Other Animals | Tom Thorson
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
06.06.14 - 08.09.14
The key to understanding Thorson’s show is in the title: Other Animals. It reminds us that we too are animals, with complex relationships to the natural world we inhabit. It highlights the personalities of individual creatures and the way they interact with one another and with us. Beyond a mere soapbox statement about human treatment of animals, Thorson’s work celebrates the dynamic lives animals lead, even when those lives occur far from our own civilization, where we may not see them.
To capture this perspective towards nature, Thorson suppresses figurative drawing in favor of emphasizing sharp bursts of metaphorical color. Through color he translates our richly varied associations with animals. Each painting uses non-specific metaphors of color to portray a physical reality filtered through inner realities of perception and memory. The result is a series of paintings that capture Black Hills wildlife not realistically, but rather as we feel about it.
Thorson was born in Rapid City, and grew up exploring the Black Hills, where he first developed his passion for nature. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, he spent two years in France, one of which he spent studying with the renowned painter Jean-Pierre Tessier, before returning to South Dakota. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Paris and New York, and he has been a frequent guest artist and lecturer at colleges and universities across South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with support from Jim Leach, Attorney at Law.
Inspire | Chris Benson (with Annie Woodle and Leah Diggins)
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
05.02.14 - 08.02.14
Inspire will open to the public on Friday, May 2 with a reception for artists Chris Benson, Annie Woodle and Leah Diggins from 5 - 7pm. Join us in celebrating the artists and their work with light refreshments, cash bar and great people!
The Inspire Project was designed to profile a special group of young people who have remained resilient and shown courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges in their lives. Photographer Chris Benson, along with audio/video artist Annie Woodle and writer Leah Diggins, present a collection of 30 large-scale black and white digital prints paired with written accounts of each subject, complemented by audio-visual elements that together reinforce the message of inspiration for the audience.
These are emotionally moving portraits of everyday youth who have dealt with adversity, often tragedy, and have emerged transformed. The hope is that their stories will have the power to encourage others to begin their own healing journeys.
More info HERE
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with support from Black Hills Power, Ballard Gynecology and an anonymous donor.
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Polaroids (from the series Fiction/Non-Fiction)
Bob H. Miller
Lobby Gallery Wall
06.06.14 - 08.01.14
This newly acquired series of ten (10) Polaroid photographs is from artist Bob H. Miller’s series entitled “Fiction/Non-Fiction”. Appropriating images from news and fashion magazines, Miller constructs new realities that challenge our concepts of photographic truth. Underlying subjects include war, famine, politics, class and the juxtaposition of these subjects with the artificiality of fashion and beauty.
This collection was donated to the Rapid City Arts Council’s Permanent Collection by Ray Graham.
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Emerging Visual Artists
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover | Alex Eichler
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
07.15.14 - 08.23.14
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.