Into The Dark: Artists Exploring Dark Matter | Various Artists
Ruth Brennan Gallery & Dahl Arts Center Lobby
07.25.14 - 08.30.14
The Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) mounted a two-part exhibit that debuted during the facility's 2013 Neutrino Day science festival. Into the Dark | Artists Exploring Dark Matter features work by 22 prominent South Dakota artists, who were asked to imagine one of nature's most profound mysteries: dark matter. In addition to these 22 works of art, photographs from Matt Kapust, multimedia specialist at Sanford Lab, and Steve Babbitt, photography professor at Black Hills State University will be on display at the Dahl. Both photographers chronicled the transformation of the former Homestake gold mine into a world-class research facility. The result, “Deep Photography,” is a collection of 25 stunning images.
As part of this exhibit, the RCAC and Sanford Lab will present “When Art and Science Collide,” a panel discussion that focuses on the cutting-edge science at Sanford Lab in Lead, S.D., and the artwork that tells a very different dark matter story. The event will take place July 30 with a reception at 5:30pm and the panel discussion at 6pm. Panelists for the discussion are photographers Matt Kapust and Steve Babbitt; visual artist Gina Gibson; and Dana Byram, a science coordinator at Sanford Lab. Music before and after the discussion will be provided by Gordy Pratt.
This exhibit is made possible through a partnership between Sanford Underground Research Facility and the Rapid City Arts Council. Sponsors of the exhibit include Creekside Medical Clinic, Security First Bank and the Rapid City Arts Council.
Other Animals | Tom Thorson
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
06.06.14 - 08.09.14
The key to understanding Thorson’s show is in the title: Other Animals. It reminds us that we too are animals, with complex relationships to the natural world we inhabit. It highlights the personalities of individual creatures and the way they interact with one another and with us. Beyond a mere soapbox statement about human treatment of animals, Thorson’s work celebrates the dynamic lives animals lead, even when those lives occur far from our own civilization, where we may not see them.
To capture this perspective towards nature, Thorson suppresses figurative drawing in favor of emphasizing sharp bursts of metaphorical color. Through color he translates our richly varied associations with animals. Each painting uses non-specific metaphors of color to portray a physical reality filtered through inner realities of perception and memory. The result is a series of paintings that capture Black Hills wildlife not realistically, but rather as we feel about it.
Thorson was born in Rapid City, and grew up exploring the Black Hills, where he first developed his passion for nature. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, he spent two years in France, one of which he spent studying with the renowned painter Jean-Pierre Tessier, before returning to South Dakota. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Paris and New York, and he has been a frequent guest artist and lecturer at colleges and universities across South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska.
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with support from Jim Leach, Attorney at Law.
Inspire | Chris Benson (with Annie Woodle and Leah Diggins)
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
05.02.14 - 08.02.14
Inspire will open to the public on Friday, May 2 with a reception for artists Chris Benson, Annie Woodle and Leah Diggins from 5 - 7pm. Join us in celebrating the artists and their work with light refreshments, cash bar and great people!
The Inspire Project was designed to profile a special group of young people who have remained resilient and shown courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges in their lives. Photographer Chris Benson, along with audio/video artist Annie Woodle and writer Leah Diggins, present a collection of 30 large-scale black and white digital prints paired with written accounts of each subject, complemented by audio-visual elements that together reinforce the message of inspiration for the audience.
These are emotionally moving portraits of everyday youth who have dealt with adversity, often tragedy, and have emerged transformed. The hope is that their stories will have the power to encourage others to begin their own healing journeys.
More info HERE
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with support from Black Hills Power, Ballard Gynecology and an anonymous donor.
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Polaroids (from the series Fiction/Non-Fiction)
Bob H. Miller
Lobby Gallery Wall
06.06.14 - 08.01.14
This newly acquired series of ten (10) Polaroid photographs is from artist Bob H. Miller’s series entitled “Fiction/Non-Fiction”. Appropriating images from news and fashion magazines, Miller constructs new realities that challenge our concepts of photographic truth. Underlying subjects include war, famine, politics, class and the juxtaposition of these subjects with the artificiality of fashion and beauty.
This collection was donated to the Rapid City Arts Council’s Permanent Collection by Ray Graham.
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Emerging Visual Artists
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover | Alex Eichler
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
07.15.14 - 08.23.14
Artists Reception: Monday, August 4 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Alex Eichler is a photographer, whose exhibit entitled “Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover” explores tattoo culture and the people who wear them.
“It is amazing to see such a distasteful and frowned upon thing become such a popular and common thing amongst people. It started in just black and white and that is why the collection is presented in black and white (photographs). Also, the focus is on the many types of people with body art, not the color or design of the art the subjects wear.“
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.