In Denial of Context: Landscapes and Other Ephemera | Paul Peterson
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
01.24.14 – 04.23.14
This exhibit showcases the paintings of Sturgis painter and musician, Paul Peterson. This expansive show will explore themes dealing with transitions that have taken place in rural life (particularly South Dakota) over the past century. Most of these images are landscapes, some more abstracted than others, all painted with a passionate brushstroke.
In 2012, Paul received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the South Dakota Arts Council. This grant was based on continued research, production and exhibiting his large body of paintings.
Raised on his family’s farm in Eastern South Dakota, Paul watched his father struggle to remain on the land. This struggle directly relates to the theme of transition in rural areas and has influenced Paul’s own relationship with the South Dakota landscape; “The rural landscape is vast and beautiful, full of heartbreak as well as hope ... It is important for me as an artist to visually represent the rural landscape as I know and live it”.
Visit the artist's website HERE
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council.
Beyond Boundaries: Visions From the South Unit of Badlands National Park | Jessica L. Bryant
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
03.07.14 - 05.03.14
This exhibit offers viewers the opportunity to witness and better understand remote areas within Badlands National Park. Utilizing watercolor, the artist helps the viewer consider the myriad of boundaries found in this beautifully rugged environment.
During the cumulative sixteen weeks that Jessica Bryant spent as artist-in-residence at Badlands National Park, she developed a keen love for the unique landscapes and adventures found in the South Unit of the park while investigating the history and stories of these lands. The primary focus of this exhibit is to shed some light on the remote and under-explored South Unit of our state’s only national park which is destined to become the first Tribal National Park.
Jessica has been a practicing artist most of her life, focusing on dry brush watercolor for the past five years. “My work may seem to be simple realism with a simple subject: the classic landscape. Yet my experience with each painting transcends this simplicity. Design, balance and mood all play a part, as they should, but I feel a responsibility to infuse the personality, as I perceive it, into each landscape I paint. While these intangibles may be typically overlooked by the viewer, they are the sin qua for the artist, for whom mastery of technique is merely the vehicle.”
In January of this year, Jessica received notice that her entry was accepted into this year’s American Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition.
In an interview, by Sarah from Yes and Yes, Jessica explains her work, her process and her experience as an artist in residence in the Badlands National Park. Read the article HERE.
Visit the artist's website HERE
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with support from US Bank and an anonymous donor.
A Break from Tradition: Contemporary Drawings
William H. Thielen
Ruth Brennan Gallery
04.18.14 - 07.19.14
Artist's Reception: Friday, April 18 | 5 - 7pm
Made up primarily of complicated geometric shapes, and drawn entirely in black and white, William H. Thielen’s collection of drawings can seem, at first, impersonal and remote. Yet Thielen himself views these pieces as autobiographical, and intends them to stimulate, disturb, and distill feelings from their viewers. This unique dual effect, of mathematical precision and emotional impact, springs from the complexity of the work itself, which constantly shifts and moves beneath the viewer’s gaze, so that what begins as geometry seems almost to come alive. Ultimately, Thielen’s work helps demonstrate that math and feeling are not so different from one another as we might often imagine.
Originally from Pierre, South Dakota, Thielen holds a B.S. in Art from Northern State University in Aberdeen, and an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Throughout his long and prolific career, his work in a variety of media – drawing, painting, installation, fibers, and sculpture – has been displayed across the country, from Berkley, California to Atlanta, Georgia. Currently Thielen lives and works full time as a studio artist in Carbondale, Illinois.
Visit the artist's website HERE
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with support from Security First Bank.
Mini Masters | Preschool Art Show
Art Start Studio
04.02.14 - 04.30.14
As part of Week of the Child™ the Rapid City Arts Council is collaborating with Early Childhood Connections to present Mini Masters, a children’s art exhibition created through local childcare and preschool programs. The exhibition will be open April 2 – April 30, in the Art Start Studio and a reception for the artists and their families will be held from 12 - 2pm on Sunday, April 6. Family, friends and the community are encouraged to attend.
Week of the Young Child™ is a time to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. It is also a time to thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and the Week of the Young Child™ celebrates their contributions.
The RCAC recognizes that early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. As a community we can show support for early learning by promoting early literacy, art and physical education programs, thanking teachers who care for and educate our children, and ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.
Week of the Young Child™ is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including childcare and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
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Emerging Visual Artists
Lights, Camera, Sketchy's | Dr. Sketchy's Group Show
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
04.04.14 - 05.30.14
Drawings of Jedi and Storm troopers, watercolor washes of roller derby girls, and paintings of Geisha’s at tea time fill the gallery space; all created by participants of the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Rapid City branch. This one-of-a-kind show opens to the public on Friday, April 4 and runs through May 30, with an artists' reception on Thursday, April 17 from 6 - 8pm.
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.