The Rapid City Arts Council's Permanent Collection
Intended as a legacy for future generations, the Rapid City Arts Council strives to grow and maintain a permanent collection with a primary focus on work by artists who have lived and worked in the region. With a mission to preserve the work of local artists in mind, a variety of art has been collected.
The Rapid City Arts Council’s collection is a result of planned collecting goals and the actual resources available. In 1976, an endowment of $6,000 was given by the Rapid City Art Association to the Rapid City Arts Council to facilitate purchases for the permanent collection. Shortly after this, an endowment from the Ann Pier Fund was added and individuals made additional contributions in following years. The interest accrued from this endowment continues to supply funding for collections purchase and care today. While this amount is meager, it has allowed for smaller purchases to be made from local and regional artists. Also significant to the collection are the private contributions from individuals, grants and businesses that aided in the acquisition of artwork.
The first acquisition, in 1978, was a watercolor painting, Chinese Dragon, by Duane Baumgartner. Since then, art has been donated by and purchased from numerous artists that reflect the diversity of artistic styles, mediums and expressions that are found in our area. The work collected over the years is eclectic and interesting, from a magnificent copper collar made from found objects by Doris Rudel, sculptures by John Eng, cityscapes by Dave Thiessen and James Van Nuys to more conceptual works by artists like Bob H. Miller.
Each piece in the Rapid City Arts Council’s collections holds a unique message and style to be considered by the viewer, offering a historical reference to the diversity of art within the present time. This is truly a growing tribute to the talent and creativity we find in our midst.
For more information about our collection or specific artworks in the collection, please contact the Curator, Denise Du Broy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 605.394.4101 x206.