Muslim American, American Muslim
This Fall 2016 exhibit was a collection of black and white photographs by Robert E. Gerhardt Jr. of New York City. He states that his goal for this project is to try to understand and document the intersection between "Muslim" and "American," since the latter part of this community’s identity is often forgotten. He began photographing for this project on the first night of Ramadan in 2010, and continues to make photographs through the present day. His hope is that this photo series can encourage a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims in America that attempts to erase the boundaries that engender a sense of "them" and begin to foster a sense of "us."
Deities: The Sacred of the Hindu and Buddhist
In Spring 2015, the Carroll Art Gallery hosted a public exhibit featuring sacred artworks from Tibet and India. Included are a collection of Tibetan Thangkas plus sculptures of gods and goddesses from India. The Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation and their project manager’s private collection have generously loaned art for this show.
Livingston Found: A Rescued Photographic Treasure
The Carroll Art Gallery presented "Livingston Found: A Rescued Photographic Treasure". This wass a special exhibition of photographs from the collection of Livingston photographer and guest curator, Angela Gill. The exhibit featured a series of large format black and white images of steam trains and life in Livingston, Montana from a collection of original glass plate negatives rescued by Angela Gill who states “This is truly a unique collection of rare and historic glass plate negatives from the Livingston area that are now digitized and printed.”
The glass plate negatives were set to be destroyed along with a plethora of photographic equipment that Angela took interest in seven years ago and saved after some interesting coincidences. "It’s a mystery as to who the photographer was and who the subjects are, but it’s very apparent that these images are from Livingston," says Angela. "I have to credit my father who is a major train enthusiast for giving me the interest to save these images of steam engines and the yard. I grew up breathing trains and have a darkroom of my own. I still use the old-time process and was naturally elated to find these plates and had to save them. It’s absolutely incredible that they have survived, some of which are over 100 years old."
The images have had minimal restoration and have been printed large scale but with great clarity due to the sizeable negatives. Also on display will be some of the original camera equipment and darkroom supplies rescued from the same location.
The show ran in the Fall of 2014.
Edgy: Paintings by Joel K. Soiseth
Gallery ran January-February 2014. Joel Soiseth has been an art professor at MSU-Northern for 26 years. His teaching responsibilities include drawing, painting, illustration, graphic design, photography and art history. Before that he taught at Mayville State College in North Dakota and worked in commercial art. He holds a bachelor degree in psychology and an MFA from the University of North Dakota.
He states, "I spend as much time in the studio as a my teaching schedule allows and over the past few years have devoted most of my efforts to oil painting, a medium I am quite fond of for its versatility and richness of color. I paint largely in a traditional manner with a concentration in the past few years on the human form. I am very grateful for the wonderful, patient and cooperative models I have had over the years. I do a great deal of my work in Pershing Hall, the building in which I teach and occasionally paint with my classes.
"Some of my artwork has been directly influenced by historical works. I was especially inspired and fascinated by Jan Van Eyck, the early 'surrealist' Hieronymus Bosch, the later Surrealist movement and the 'dark manner' of artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Caravaggio. In my work I do strive to depict things that are somewhat conventionally beautiful, but have an aura of strangeness, mystery and a slight evocation of unease... edginess."
Drawings of Drawing Tools, Spring 2013
Glacier: Losing a Legacy
Striking new glacier retreat photographs created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) visually illustrate the effects of climate change on Glacier National Park. The glacier images reveal dramatic glacial decline over a century and are in line with predictions that all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park will disappear by 2030. In order to illustrate, document, and analyze this recession, USGS scientists paired historic glacier images with contemporary photographs of the same areas.
This exhibit ran in the Fall of 2010.
Jingdezhen: The Porcelain City
This exhibit features work from Art Professor Ralph Esposito’s sabbatical in China last fall. It will include ceramics he made in China as well as more recent work made here that shows the influence of his Chinese experiences. Also included will be photos, commercially manufactured ceramics and other items relating to his travels in Jingdezhen, Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing.
The show ran Fall 2013. The gallery is open from 9am to 9pm weekdays and is closed weekends and college holidays.
August 23 to October 1, 2010.
A series of paintings from Kimble Bromley inspired by his experiences in Chicago that explore the inner city and plays with the idea of graffiti as art. The gallery is open from 9am to 9pm weekdays and is closed weekends and college holidays.
Kimble Bromley, Associate Professor of Art, North Dakota State University. Bromley joined the North Dakota State University faculty in 1996. Previously, he taught at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro Community College, DePaul University, Prairie State College, and Southern Illinois University. Bromley has served as a Visiting Artist throughout the upper midwest, in Ecuador and Mexico. Since 1989, he has painted abroad in Cuba, Jamaica, Ecuador, and Mexico.
Bromley offers a unique approach to teaching and the creative process. As a certified hypnotherapist, Bromely hypnotizes his studio classes during his creativity enhancement workshops, assisting students to be at their creative best.
Carroll Connected: Collectors
Second Centennial Exhibit
As part of Carroll College's Centennial Celebration, throughout the year 2009-2010 academic year, the Carroll Art Gallery will be featuring a series of three exhibits including professional artwork by the college's graduates, plus displays of works from the private collections of the college's faculty, staff and patrons. The series continues with the second exhibit, “Carroll Connected: Collectors”. It features artwork from the collections of President Tom Trebon, Professor Sam Alvey, Professor Kyle Strode, Professor Joe Munzenrider, and Professor Robert Swartout. This exhibits opens October 12th and runs through December 10th 2009.
The gallery, located in St. Charles Hall, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays; closed weekends and college holidays. Admission is free. Call 406-447-4302 for information.