By Mark Hillbert
As always, the Mandeville Gallery on the second floor of the Nott Memorial showcases professional pieces that are both intellectually challenging and visually striking. The current exhibition is no exception and features work by cultural arts worker and enrolled Salish tribe member, Juane Quick-To-See Smith. Smith gave a presentation on September 16 about the influences behind her work, such as her upbringing as an oppressed Native American in a Roman Catholic Mission on a Montana Reservation. Her work criticizes American ideals of excess, imperialism and religious dogma while incorporating traditional First People aesthetics of nature and spirituality and her personal political and philosophical views with countless generations of culture in visual pieces that are equal parts collective and individual. The presence of her message is matched by the impressiveness of the art itself; each piece is bursting with an almost violent movement and color, and appears to be able to explode at any moment. Photographs simply do not do the work justice and this writer would implore all students to make the short journey to the center of our campus to experience the works for him- or herself.