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Distinguished artist Kevin Red Star featured in exhibit at Wachholz College Center

| November 9, 2023 12:00 AM

An artist famous for his authentic depictions of Crow (Apsaalooka) culture is featured in the Wachholz College Center’s Wanda Hollensteiner Art Gallery on the campus of Flathead Valley Community College.

Distinguished Montana artist Kevin Red Star grew up in southern Montana on the Crow reservation. He works in mainly acrylic, ink and collage using color and composition to express his unique imagery on canvas. 

He was chosen to be in the first group of students at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the late 1960s, when the founders personally visited Native villages and reservations nationwide and recruited the most talented youngsters from each, according to the biography on his website. 

He is known for his attention to historical detail in his depictions of warriors, ceremonies, costumes, and tipis.

“Year after year, through difficulty and triumph, grief and joy, he has created through his art an indelible expression of his tribal legacy,” his website says. “His fame has grown along with the increasing clarity and complexity of his paintings.”

His work has been displayed at The Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of the American Indian and the CM Russell Museum. 

The exhibition debuts on Monday, Nov. 13 with an opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, Nov.17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be available for viewing to the public through Jan. 12, 2024. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m., as well as during WCC showtimes for patrons with tickets to WCC performances. 

Red Star's exhibit at the Wanda Hollensteiner Art Gallery coincides with the Glacier Symphony and Chorale's tribute concerts for Native American Heritage Month held Nov. 18 and 19 at Wachholz College Center's McClaren Hall. 

To stay up to date on the current art featured in the Wanda Hollensteiner Art Gallery and to find information about the Wachholz College Center, visit and follow WCC on Facebook and Instagram. 

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