Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo
10.20.17 – 11.25.17
Ruth Brennan Gallery
Artist Reception: Friday, October 27 | 5 - 7pm
Experience the grit, determination, and tumbles of the gay rodeo circuit with this exhibition of photographs that explore a time-honored American tradition. Rendering the story in classic black-and-white imagery, Blake Little captures scenes of camaraderie, identity, and sport in an expansive redefinition of what a cowboy can be.
Consisting of 41 black and white photographs taken by Blake Little between 1988 and 1992, Photographs from the Gay Rodeo documents the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants in those years. The collected body of work not only serves as a stunning example of black and white portraiture and of rodeo photography, it also explores the diverse and complex natures of individual and community identity in the West.
Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo is curated by Johanna Blume, assistant curator of Western art at the Eiteljorg Museum, and offered through the courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN. Johanna will be speaking on Saturday, October 28 from 2 - 3pm at the Dahl Arts Center.
Exhibit generously sponsored by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Community Foundation, Robert and Erin Van Norman, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council. Special thanks to the Black Hills Center for Equality and Suzanne Iudicello Martley.
20th Anniversary Exhibit: Western Exposures | Various Artists
09.15.17 - 12.02.17
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
Twenty years ago there were only a handful of serious photographers working in relative obscurity scattered throughout Western South Dakota. Some art enthusiasts did not consider photography a legitimate art form at that time. Nevertheless, these dedicated artists practiced a wide variety of techniques and mediums such as palladium, platinum, infrared and photo-collage, to name a few. Others were beginning to explore the world of digital technology and printing while some were involved in more traditional photographic practices.
In 1995 the first proposal for a dedicated photography show was accepted by the Dahl Art Center’s Exhibition committee. Thus the first Western Exposures exhibit opened to a record crowd in January, 1996. A second show, Western Exposures II opened in 2004 with twice the number of photographers as the first exhibit. Now, twenty years later, we have invited over 30 artists to participate and to showcase the diverse photography taking place here in western South Dakota. This exhibit is guest curated by Steve Babbitt, professional photographer and photography professor at Black Hills State University and Katie Adkins, Assistant Curator at the Dahl Arts Center and professional photographer.
"Photography gives us glimpses into how people’s minds work. It allows us to see through another’s eyes, and it gives proof that everyone sees the world a bit differently. Photography is History. From the instant the shutter is tripped, that photograph has instantly become a piece of history. Photography is Art. The creative photographic mind is limited only by its own vision. Photography informs the world…"
- Jerry Rawlings, participating photographer
Exhibit generously sponsored by BHSU Photography program, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
22nd Annual Northern Plains Watercolor Society Exhibition
08.25.17 - 10.21.17
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery & Lobby Gallery
This group show features over 30 watercolor artists. Northern Plains Watercolor Society promotes interest, education and appreciation for watercolor painting throughout our expansive region. Each year the selected juror of this show offers a companion workshop in the Black Hills area and awards prizes to numerous participants.
Exhibit generously sponsored by South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
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Emerging Visual Artists
What’s in the Water? | Mickey Mackaben
10.02.17 - 11.10.17
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Café & Gallery
Artist's Reception: Tuesday, October 10 | 5 - 7pm
Although she has steeped herself in creative work, Mackaben began exploring with paint in late 2014. Speaking about her past, Mackaben says, “I have always had this desire to express myself creatively and most of my life I’ve done that as a professional hairdresser. I’m known as ahair artist’ and now I am ready for another form of expression.”
Bright and whimsical, Mackaben’s images explore life, both real and imagined, beneath the ocean waters. Mackaben states, “Painting with acrylics has helped me express my love for the ocean. I love the bold beautiful color, just like the ocean…bold and beautiful. Seen and unseen. This love I have for the ocean calls forth the depths of my soul, which I share through these paintings.”
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.