Neal Ambrose-Smith artwork

Large-scale, mixed-media works make up Neal Ambrose-Smith's exhibition "Footprints on the Moon," which goes up on Friday, Oct. 19 at MSU Billings's Northcutt Steele Gallery. A reception is set for Thursday, Oct. 26.

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Neal Ambrose Smith’s exhibition "Footprints on the Moon" opens Friday, Oct. 19, and remains on view through Nov. 30 at the Northcutt Steele Gallery on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building on MSU Billings campus.

On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 26, a public reception for the artist will be held at the gallery beginning at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. in LI 148 (the lecture hall next to the gallery), Ambrose-Smith will offer a public presentation.

The reception, talk, and exhibition are free and open to the public.

"Footprints on the Moon" offers a series of large-scale, mixed-media prints exploring the connections between ancient storytelling and popular culture, individual experience and collective memory.

Ambrose-Smith’s fantastical, cosmic visions offer a cross-cultural invitation to consider the multiple dimensions of tradition and identity that define and unite people in the contemporary world.

Inspired by the mystery and illusion found in children’s stories from all eras and cultures, Ambrose-Smith explores the imagery and fantasies that transcend individual experience and may unite us as a human family.

According to the artist, a descendant of the Flathead Salish tribe of Montana: “Storytelling is our first written language. As I listen to the world news, popular culture, and my Elders I practice our first language.”

His exhibition coincides with programming presented by MSU Billings Library and The Writer’s Voice in conjunction with the NEA/Big Read of Louise Erdrich’s "The Round House." References to the novel surface in several of Ambrose-Smith’s densely layered works.

Go to www.msubillings.edu for a full schedule of related events. 

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