March 30, 2013



Leanne Gilbertson, Northcutt Steele Gallery Director, at or 657-2903
Aaron Clingingsmith, University Relations, 657-2269


Free Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony Apr. 4 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Public Artist Talk by Juror Cathryn Mallory Apr. 4, 12:10 p.m. in COE 407


collage of student art pieces

MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — MSUB Department of Art’s 2013 ‘Juried Student Exhibition’ opens on Thursday, April 4 with a catered reception and awards ceremony from 5pm–7pm. Awards will be announced at 6pm. The reception is free and open to all members of the University community and the general public.


MSUB students selected for inclusion in the exhibition are: Emma Berry, Jesse R. Burns, Katie Ericksen, Lillie Grace, Holly Grob, Jesse Harkness, Breanna Jarrett, Amanda Losness, Bonny Beth L. Luhman, Robbie Mann, Joel Miller, Patrick Mueller, Kristin Rude, Maria Selvig, Sydne Sherman, Megan Stahl, Anastasia Swarthout, Ashley Virag, Laura Walker, and Jamie Winter. The 25 artworks selected testify to the rich talents and diverse visions of MSUB students working across a broad range of media.


Berry drawing This year the selection of artworks to receive a number of distinguished awards will be made by the invited guest juror Cathryn Mallory, who will be visiting the department and viewing the exhibition on April 3 and 4. Hundreds of dollars in awards in recognition of outstanding achievement will be announced during the opening reception. Regarding criteria used for selecting artworks for awards, Northcutt Steele Gallery Director Leanne Gilbertson notes, “They are often based on a combination of factors including: aesthetic quality related to entries by peers; craftsmanship; integration of the artwork’s concept with formal choices; and indication of promising potential for a professional art career."


Guest juror Cathryn Mallory is currently Professor of Art and Director of the Gallery of Visual Arts at University of Montana where she teaches Professional Practices, BFA Senior Thesis, and 3D Fundamentals courses. Mallory has also served as Curator of Art at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls and is actively involved with numerous state arts organizations, as well as exhibiting her own work on a national level. “This exhibition is a great professional development opportunity for our student artists, offering them experiences with the process of preparing artwork for gallery display and familiarizing them with the process of a juried exhibition,” says Gilbertson. “We are thrilled to have Professor Mallory visit to see the exceptional work of our students and to offer them valuable professional advice.” 


In addition to making the selection of the awards for the exhibition during her time on campus, Mallory will be speaking about her own artwork on Thursday, April 4 at 12:10pm in Room 407 in the College of Education building on the MSUB campus.


The Nothcutt Steele Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Liberal Arts Building on the University campus and is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit: and


PHOTOS ABOVE: Above are Bear the Weight of Time by Amanda Losness, The Old Man by Jesse R. Burns,Inspiration by Patrick Mueller, and Untitled by Emma Berry. These artworks will be included in the 2013 Juried Student Exhibition opening on Thursday, April 4.