Animal Attraction | Dede Farrar
12.23.16 – 03.04.17
Animal Attraction is an exhibit of paintings that focuses on animals that have close relationships with humans including pets, wildlife and working animals found on farms and ranches. Using rich acrylic colors and textures, Farrar’s representational approach to these animals helps viewers to see these relationships in new ways. Her goal is simply to enable her audience to find peace, intellectual stimulation, beauty and happiness through the fruits of her artistic labor.
Dede’s history with art goes back several generations. She earned her BS in Education from Chadron State College and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from The University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Farrar has visited Europe several times and has traveled widely, especially in the Western United States. She feels travel is important to her continuing education as an artist and finds travel fulfilling and stimulating. Farrar currently resides near Silver City, SD along with her ever faithful companion and muse Tiger, the Catahoula Leopard Dog.
Exhibit sponsored by Lynda Clark Adelstein, South Dakota Arts Council and
Rapid City Arts Council.
THE HORSE NATION OF THE OCHETHI SAKOWIN | Various Artists
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
12.16.16 - 03.24.17
This is a multi-media group traveling exhibition inspired by the voices and perspectives of the Šúŋka Wakȟáŋ Oyáte (Horse Nation), gathered through community informed processes. This show represents a partnership between The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, artist Keith BraveHeart and the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota people. Pieces from The Heritage Center and other collections will be featured alongside original artworks made specifically for this exhibition.
The exhibit expands on the 2014 film We Are A Horse Nation made by Keith BraveHeart about the Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. The intention of this exhibit is to create an exhibition space that presents itself as an environment that pays respect to the Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. As such, it is also the intention that this exhibit be driven by a grassroots, community-influenced process as opposed to an institution-led show.
Exhibit courtesy of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, co-curated by Keith BraveHeart, Mary Maxon and Ashley Pourier, with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Black Hills Community Foundation, South Dakota Humanities Council, Joyce Dobbert, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, and Racing Magpie L.L.C.
Exhibit sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
Elements of Ritual / An Endless Journey | The Legacy of Doris Rudel
Ruth Brennan Gallery
12.09.16 - 03.11.17
This exhibition surveys the artistic career of local artist, Doris Rudel, who passed away in July, 2016. This diverse body of work includes 35 pieces of art spanning the past 35 years of Doris’s lengthy artistic career. The show includes wall-hangings, free-standing sculpture, elaborate necklaces and collars as well as other articles of adornment. At final count, Doris and her husband, Rudy, had visited twenty-one countries on five continents. These expansive traveling experiences have been woven into her broad and meticulous creative process.
“Traveling among peoples of diverse cultures, I have been privileged to view many objects of great beauty, style and craftsmanship: court finery, intended to display wealth and power as well as ancient traditions of colorful mythology and symbolism. The remarkable jewelry and clothing I have seen is never merely decorative. It speaks of values, beliefs, achievements and status. These pieces become ‘art in everyday affairs’ for many nomadic tribes. I have assimilated many different cultures in my work to convey the gift of friendship I have formed as a traveler and student of ancient cultures.” - Doris Rudel
Rudel was born in Harvey, North Dakota. She lived the majority of her life in Pennington County, near Rapid City and the Black Hills National Forest. Her formal training was in commercial art. She studied visual arts at the Montana Institute of the Arts and at the University of London in the United Kingdom. Her professional visual arts career spanned four decades.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Rudel Family (Cheryl, Ross, Rhea, Chad),
Arlene Ham Burr, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
BIG WILD | Kaye Buchman
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
11.18.16 - 03.04.17
The exhibition Big Wild is a collection of related multi-media works by Chicago-based artist Kaye Buchman. Created with sensitivity to our embattled ecosystems and exploited natural resources, these works attempt to showcase the elegant, expressive, and destructive energies of the natural environment, their vital regenerative powers, and the meditative and metaphysical qualities they possess.
This grouping of large-scale pen and ink drawings, thematic artist books, mixed media paintings, moving picture boxes, and digital animations represents spaces, places, forms and ideas developed through years of sketchbook research, the meditative practice of shoshin or empty mind, the study of fairytales and vintage illustrations, and an ongoing dedication to the vast and unrestrained world of visual discovery.
Kaye Buchman is a Chicago-based artist and educator. She received her BFA from Illinois State University with an emphasis in printmaking and her MFA degree from the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in drawing and painting. Kaye’s studio work includes large-scale pen and ink drawings, series paintings on polyester resin and aluminum sheeting, thematic bookmaking, digital and linocut printmaking and digital animation. She is currently working on several projects relating to the accelerated changes taking place in our natural environment and the impact of technological advancement on our natural resources (including ourselves).
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, South Dakota Arts Council and
Rapid City Arts Council.
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Exposed By Fire | Caleb Munger
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
01.17.2017 – 03.01.2017
Exposed By Fire is a photographic exploration of Munger’s ongoing relationship with firefighting, and his appreciation for the primal beauty of fire itself. Munger is a third-generation volunteer firefighter and seasonal firefighter with the US Forest Service.
Munger states, “The fire service is filled with adrenalin, excitement, and devastation. This body of work was produced over the course of several training exercises involving live propane simulated fires. These exercises, while controlled, had many of the real dangers involved in fighting a fire.
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.