University Relations and Marketing

October 3, 2012

Art education student presents senior show of self-portraits

Free closing reception set for artist on Oct. 11

Department of Art, 657-2324
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269

Pieces of MeMSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Jenny Zimmermann, a senior art student at Montana State University Billings, currently has her senior show — “Pieces of Me” — on display in the MSU Billings Student Gallery through Oct. 12.

The show, located near the Northcutt Steele Gallery on the main floor of the Liberal Arts Building, is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Pieces of Me” features a collection of drawings, paintings, digital and mixed media artworks that explore the artist’s journey of discovering her artistic identity through the genre of self-portraiture. The collection examines both the artist’s emotional and technical struggles and triumphs of finding her place within the fine art world and how those experiences will build a strong foundation for her ultimate goal of helping students recognize their own unique artistic voice in the art classroom.

Returning to study art education after a 20-plus year career in graphic design, Zimmermann will graduate from MSU Billings with a bachelor’s degree in art education in January 2013. She is a former owner of Creative Design Works in Red Lodge, where she designed print and web-based projects for any local and regional companies as well as marketing pieces for the city of Red Lodge. As a future educator, she said she now looks forward to working with students in a variety of graphic and fine art media.

In conjunction with the opening reception for ceramic artist Benjie Heu at the Northcutt Steele Gallery, a closing reception for Zimmermann will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 5-7 p.m. just outside the Student Gallery.

PHOTO ABOVE: The central piece of art in Jenny Zimmermann’s senior show “Pieces of Me” is a 49-panel mixed media self-portrait.

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