Around 130 college students will showcase a range of artwork for the Research, Creativity and Community Involvement Conference at Montana State University Billings.
The exhibits will include poetry readings, jazz concerts and a juried art show, according to the university. Artists will also give oral presentations. The event begins April 20.
The keynote speaker is Philip Aaberg, a Chester native who works as a music producer and performer. He has collaborated with the Elvin Bishop Band, Peter Gabriel, Kenny Rogers and others, according to MSUB.
His presentation is set for April 20 at 12:30 in Petro Theater. He will also perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Cisel Recital Hall.
The juried art show and awards ceremony takes place on Thursday April 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in MSUB's Northcutt Steele Gallery. Exhibits will be open for viewing through May 3.
Other presentations include work from MSUB student Eric Young, who has been examining the coverage of Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protest. It includes a textual analysis on selected sources and how their coverage shaped the story and its perception with the public, according to an MSUB press release.
City College students Tyler Shanley and Casey Reichenback designed a high-speed color-sorting machine. MSUB Student Maria Perna interviewed area stakeholders about economic, recreational and political concerns surrounding the Yellowstone River, according to the release.