BILLINGS — The Northcutt Steele Gallery at Montana State University Billings will be presenting “The Prize Inside,” an exhibition by Billings-based artist, Keeara Rhoades, October 17 beginning at 5 p.m..
Rhoades is an assistant professor of art in new media photography at MSU Billings.
“The Prize Inside” is comprised of video and interactive installations and is accompanied by an intriguing cast of characters, props, and historical and contemporary documents.
Rhoades creates multimedia meta-narratives that employ themes of memetics, imitation theory, and human adaptive systems for meaning-making.
She explores the gaps between liminal clarity and misunderstood realities created by 21st century technologies of representation that deed the human desire to see and control.
According to the artist, “I am interested in symbiotic relationships and the narratives that unfold when introducing conditions of action, motion, and emotion before the camera.” Rhoades’ recent work combines constructed landscapes with audio narratives to prompt character action within a bounded arena, exposing tensions and bonds that develop within.
Rhoades was born and raised on the Wyoming side of the Black Hills.
Rhoades has exhibited nationally and internationally, with productions in Italy, Spain, and China.
Her recent productions include an art film inspired by the life and work of Arshile Gorky created for the Yellowstone Art Museum, and a multi-media performance, “Digging in the Dugout,” hosted by 4ZERO7 Gallery in Billings.
For more information about the artist, visit www.keeararhoades.net.
A catered reception for both exhibitions will be held in the first floor lobby of the Liberal Arts Building immediately in front of the gallery beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
A conversation between Gallery Director, Dr. Leanne Gilbertson and Keeara Rhoades begins at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Parking on campus is free after 5 p.m.
The Northcutt Steele Gallery is located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building on the MSU Billings campus.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment.
For more information visit www.msubillings.edu/gallery