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.
11.17.2015 - 12.19.2015
This exhibit features small original works by local artists, just in time for the holiday season. This is a juried show and will be open to all artists to submit. In keeping with the idea that our visitors like to give and receive hand-made gifts of art during the holidays, we have set a size limit of 100 squares inches maximum for each entry with the understanding that all of these original artworks will offered for sale. The work will be prominently displayed on the Lobby Gallery Wall and will include an assortment of styles and mediums.
Exhibit generously sponsored by First National Bank, 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.
Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: The Collages of Arthur Amiotte, 1988-2014
Ruth Brennan Gallery
10.16.15 - 01.23.16
Arthur Amiotte, the great-grandson of Standing Bear (1859-1933), incorporates images from Standing Bear’s work in his collage paintings. Amiotte’s collages chronicle changes in Lakota culture from the early reservation period to the 1930s. Achieving statehood in 1889, South Dakotans also experienced this as a time of dramatic changes in agriculture, technology and increase in immigrant populations. The events portrayed in the collages show the Lakota people adapting to a new way of life while maintaining their traditional identity.
This exhibition features 25 of Arthur Amiotte’s original paintings on loan from private and museum collections throughout the United States. To present the full chronology of works begun in 1988, 31 actual-size, singular reproductions will represent originals not available for this exhibition. In addition, a replica of a painting on muslin by Lakota artist Standing Bear will be on display.
This exhibit is the culmination of the Enduring Vision Fellowship (2010-2013) that Arthur Amiotte received from the Bush Foundation, St. Paul, MN. The exhibit is a summary of his 53 year career and is the only comprehensive show of his collages. Amiotte, a well-known artist, educator and scholar throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, has had his work exhibited in numerous state, national and international exhibitions since 1961.
Exhibit sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Allied Arts Fund / Stanford Adelstein Fund, Security First Bank, Lynda Clark Adelstein, South Dakota Arts Council and
Rapid City Arts Council.
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Charlie | Jeannie Larson
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
11.20.15 - 12.31.15
Just in time for the holidays, when many children will be adopting new toy dolls into their family, photographer Jeannie Larson offers an exhibit of work that explores a more haunting vision of the classic doll. “This series of images follows a doll by the name of Charlie who takes on too many human characteristics” says Larson. She goes on to say “He starts out as just a doll, an innocent piece of fabric and plastic. He transforms into a nightmarish figure.”
Explaining her process, Larson notes, “The images shown here are created using a medium format film camera on low shutter speeds to create the effect that Charlie is actually moving. They are then processed in a black and white dark room creating an authentic feel of an old horror movie that makes Charlie become more alive than any doll.”
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.