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 also serves as a place for education and respite for the busy students, Faculty and staff of MSU Billings.
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.