The works of Blackfeet artist Louis Still Smoking will be featured in the inaugural opening of the Montana State University Native American Studies Gallery of Contemporary American Indian Art set for 2-5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the lobby of 2-179 Wilson Hall on the MSU campus.
Still Smoking, currently a studio art major and minor in Native American Studies at MSU, grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning and graduated from Flandreau Indian School in 1998. He was a stone sculptor for 11 years, co-owned an art gallery in Pierre, S.D. and taught art classes before he realized a need to further his art studies.
Still Smoking said he finds all mediums equally important opportunities to express art to the world through his eyes. He is inspired by artists in his family, the Impressionists, Lucian Freud, research on history and the American Indian Movement. His work has been featured in “Native Max” magazine's Winter 2013/2014 issue. He currently has work on display at the Contemporary Indian Art Gallery in Bozeman along with more work at the Vox Populi, Undergrad Juried Exhibition at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery at MSU.
For more information, call the MSU Department of Native American Studies at (406) 994-3881.
Jennifer Woodcock-Medicine Horse (406)994-3881, firstname.lastname@example.org