April 2, 2019


collage of student art

MSU Billings 2019 Juried Student Exhibition

“Autonomous Intersections” open April 4 through April 30



University Communications and Marketing, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS—The Montana State University Billings Department of Art presents its 2019 Juried Student Exhibition, Autonomous Intersections, open to the public from April 4 to April 30.

Nerves, sweat, and creativity all lead to the beginning of something amazing. Autonomous Intersections  is an exhibition developed, designed, promoted, and run by the Department of Art students at MSU Billings. Twenty-six artists will display their works of art; all of which are MSUB students and have been accepted into the show by our region’s well-known curator, Bob Durden.

The opening reception for Autonomous Intersections, MSUB’s 2019 Juried Student Exhibition, will be held at the Northcutt Steele Gallery on the campus of MSU Billings beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019. It is catered, free to the public, and parking is free after 5 p.m. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. The reception will be held in conjunction with MSUB’s annual Research, Creativity & Community Involvement Conference.

The students responded to our call for art by submitting their best work from the last two years of classes. The results are a mixed medium mash-up with many independent ideas, more 3D works (sculpture, installation, and ceramics) than in the last two years combined, all connecting in a space truly worthy of exploration. As the students have explored new processes and found passion for contemporary concepts, they visited a vast array of subject matter. Come and see all that is our Autonomous Intersections of ideas.

Guest curator, Bob Durden, is the owner/director of Durden Gallery located at 2501 Montana Avenue, on the second floor of the historic Carlin Hotel. He has worked professionally in the arts and theater since 1990, having spent much of that time at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings Montana, where he served as Senior Curator. He has organized exhibitions of notable regionally, nationally, and internationally known artists including: John Buck, Clarice Dreyer, Nina Katchadourian, Adonna Khare, R. B. Kitaj, Harold Schlotzhauer, Marc Sijan, and Theodore Waddell, among many others.

Additionally, he has held posts at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Mont., where he served as Curator of Art. Durden has operated his own museum consulting business; directed the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky; exhibited his work in the western United States; taught Art, Communication Arts and Theater at universities; worked as a scene designer; and worked as a scenic carpenter and sculptor for Hollywood feature films. He is also an alumnus of MSU Billings.

Artists in the show include:

Angel Shandy
Breanna Shermer
Cara Davis
Casey O’Malley
Chloe Fields
Courtney Dickerson
Danielle Four Bear
Dawn Doyle
Elizabeth Fisher
Elizabeth May
Haley Piatte
Hannah Harsha
Isaiah Girard

Ivy Bird
Janessa Williams
John Allenbaugh
Kari Adams
Laura Meintjes
Lili Delgadilo
Morgan Borsum
Morgan Syring
Olivia Ruesch
Taylor Evans
Terri Porta
Vince Long

The Northcutt Steele Gallery is located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts building, which is located on the northwest corner of the Montana State University Billings campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, including a parking map, visit www.facebook.com/northcuttsteelegallery and www.msubillings.edu/gallery. The gallery is funded in part by the Associated Students of MSUB.

To find out more about Durden at his website: www.DurdenGallery.net

For media inquiries and more information on this event contact Sherri Cornett, Director of Northcutt Steele Gallery, at sherri.cornett@msubillings.edu or (406) 698-5006.