University Relations and Communications

Northcutt Steele Gallery presents Mark Earnhart ‘Kayfabe' exhibition


Mark Earnhart, Solid Core, particle board and vinyl, 11 x 4 x 4 in, 2015. © Mark Earnhart.

January 8, 2016 



Leanne Gilbertson, Northcutt Steele Gallery, 657-2903
Carmen Price, University Relations & Communications, 657-2269


Exhibition, free and open to the public, runs through Jan. 21 with a reception and artist talk on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Northcutt Steele Gallery at MSU Billings presents a reception and artist talk featuring Mark Earnhart and his exhibition Kayfabe on Jan. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is catered and is free and open to the public.


Kayfabe is carny terminology meaning "be fake," in the sense that spectators need not be in on the truth of the illusion or hustle. The term was adopted by professional wrestling as a policy for wrestlers to not break character in order to maintain the claim of genuine sport.


Inspired by such examples of cultural fascination with the faked, Mark Earnhart's solo exhibition examines the interplay between the artificial and the genuine in commonplace circumstances and in common objects and materials. A series of minimal objects and sculptural installations respond to, and challenge, accepted ideas of the familiar and fantastical. For example, a deceptively simple particle board block reveals textured forms suggestive of unexamined complexity. 


Mark Earnhart is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Montana State University Billings where he has taught since 2013. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 2007 and a MFA from the University of Maryland in 2013. Earnhart has exhibited nationally including, most recently, the Kind Street Gallery at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland.  He received numerous awards and fellowships most notably the Anwar Sadat Art for Peace Award presented by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Earnhart’s current research investigates man-made wood products and the standardization falsifying materiality. 


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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: or


For media inquiries and images contact Dr. Leanne Gilbertson, Director of Northcutt Steele Gallery,; (406) 657-2903.