NAC exhibit reveals alien civilization

Minot State University art student Erik Berland will present his senior capstone exhibit, “Pigmentious the Mighty,” at the Northwest Art Center’s Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery June 11 through July 9. The exhibit chronicles Berland’s “research findings” about “an ancient race of alien creatures who lived in a far off galaxy.”

The exhibit will include Berland’s renderings of the creatures and models of “devices” used to gather information about the alien civilization.

“These aliens were four-legged creatures composed of organic and inorganic materials,” said Berland. “They lived on a massive planet which was completely void of color. All the inhabitants of the planet were also achromatic, or colorless.” The “Achromites,” as Berland named them, “had endured some kind of epic struggle that nearly brought their entire alien race to extinction.”

Opening reception for the exhibit is Wednesday, June 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library gallery. Berland will make a short presentation about his “findings” and explain more about the “Achromatic aliens.” The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

The exhibit is the capstone project for Berland’s degree with a focus in graphic design. His other discipline interests are illustration and 3-D sculpture.

As an MSU student, Berland’s work was accepted to the Annual Juried Student Art Show four times, earning an Honorable Mention in 2011 and Best of Show in 2012. Berland served as intern and student employee at the Northwest Art Center, working as a gallery assistant, videographer and designer. He is a native of Hazen.

This project 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.