Photo exhibit at Northwest Arts Center

Minot State University Bachelor of Fine Art student Hannah Streccius will present a solo photography exhibit, “Mise-En-Scene: Stories in Stills,” in the Northwest Arts Center’s Hartnett Hall Gallery May 4 through June 3. Opening reception will be May 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.

“Mise-En-Scene” is a film-making term that describes visual storytelling that reduces the narrative into a few select scenes. Streccius drew upon this idea, filling her photographs with mysterious characters and events in a way that both masks and exposes their underlying message. By using both personal and universal experiences, the work holds relatable, yet indistinct story lines. Figures are depicted struggling, playing, and learning in foreign circumstances.

Streccius explains, “I wanted to use basic life experiences and reshape them into something beautiful and strange.”

Much of Streccius’ artistic practice revolves around alternative photographic and printmaking processes. This exhibit will contain photographs housed in hand-made light boxes.

Native to Minot, Hannah Streccius is a senior at MSU and will graduate in May.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Hartnett Hall Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.