Best of the West | Rapid City Area High School Students
05.05.17 - 05.27.17
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery & Lobby Gallery
Best of the West showcases the work of emerging artists who have shown significant promise throughout the school year. This show is a tribute to the talent and dedication of area students and their teachers, who have taken risks and embraced challenges to reveal their potential.
This year 70 pieces were selected from hundreds of works submitted by local high school students representing grades 9 through 12. Best of the West highlights a multitude of artistic disciplines including: painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, collage, printmaking, pastels and drawing.
The participating high schools include Central, Douglas, Stevens and Saint Thomas More.
This exhibit is generously sponsored by Lynda Clark Adelstein, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
Occasional Void | Luke Gorder
03.31.17 - 06.24.17
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
Luke Gorder’s current work draws on collected imagery from a variety of sources that he then collages into references for large-scale narrative oil paintings. This work represents a tension between the artist’s observation of the natural world and his desire to inject it with a sense of “recklessness and mystery.” The interaction between human and animal, perceived and arbitrary color and landscape versus abstraction represents the struggle to reconnect with primordial nature.
“Painting itself is a paradox, because it welcomes the viewer to take part in an ‘unreality’, so it is my hope to create some sort of equilibrium so that the viewer will want to inject the painting with their own reality. In short, I want to avoid being too literal with a narrative so that the viewer gets to be involved in the process. I use animals in my paintings because they are loaded with connotations.”
Luke Gorder earned his BFA from the University of Wyoming in 2008 and an education degree from Black Hills State University in 2012. He currently teaches drawing and painting at Central High School in Rapid City, SD.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Patrick Roseland, Christian and Gabrielle Seeley, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
A Comic Spirit | Various Artists
03.17.17 - 06.10.17
Ruth Brennan Gallery
Ashley Pourier, Curator at The Heritage Center, has worked with the Rapid City Arts Council in selecting a group of artwork that deals with humor and comedy and the relationship of humor to healing and growth in Native American cultures. The exhibit is made up of 55 pieces including 2D and 3D artwork from 36 different artists and dating from the 1970s to 2016. The mediums used include oil paintings, watercolor, digital art, silkscreen, clay, wood, stone, mixed media, ink and colored pencil. This exhibit features work from numerous Native American tribes.
The Heritage Center (THC) began in 1969 as an art show demonstrating the talent and skills of Native American artists. As a result of purchasing award-winning artwork each year from that show, THC has grown it’s collection to include close to 10,000 pieces.
Special thanks to The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School and guest curator, Ashley Pourier.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Jeff and Linda Lea Viken, Security First Bank, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council
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Emerging Visual Artists
Body Prints: The Selfies | Christie Sandvik
05.02.17 - 06.22.17
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Café & Gallery
Body Prints: The Selfies is an exploration of life-size prints that Sandvik has created over the years exploring her own image, often transformed to convey ideas that further represent her sense of self. This is seen in some of the work in a state of self-inquisition, and in other work transforming through creative process into a mermaid.
“I started making body prints when I was 19 years old, and have been making them ever since,”stated Sandvik. “At the time, I thought the art was just evolving, but have recently discovered that it wasn’t the art that was changing, it was me.”
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.