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Denatured | Suzanne Wyss
12.15.17 - 04.14.18
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
Artist Reception: Friday, December 15 | 5 - 7pm
Denatured is made up of three large installations, several large-scale sculptures and various smaller growths. Suzanne Wyss’ materials are always chosen for their malleability and tactility. She uses industrial materials to create organic forms.
Wyss grew up in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. In 2013, she received her MFA in Sculpture from Indiana University, Bloomington, and received her BFA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2009. Her sculpture, installation and performance work has been shown throughout the Midwest and as far away as Osaka, Japan. She currently lives, works and creates in sunny Austin, TX.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Brownstone Properties, Lynda Clark Adelstein, Denny Gemeny, RaVae Luckhart & Jack Rice, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
Ate Chinhintku Kici Wakpazopi | Gerald & Jim Yellowhawk
Ruth Brennan Gallery
12.01.17 - 03.03.18
Father and son, Gerald and Jim Yellowhawk, are both South Dakota artists and both enrolled members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. They share their love of their Lakota culture as subject matter in all their art forms. This exhibit will be the first father and son showing that we have had in our galleries.
In addition to being a life-long self-taught artist, Gerald is a retired, ordained minister who is fluent in Lakota. As a young boy, Gerald visualized his life to be that of an artist. Consequently, he has been drawing and painting since childhood. Gerald’s enthusiasm for the outdoors and the four legged and winged friends that share this world, has been a constant source of inspiration for his art. Another profound influence in Gerald’s life has been his grandfather and spiritual leader, Elk Head.
Jim Yellowhawk is a professional artist who works in many two and three dimensional mediums. He has studied the work of Oscar Howe, whose art has been a strong influence on his decision to pursue art as a professional career. Jim is always challenging himself to use different materials in order to accurately communicate what he’s trying to say. Jim has always done humorous pieces and humor has always existed in Lakota culture as a form of healing. Years ago when Jim’s wife passed on from cancer, he found the strength to continue with his artwork and realized that it was helping him heal from that loss.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
Unwrapped | Various Artists
11.17.17 – 12.16.17
This exhibit features small original works by local artists, just in time for the holiday season. This is a juried show and is open to all 2D and 3D 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 144 square inches maximum for each entry. The work is prominently displayed on our Lobby Gallery during the holiday season which includes our annual Holiday Art Market.
The Curious Art of Jerry Root | Jerry Root
11.17.17 - 01.20.18
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
It is quite ironic how a land-locked South Dakota boy became so interested in ships and life-at-sea, but for Jerry Root this all seemed to begin in 1982, after picking up an issue of National Geographic magazine that explored the ship of Sinbad the sailor. This survey exhibit brings to life the vivid imagination of local artist Jerry Root. From hand-built and carved ships in bottles to animal wood carvings, paintings and signs, Root’s passion for life-at-sea inspired a life-long creative obsession.
Jerry Root is a self-taught artist who has lived his entire life in Rapid City. Jerry honed his skills at sign painting by working for several different sign shops over the years. At the end of his career, he was designing casino signs that were being sent all over the world. After retiring from a long and successful career as a sign-painter, Jerry has been able to devote himself full-time to his artwork.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Lynda Clark Adelstein, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
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Emerging Visual Artists
Unci Maka | Lonnie Jeffries
11.15.17 - 01.02.18
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Café & Gallery
Lonnie Jeffries employs extensive process and technique to bring the entire universe visually into each of her works. Most of these works are created on tile or wooden animals that are steeped in her Native culture.
“Being Native American yet raised in a non-cultural home left me feeling like I was missing something. I have only recently started painting in 2017 and feel I have finally found that ‘something’ through my paintings” says Jeffries.
Each finished piece comes alive with amazing color combinations giving the viewer a feeling of looking from afar at Mother Earth and the universe that surrounds her. Jeffries continues, “My hope is that we will one day realize that Earth really is our Mother and we need to take better care of Her and treat Her with respect and especially love.
My art is dedicated to Unci Maka (Mother Earth).”
The term, emerging artist, refers to someone in the early stages of their career. They contribute to the ever-changing and dynamic landscape of contemporary art. The RCAC’s Emerging Visual Artists Program showcases the talents of these artists and provides a cohesive structure to help artists organize, plan and sustain creative careers, and increase satisfaction in their art practices.
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.