The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery at Rocky Mountain College will begin 2018 with the exhibit “Many Blessings: Kevin Red Star with his daughter Sunny Sky Red Star,” running from Jan. 11 through Feb. 8.

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Montana artist Kevin Red Star is shown in his studio space in Roberts in 2012.

The exhibit will launch on Thursday, Jan. 11, with an opening reception to honor the Red Star family. The opening event from 4 to 6 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Kevin Red Star was born in 1943 on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass. He was raised in a family that valued art and culture, which helped him to develop a love for art and music at an early age.

Upon his graduation, Red Star was one of 150 students selected to attend the newly established Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He then received a scholarship to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was exposed to a wide range of media and techniques.

Red Star returned to Montana where he established his permanent art studio and became an ambassador of art for the Crow Nation. In 1997, he received an honorary doctorate degree in fine art from Rocky Mountain College.

Kevin Red Star’s daughter, Sunny Sky Red Star, was born in Santa Fe in 1980. Like her father, she was raised to value art, dance,and theater.

Working alongside her father for years, Sunny Sky Red Star learned how to stretch and gesso his canvases, while developing her own unique, abstract expressionist style. She has studied at Rocky Mountain College and MSU Billings, and taught in the Summer Art Academy at Rocky. She continues her family’s tradition in the visual arts.

The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery, in Tech Hall on the RMC campus, is open Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.