South Dakota Governor's 6th Biennial Art Exhibition
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
01.16.15 - 05.30.15
Artists' Reception: Friday, January 16 | 5 - 7pm
This exhibition serves as a celebration of the tremendous quality and unique diversity of artistic creativity within the state. The biennial exhibition serves as an historical record, sharing some of South Dakota’s best works and greatest artists with statewide audiences now and in the future. The 6th biennial is a completely juried competition. This year a guest juror selected 54 pieces from 49 artists to participate in the 2015 show.
The South Dakota Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition was established in 2003 to recognize and encourage South Dakota artists and to promote the artistic identity of South Dakota. It celebrates the cultural and artistic heritage as well as the future of South Dakota. The exhibit travels to several venues around the state for two years. This year the locations include the South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings; Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls; University of South Dakota’s John A. Day Gallery, Vermillion; and the Dacotah Prairie Museum, Aberdeen.
Exhibit sponsored by US Bank, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
Ukiyo-e : Pictures of a Floating World
Japanese Woodblock Prints
Inez & Milton Shaver
12.23.14 - 03.07.15
Ukiyo-e prints were intended as art for the lower classes and they represent an authentic view of Japanese life before industrialization. Charles Lang Freer, a wealthy Detroit businessman and avid art collector, traveled to Asia where he acquired these prints. Eventually Freer donated a selection of his large collection to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He also designed and built his own small exquisite art museum, Free Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. It is one of the preeminent museums of Asian art in the United States.
In addition to donating a selection of works to institutions, in 1919 Freer gifted 46 Japanese woodblock prints to his Art Curator, Stephen Warring. Warring is the grandfather of local art historian and professor Richard Hicks who has generously loaned 18 prints for display at the Dahl Arts Center. On February 19 at 5:30pm Hicks will give a talk about how he came to own these prints, a history of the tradition of Japanese woodblock prints and a discussion of the process and subject matter common in this style of artwork.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, US Bank, Christian and Gabrielle Seeley, and Rapid City Arts Council.
Weather Report | Andrzej Maciejewski
Ruth Brennan Gallery
12.12.14 - 03.14.15
This exhibit, entitled Weather Report, captures the dramatic changes in weather conditions over a year’s time in the small village of Moscow, Ontario, Canada.
Maciejewski took the 36 photos that make up Weather Report using his own, hand-made camera obscura, positioned near his house along Long Swamp Road in Moscow. Shooting a single view during a variety of times, seasons and weather conditions allows him to highlight just how elusive our memory of place can be: “In the summer you only have a vague memory of how your garden looked in the winter, covered with snow. Even in the evening, it is difficult to recall how the landscape looked in the entirely different light of morning.” This series creates side-by-side comparisons of place, turning time into space.
The camera obscura, an ancient prototype of today’s modern camera, consists of a box with a small hole on one side through which light passes, reproducing the scene outside against the inner wall. Maciejewski’s version is a walk-in structure, 6’ x 6’ x 10’, which allows him to photograph in virtually all kinds of weather.
Maciejewski has been photographing for 29 years. Currently, he lives in Ontario, Canada, where he teaches at the Haliburton School of Arts.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Security First Bank and the Rapid City Arts Council.
Celebration of Works | Grete Bodogaard
Lobby Gallery Wall
11.18.14 - 01.31.15
The Rapid City Arts Council is pleased to present the work of Grete Bodogaard, a master weaver who has lived in South Dakota for 45 years, 20 years of which were in the Black Hills region. Her work is on loan from local friends, family and collectors of her work.
Grete was born in Bodo, Norway where she first began studying textiles. She immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1969. Her weavings have been commissioned throughout the Midwest, including St. Michael’s Church in Sioux Falls and Rapid City Regional hospital. Grete’s exhibitions include an Oregon and New York touring show entitled A Fine Line; The Human Weft in Portland, Oregon; Beyond the Spill in Anchorage, Alaska; Norwegians in America in Hamar, Norway; and World Weaver’s Wall in Melbourne, Australia. The master-weaver has driven all over South Dakota as an Artist in the Schools with the SD Art Council’s program. She has also traveled extensively throughout SD teaching workshops on spinning and dyeing. Grete Bodogaard is the recipient of the 2002 South Dakota Governor’s Award for Creative Achievement. She has participated in the SD Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibitions as well as the American Tapestry Biennials.
“As I travel on my journey around the sun I have learned to spin fibers, dye yarns and weave my thoughts and ideas. I have learned from masters through apprenticeships in Denmark, craft schools in Norway and textile conservation in England. After finding my own language in tapestry weaving, I have traveled on the road of colors and design. I weave the birds I feed, the plants I grow, my frustration of wars and chaos in the world and my love of place. I grew up traveling and discovering and was influenced by Norwegian tapestry weavers. The Polish weavers in the 1960s showed me the limitless possibilities on the loom. Studies of ancient techniques have taught me how close I am to the weavers of the past and how much there is to realize and learn. Weaving is my other language, my expression of joy and frustrations.”
This exhibit is generously sponsored by Jeff Viken, Kris Spanjian, Jane Pfiefle,
Geri Konenkamp, Jim Leach and the Rapid City Arts Council.
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Emerging Visual Artists
Mikwendam | Valarie Janis
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe & Gallery
01.13.15 - 02.20.15
Valerie Janis is a photographer whose exhibit entitled “Mikwendam” explores Native American culture up close. Janis is Ojibwe, but grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Janis uses macro photography to capture elements of traditional native culture in the here and now. The close up detail of the objects celebrates them as they exist today while paying homage to their history.
“I named the exhibit Mikwendam which translates to Remember; because we need to remember to see the beauty that surrounds us. These photographs hold the memories of the meaning of the object, and they also hold the memories of life and time.”
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.