EVOLUTION: A RETROSPECTIVE | Sarah Rogers
Ruth Brennan Gallery
01.29.16 - 04.30.16
This survey exhibit spans the past thirty years of Sarah’s career as a fine artist. Although the choice of subject matter and medium are traditional, it is Sarah’s approach to both that creates her uniquely signature painting style. Sarah’s medium is watercolor and the subject matter is primarily of animals and birds living throughout the Black Hills environment.
Sarah portrays recognizable subjects, but they are only vehicles for a greater subject: the paint itself. The focus of this show is the artist’s handling of color, line, texture, space and the regard for how to move paint across a surface. Her style of painting has much to do with her background in graphics.
After receiving her BFA from the University of Florida, Sarah moved to South Carolina to work as a graphic designer. She later went on to New York City where she worked for a decade as art director for an advertising agency before moving to the Black Hills region where she now lives and paints in Sundance, Wyoming. Sarah is the recipient of a 2015 Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Elf & Rusty Swan, Warrior’s Work and Ben West Gallery, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
A is for Boat | Stewart Huntington
12.23.15 - 02.20.16
This exhibition features a selection of both original images and reproductions that the artist/author created to illustrate his book. A is for Boat explores the capricious nature of the English language in a deceptively simple format. While the text underscores how shifting rules can be confusing, the illustrations show how they can also liberate us. Copies of the book will be available for sale in our gift shop.
As Huntington observes, “We teach children that ‘A is for Apple’ and ‘B is for Boat’, but we know the world is more complicated than that”.
Stewart Huntington is an experienced journalist with extensive experience online, in print and on television. He was a cartoonist in college, Foreign/National News Editor of the San Francisco Examiner and Editor and Publisher of the Black Hills Pioneer in Spearfish. Huntington now covers news for KOTA TV in Rapid City.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Rapid City Arts Council.
Handsome Objects | Ryan Stander
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
11.20.15 - 02.20.16
Handsome Objects invites viewers to consider human identity, memory, and the nature of photography, through the common photograph. With interactive installations and mixed-media work, Stander asks the viewer to engage the found photographic objects as unique meeting points of past and present, memory and identity, persistence and loss.
Originally from the farmlands of northwest Iowa, Ryan is a fairly recent transplant to central North Dakota. He's alternated his education between art and religion [MFA from the University of North Dakota, MA in Theology from Sioux Falls Seminary (SD), and a BA in Art from Northwestern College (IA)]. Drawing upon his theological background, the themes of memory, identity, and place often rise to the fore in his work. Stander is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Minot State University in Minot, ND, where he teaches photography and directs Flat Tail Press.
Exhibit sponsored by Denny Gemeny, South Dakota Arts Council and
Rapid City Arts Council.
Brush, Color, Stroke | RaVae Luckhart
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
11.06.15 - 02.13.16
Brush, color and stroke are fundamental elements of RaVae Luckhart’s painting vocabulary. This is RaVae’s most recent large-scale group of abstract, gestural paintings that grew out of her move from South Dakota to the San Juan Islands of Washington State. As an emotionally responsive painter, RaVae embraces the difference between the warm, bright sunlight of South Dakota and the moist, mysterious Pacific Northwest. Her work is affected by the light, temperature, air and sounds of the region she’s immersed in.
“The paintings that grew from these challenges reveal both celebration and times of struggle as each reflect my experiences. Painting in both studios, as I traveled back and forth between South Dakota and the San Juan islands, I did not approach the canvas with a plan. Rather, I engaged each painting without ego boundaries, entering the painting so I do not know where I end and the image begins. With the accompanying music like that of Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti or Arnold Schoenberg, a communion occurs; I become the painting and that is where art happens. Both my joy and my angst are recorded, without intention, simply because the painting and I are one.”
RaVae Luckhart is a native South Dakotan and retired professor of art from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T) in Rapid City. She developed the art program and founded the Apex Gallery at SDSM&T. RaVae earned her BFA in Painting at the University of Illinois and received her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Arizona. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Award, the Distinction in Creative Achievement Award from the Rapid City Arts Council and the Rushmore Honors Award from the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce.
RaVae lives on San Juan Island, Washington where she is an active, founding member of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.
Exhibit sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Judy Sneller, Lynda Clark Adelstein,
South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
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Pop Cult Bingo: The Art Show | Various Artists
01.19.16 - 02.26.16
This is a group show full of nostalgia and quirk! An open call to artists was advertised, seeking submissions of art with the following theme - create a pop culture homage in the visual style of an old trading card.
Tyler Read, Arts Education Engagement Coordinator for the RCAC, and curator of the exhibit states “This serves as a nostalgic celebration of pop culture as art, and what better way to capture and preserve those moments in time than the trading card? These images on cardboard with their kitsch framing and odd fonts serve as miniature works of art in their own right.”
“We’ve got an awesome variety of pop culture references on display for this show. Tributes to everything from Ghostbusters and Star Wars, to My Little Pony and Donald Trump. There’s a little something for everyone” says Read.
This exhibit is part of our upcoming event, Pop Cult Bingo, scheduled for Thursday, February 4, from 6:30 - 9pm at the Dahl Arts Center. In addition to the art being on exhibit, nine selected pieces from the show will be reproduced into actual trading cards for a special pack available at the Pop Cult Bingo event on February 4. The event is open to the public, more info HERE.
The RCAC’s Emerging Visual Artists Program showcases the talents of local artists and provides a cohesive structure to help artists organize, plan and sustain creative careers, and increase satisfaction in their art practices.
Still photography is permitted for personal, noncommercial use with a hand-held camera/mobile device. Sharing on social media is encouraged! Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited. The use of flashes, tripods or video cameras is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the Curator.
Animals are not permitted in the galleries, with the exception of service dogs.