Montana State University

Diversity Art Spaces

~Impact Through Visibility~

In order to highlight different perspectives and worldviews the Diversity Awareness Office sponsors the Diversity Art Spaces Project in the Strand Union Building. The Project highlights different aspects of diversity through art. Each semester a student or community artist is highlighted, whose work highlights some aspect of diversity that influences our lives. The art is displayed in the Northeast and Northwest lounges of the Strand Union Building.

Part of the mission of the DAO is supporting individuals and groups who identify with a wide spectrum of diversity issues. The effort to support issues surrounding diversity requires that there be an increased visibility of various perspectives. Through regular exposure, people become familiar with perspectives that may differ from their own, and in turn, may be able to recognize that there is a great amount of difference from person to person, regardless of appearances or discernable affiliations.

Current Call

Now Accepting Applications! Our walls are bare!

Submissions are being accepted for the current year.

Entries that explore issues relating to diversity on any number of levels of diversity are invited (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, class, ability, difference, privilege and prejudice), however, the Diversity Awareness Office reserves the right to disqualify submissions that are deemed in poor taste, as this exhibit will occupy a public space. Exhibits will be chosen by a jury based on the quality of work as well as the level of appropriateness for the space.

Deadline for submissions is open

Submission Guidelines:

  • Digital copy of original work
  • 200 word Artist Statement – Must be typed
  • Artist info must include:
    name, e-mail, phone, resume, and address

Previous Exhibits

Fall 2008 Artist

Ian McEwan

Bringing something new to the myriad that is photography is difficult, but I believe attainable. I poise myself with confidence and controversy in my work that is made for and accessible for everyone. I make photographic art to express the differences of people while simultaneously describing their way of life.

Through the portraits that I create, I make soluable the different cultures and the people that comprise that culture, and do so tastefully and aestheticly with appropriate technique and processes that best emphazie the photograph. Using medium format film of all types and never altering the final frame, I realize a true image through leaving out edits and clearly showing a subjects, and compostions, strengths and weaknesses.

By living through my photographs, I can speak all languages, a universal one, that lets me see and feel things I always thought impossible. By sharing my work with others, I hope they can see and feel my visions and interests as well as I do, and take a little knowledge and intrigue home in their thoughts about contemporary life, culture, and the people that make up the time in which we live.

Ian McEwan is an Undergraduate Scholars Program Recipient for this project.

Portraits of Immigration

The issue of immigration in America is at the forefront of politics and nationwide media today. The diverse demographic of people that make up the American landscape today is much different than it was when Europeans started arriving, and immigration has continued ever since. Becoming an impending scapegoat, Mexico has received influxes of ill attention as well as its people crossing the Mexico/US border. The United States of America, however, is a country of founded upon the very notion of immigration. Many people in the United States have forgotten this and are quick to close the door behind them, blaming newer immigrants for national problems. More often than not, this burden falls upon a person of a different color than the person pointing the finger. Current American media portrays “Mexico” and “Immigration” in a negative unanimous phrase, and this simply is not accurate. Many different races comprise our country and if you aren’t a person of Indigenous descent - in other words, an American Indian – YOU are an immigrant too. My photographs portray the vast range of diversity that comprises the population of America today, and stand to remind the viewer that all shades of colors and cultures live here that are not of American birth. Prospering for themselves, families, and countries from which they came, the people I have photographed in Portraits of Immigration represent the rich heritage and culture of the contemporary American.