Beyond Boundaries: Visions From the South Unit of Badlands National Park | Jessica L. Bryant
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
03.07.14 - 05.03.14
Artist's Reception: Friday, March 7 | 5 - 7pm
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.
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.
Elevations | Larry Blackwood
Ruth Brennan Gallery
01.17.14 – 04.12.14
Larry Blackwood’s photo series, Elevations, focuses on grain elevators. These structures are a familiar sight across South Dakota and the entire Midwest, but Blackwood offers a new perspective, encouraging us to see them in a different context.
While we typically encounter grain elevators as part of a larger landscape or attached to other structures, this series asks that we appreciate them in and of themselves, as architectural subjects with their own unique characteristics. By taking close-up photos of his subjects, Blackwood manages to highlight their geometries, using black and white film to create strong light and shadows and a high-contrast graphic style. In the end, Elevations raises grain elevators from practical structures to the status of monuments of fine art, reminding us of the ever-present beauty of objects in our day-to-day environment.
Born and raised in Kansas, where he originally developed his interest in grain elevators, Blackwood now resides in Bozeman, Montana. With nearly 40 years of experience as a photographer, his work has been shown in galleries across the country and appeared in such fine art photography publications as LensWork, B&W, Popular Photograhy, and Shutterbug.
Visit the Artist's website HERE
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with support from Allied Arts Fund through Sen. Stanford Adelstein and Hotel Alex Johnson.
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
Please use Kansas City Street Entrance
Emerging Visual Artists
Middle School Show | Local Middle School Students
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
03.05.14 – 03.29.14
Area middle school students have been exploring both two and three-dimensional media, creating artwork that includes drawing, painting, printmaking, clay and sculpture.
Students, parents, educators and friends are encouraged to attend
and help support Youth Arts Month.
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.