Greg Rust photography series on Native American culture on exhibit this month in Cincinnati and Ukraine

"Northern Plains Customs" features images from cultural events at Montana reservations | October 23, 2013

Photographic works by Greg Rust, Xavier’s director for photography, are being exhibited in two shows this month. “Northern Plains Customs” opened in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the International House Language Center. This exhibit includes 16 large color photographs Rust took as part of his Native American Series of Plains Indians, an area of cultural interest and expertise that Rust has studied for years.

The other showing is a bit more accessible, taking place at the Kennedy Heights Art Center in Cincinnati. Two of Rust’s images from the Native American Series are on display as part of a group showing titled, “Concerned,” which runs from Saturday, Oct. 5, to Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Center, 6546 Montgomery Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The show presents the work of many of the Cincinnati area’s best photographers and was conceived and organized by three local photographers: Jymi Bolden, Melvin Grier and Michael Kearns. Their jury-selected works illuminate those issues and concerns facing the disabled, disenfranchised and economically challenged people living in Cincinnati and throughout the world.

In 2012, Rust produced a photo exhibit and video for Native American History Month that was a culmination of his visits to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Mont. Most of the images for the two shows were produced during these visits. Another video of the reservation was produced in 2010.