South Dakota College Art Association Exhibition
South Dakota Art Faculty
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
08.21.15 - 10.23.15
Closing Reception: Friday, October 23 | 5 - 7pm
This exhibit features work from university and college art faculty and staff from around the state. A closing reception will be held on Friday, October 23 from 5 - 7pm.
This statewide group exhibition is made up of 24 college and university art faculty members with a variety of mediums, subjects and techniques. SDCAA is made up of art faculty from colleges and universities in South Dakota. Every faculty member associated with a South Dakota university or college art program is invited to submit work to be juried for the exhibit.
The exhibition is in conjunction with the annual SDCAA conference, held this year in Rapid City at the Dahl Arts Center. The SDCAA Conference gives art and design faculty in higher education a chance to discuss issues of teaching, scholarship and professional standards affecting the arts and faculty in South Dakota’s higher education. Equally important is the opportunity to meet colleagues from other institutions, creating an opportunity to form an outstanding cadre of teaching professionals and friendships.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Lynda Clark Adelstein, SDCAA, South Dakota Arts Council and the Rapid City Arts Council.
Permanent Collection Exhibit l New Acquisitions by Jeff Freeman and Signe Stuart
Ruth Brennan Gallery
08.14.15 - 10.10.15
The Rapid City Arts Council is pleased to present Selections From the Permanent Collection | Jeff Freeman and Signe Stuart. Viewers will have the opportunity to see 18 new additions to our permanent collection from the artist Jeff Freeman as well as two new additions by artist Signe Stuart.
Jeff Freeman's pieces were donated by the artist in 2013 and Signe Stuart's paintings were donated the same year by Arthur Amiotte. Freeman retired from the University of South Dakota after 31 years of teaching painting. Stuart was an art professor at South Dakota State University, retiring in 1994 to work full-time as an artist in Santa Fe. Freeman still works as an artist in Vermillion, SD.
Intended as a legacy for future generations, the Rapid City Arts Council strives to grow and maintain a permanent collection with a primary focus on work by artists who have lived and worked in the region. With a mission to preserve the work of local artists in mind, a variety of art has been collected. The Rapid City Arts Council’s collection is a result of planned collecting goals and the actual resources available. In 1976, an endowment of $6,000 was given by the Rapid City Art Association to the Rapid City Arts Council to facilitate purchases for the permanent collection. Shortly after this, an endowment from the Ann Pier Fund was added and individuals made additional contributions in following years. The interest accrued from this endowment continues to supply funding for collections purchase and care today. While this amount is meager, it has allowed for smaller purchases to be made from local and regional artists. Also significant to the collection are the private contributions from individuals, grants and businesses that aided in the acquisition of artwork.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, South Dakota Arts Council, Rapid City Arts Council and made possible in part by a grant from Stanford M. Adelstein through Allied Arts Fund.
RESPECT: A Contemporary Motorcycle Exhibit | Various Artists
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery & Lobby Gallery
07.24.15 - 09.07.15
For the past 75 years, motorcycle enthusiasts and racers have been congregating in the Black Hills. This juried show will pay homage to the people, machines, industry and lifestyle that created and sustained one of the world’s largest motorcycle gatherings - and is estimated to double the population of the State of South Dakota one week in August.
"Sturgis is an identifier, letters on a t-shirt, and a way to consolidate the experience. While many people will literally go to Sturgis, many will not. They will choose to stay and ride throughout the Black Hills.
Yes, there are the hot spots where anything goes - Buffalo Chip draws tens of thousands for nightly concerts, the Full Throttle attracts on it's reality television fame, and Main Street, Sturgis is truly a motorcycle Mecca. There is plenty of T&A to go around and it's hard not to be startled (or amused) at the absurd lengths someone will go to achieve their 15 minutes of fame.
RESPECT isn't about the outrageous. That has already been done, perhaps over done. RESPECT is a celebration of the everyday person, rider and motorcyclist and their individual experiences that collectively draw them back to a place they feel a part of and deep connection to.
What I would like people to take away from this exhibition is a glimpse of the Rally that gets missed because it's less shiny, but is by far a more remarkable view because it is honest and pure." - Pepper Massey
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Carl’s Cycle Supply, Indian Motorcycle, Rapid City Journal, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
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Emerging Visual Artists
Waxing Poetic: Encaustic works by BHSU art students, Fall of 2014
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe & Gallery
08.11.15 - 09.21.15
Last year, Black Hills State University offered for the first time a course on the use of the Encaustic media. Encaustics, for the uninitiated, is the art of working with a heated wax medium to create art. In Greek, the term Enkaustikos simply means, to burn. The encaustic studio, with thermometers, heated small tins, and metal molding tools, felt more like a scientific lab than an art classroom.
The encaustic medium is the oldest known painting medium. However, it had fallen out of favor due to the rise of acrylics in the mid-20th century and a rebirth of oil paint experimentations soon after. Artisians who were interested in working in encaustic had to make their own waxes. However, encaustics is experiencing a renaissance, and a variety of encaustic medium manufacturers now exist to cater to the newfound demand. More artists are turning to working with wax for a variety of reasons: permanence, strong color, ease of control in creating textures, and ease of creating multi-media works. Because of the resurgence of encaustics in contemporary works, I felt that this medium should be explored by our current students and proposed the course.
In addition to the former list of qualities, the attraction of the encaustic medium for the artist is how the medium allows for creating a sense of depth. Waxes come in either clear, transparent medium, or in opaque colored bricks. Using the clear wax, the artist can build layers, starting with a collage or design with color waxes, adding a separation layer of clear wax, inserting another motif, embedding objects, and finishing with a substrate design or texture. In this method, the artist must think like a chess player and plan later moves. The first move is will not necessarily determine the outcome, but will set the tone and process of the work of art. For that reason, many students considered the course to be one of the most critically challenging, yet rewarding courses they have taken.
The biggest pleasure for me in teaching the Encaustics course is how versatile the medium worked for each student’s own conceptual ideas. When not working on projects for art courses, one student would crochet. The encaustic medium allowed her to crochet her own designs, and layer them into a work that expressed the transitions of time. Other students integrated photography, quilting, drawing, collage, and other techniques into their encaustic works. The ingenuity of the students to take areas of their own expertise and integrate it into a new medium they have never worked in was the hallmark of this particular course. The 2014 pilot course was so successful that it was offered and filled for Fall of 2015.
Written by J. Desy Schoenewies, Assistant Professor of Art at BHSU.
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.