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First Bank and Trust Dakota State Art Gallery reopens

January 13, 2019

After a year of being unable to show work, the First Bank and Trust Dakota State Art Gallery has reopened on the second floor of the Karl E. Mundt Library. It currently features a faculty exhibition.

When the gallery was relocated from the first floor to the second floor of the library, room 202, new walls were put in with steel beam studs and quarter inch plywood in the drywall for stable anchoring, according to Alan Montgomery, director of the First Bank and Trust Art Gallery. Track lighting was also added for display and a new projector with 4K capability was purchased for use.

“I envision it being used by contemporary artists who want to use film, video, or sound,” he said. “We can turn this space into an experimental space.” It could also be used for more than just visual art such as poetry readings and one act skits, he added.

Montgomery is also scheduling artists to be displayed in the gallery between student exhibits. Following the faculty exhibition Montgomery plans to feature two professional artists.

Also, in the gallery during the spring semester will be Beadlemania, the annual student juried art exhibition and an exhibit of senior digital arts and design student projects.

“The scheduling is a test drive through the end of spring semester,” he said. “Fall of 2019 we’ll have things scheduled through the full year.”

The gallery will also be available for reservation for events and speakers between regularly scheduled programming.

Montgomery hopes the space will be used for new uses like the screening of old movies or independent films.

In between exhibits, a contemporary collection from artists that exhibited in the originally gallery will function as a permanent collection.

Montgomery’s goal is for everyone to see the gallery as a resource for the community and particularly, DSU students. “It will bring in things they haven’t seen before and expose them, like any gallery does, to work that challenges the notions of what that might be,” he said.

It can be used for other classes, functioning as an educational tool to write critiques, or just for viewing, he explained. The gallery will also enable film students to interview exhibiting artists in the gallery to be archived on Beadle Scholar.

Montgomery hopes that students, staff, and faculty will support students by attending receptions and walking through the gallery.

“The library exists as a repository of knowledge,” he said. “Walk through the stacks or come in here (the gallery) and lose yourself for a while.”