Sunday, February 2, 2003

The Billings Gazette, Billings Montana

Southeastern Montana exhibit opens

(photo: Works of art from the upcoming Custer County exhibit include Billings artist Cory Jaeger's "Emily Dickinson No. 2, Plain Poetry".

MILES CITY--Custer County Art Center begins its 2003 exhibit year on Sunday, Feb. 2, with the opening of the 24th Annual Southeastern Montana Juried Exhibit. The public is invited to a reception from 1 to 4 pm. A gallery talk and awards given by juror Walter Piehl, Jr., will be presented at 1:30 pm. Piehl is a Professor of Art at Minot State University, N.D., as well as a well-known contemporary artist. He was featured at the CCAC in the 2001 Western Art Roundup and Quick Draw.

Through the juried process, the exhibit consistently considers entries of the best works from both professional and amateur artists throughout Montana and the adjoining states. This all-media exhibit accepts slide entries of original artwork done in the past two years and represents a broad spectrum of styles being produced in the region. A variety of media including works in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and more were among the 154 entries submitted by 58 artists.

The juror selected the entries to be included in the exhibit, and will also select the awards that include cash prizes totaling $1,000. Art Center staff will select approximately 25 works for a traveling exhibition that will tour Ekalaka, Forsyth, Hardin, Colstrip, and Sidney.

The exhibition will continue through March 16, and is sponsored by Stockman Bank of Miles City and the William and Lorene Nefsy Foundation.

The Art Center is located west of downtown Miles City on Waterplant Rd., and is open to the public from 1 to 5pm., Tuesday through Sunday. Donations are welcomed. For more information, please contact the Center at (406) 232-0635.

Artists whose works have been accepted into the 24th Annual Southwestern Montana Juried Exhibit include artists from Billings, Havre, Hysham, Bozeman, Broadus, Livingston, Lewistown, Columbia Falls, Grass Range, Malta, Sidney, Miles City, Wolf Point, Glasgow, Terry and many others Montana towns, as well as various cities in North Dakota.