BHSU Ruddell Gallery introducing a new exhibition of moon and landscape paintings

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, February 9, 2016/Categories: 2016

 "Square States and Moonscapes" Exhibition by Patrick Kikut

The Black Hills State University Ruddell Gallery opened an exhibition of paintings capturing moonscapes and various different landscapes. The guest artist and author of the paintings is Patrick Kikut, who follows his passion to portray the beauty of the landscape - above and on the earth.

Patrick Kikut is an associate painting lecturer at the University of Wyoming. The opening reception in the gallery took place Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the Ruddell Gallery located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus. The exhibition "Square States and Moonscapes," will be displayed in the gallery until March 3. The Ruddell Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

"One of the first paintings I've made had a full moon in it and the more I was reading about the relationship between moon and the Earth, and moon and sun, the fonder I became of it," said Kikut.

Kikut said the moon portrayed in his paintings is closely related to the western landscape.

"Just like the western landscape, the moon is not very populated, it is very sparse, we have already visited it and we intend to go there again in the future," said Kikut. "Moreover scientists have an interest in mining on the moon which again brings us back to the western landscape in U.S. which is rich with (gold) mines."

Some of the presented work in the Ruddell exhibit is in anticipation of Kikut's upcoming exhibition in August 2017 at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Wyoming, which will be about the solar eclipse that will occur during that time.

"Other activities in the gallery this year will include the Student Photography Exhibition, works by Donald F. Montileaux from Rapid City, an alumni from BHSU, in April, and a student juried exhibition which will feature freshmen to senior level students who are taking art courses and wish to enter a competition with their art work," added Dr. David Wilson, the director of the Ruddell Gallery.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Ruddell Gallery's Facebook page, BHSU Ruddell Gallery or contact Dr. David Wilson, director of the Ruddell Gallery and art professor at 605-642-6706 or email

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