional artists.  This yearly event features avariety of workshops in which students engage in hands-onlearning in the artistic process.

Habeck offered a class for students participating in MAI that focused on exploring the art of display. Students were led toassist in creating a gallery experience inspired by actualbehind-the-scenes natural history museum workshops circa the beginningof the 20th Century.The resulting groups of objects create a mysterious setting that allows the viewer to imagine stepping into another place and time.

In the guise of old-fashioned creature taxidermy, the students wereengaged in the creation of a life-sized Triceratops and horsesculpture; as well as assisting to install and arrange museum displaysoccupied by fantastic creatures.

The Northcutt Steele Gallery is located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts on the Montana State University Billings campus. The gallery, which is supported in part by funds from ASMSUB (Associated Students of MSUB) and the MSUB Foundation, is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:00 pm. For more information visit www.facebook.com/northcuttsteelegallery.

For media inquiries and more images contactLeanne Gilbertson, Director of Northcutt Steele Gallery, leanne.gilbertson@msubillings.edu; (406) 657-2903.

Image Credits from left to right: Installation views of A Subboreal Studios Mysterious Museum Installation. © Louis Habeck, 2019.