Two faces of portraiture at Northwest Art Center

Two very different approaches to portraiture share the gallery walls in “Face to Face,” a photography exhibit by Minot State University senior art students Molly Kvigne and Katelyn Reiter. The exhibit runs July 9 through Aug. 6, in the Northwest Art Center’s Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception with the artists Wednesday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library gallery.

Kvigne, a Minot native, specializes in family portrait photography. Kvigne says she likes to spend time with her subjects, letting them get comfortable in front of the camera. “I want the love of the family or couple to shine through,” said Kvigne. “Sincere portraits are my goal.”

Reiter, from Surrey, on the other hand, uses her models as canvases, painting their faces and styling their hair in a “big or busy” way. Her portraits are intended as fashion statements, rather than as traditional views of her subjects.

The exhibition is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for an art degree from MSU. Reiter graduated in May; Kvigne expects to complete her degree this fall. Examples of their work can be viewed online at

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The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Parking in MSU lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.