REFUGE | Deborah Mitchell
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
05.13.16 - 08.27.16
Deborah Mitchell works primarily as a printmaker who also sketches and draws on location. Refuge is made up of two parallel bodies of work. The first is Mitchell’s abstracted monotypes which reflect her experiences while traveling abroad (especially in Turkey). The other body of work is a series of large-scale drawings inspired by Mitchell’s hikes in the Black Hills region.
Mitchell is a third generation artist whose images are inspired by the natural world. She grew up outside of Boston and studied at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She finished her BFA at Utah State University where she also completed her MFA in Printmaking. Currently Mitchell teaches Art, Art History and directs the Apex Gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. She also works as an artist in Rapid City. She was among 6 artists awarded the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship for 2015.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Judy Sneller, South Dakota Arts Council and
Rapid City Arts Council.
BEST OF THE WEST | Black Hills Area High School Students
Ruth Brennan Gallery
05.06.16 - 05.28.16
This annual show of artwork from Black Hills area high schools highlights a vast collection of artistic disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, collage, printmaking and drawings as well as traditional Lakota crafts. The Best of the West exhibit is a tribute to the talent and dedication of students and their teachers.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Anton Kaiser, Security First Bank, South Dakota Arts Council and the Rapid City Arts Council.
WOOD SHOCK | Bryan Christiansen
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
02.19.16 - 05.21.16
Wood shock is an antiquated term used in the late 19th century to classify a person who is genuinely lost in the wilderness. Christiansen has adopted the terminology to expand on themes of hunting and nature.
Wood Shock is a collection of freestanding sculptures and wall-mounted assemblages that pursue points of intersection between humans, their environments and proximity to nature. Using hunting as an ideological point of departure, Christiansen hunts and gathers materials found in and around the cities he has lived in order to create life and larger-than-life sized animals, skulls and reliquaries, all in homage to the secret lives we live. Through a ritualistic process of gathering, deconstructing and assembling, the works in Wood Shock transform discarded and abandoned objects in alleyways and dumpsters into prized mementos.
Bryan Christiansen is a South Dakota native who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno with a minor in Philosophy in 2009. He has exhibited throughout the western U.S. and is represented by the Stremmel Gallery in Reno NV.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, South Dakota Arts Council and the Rapid City Arts Council.
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Emerging Visual Artists
Night Owl | Seth Harwood
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
05.10.16 - 06.22.16
Artist's Reception: Saturday, May 14 | 7 - 9pm
Night Owl is a photographic exploration of Seth Harwood’s ongoing relationship with the vehicular landscape, and his appreciation for the solitude of the night. Throughout his youth, automobiles were a constant presence. He frequently rode along with his father who was a repo man, as well as with his grandparents in their Peterbuilt semi.
His first experience with photography was bringing disposable cameras along during these cross-country trips with his grandparents. Ever since then, photography has been a reoccurring interest in his life.
Harwood recently graduated from Black Hills State University with a B.S. in Architectural Studies, and is now working towards a M.F.A. in Photography. He hopes to eventually become an educator, utilizing his passion for photography to help inspire others to pursue their own passions.
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.