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Art Guild | Erik Ritter | Dejunked: Found Objects Into Art

Erik Ritter - Bird of Time, 2011; mixed media sculpture
Erik Ritter, "Bird of Time," 2011; mixed media sculpture. South Dakota Art Museum collection.

Event Details

South Dakota Art Museum Guild Program

Dejunked: Found Objects Into Art

Speaker: Erik Ritter

Coffee: 9:30 - 10:00 | Program: 10:00 - 11:00 

Erik Ritter earned his MFA in 1994 from the San Francisco Art Institute and most recently exhibited during Art Basel week in Miami, and at Scope International in New York. After a successful exhibition at the South Dakota Art Museum his assemblage piece “Bird of Time” was purchased for their permanent collection. He regularly facilitates sustainability themed art workshops for corporations, local elementary schools, and public art centers throughout the Midwest.  For the past ten years, Ritter has taught at several colleges and universities while developing online curriculum as a subject matter expert focusing on art in the world and the workplace.

Erik will share about his artwork and lead us in a short "DeJunked Art" project. Materials will be supplied but feel free to bring any objects you'd like to include in a dejunted artwork.

What is DeJunked Art?

Take your reclaimed objects and turn them into art!  Building unique artworks from new and used parts is a powerful metaphor.  I feel this is the best approach to creating art, for several reasons.  What could be better than taking stuff you don’t want, and turning it into something you want again, instead of creating more waste?  This IS the new ideology for the 21st century.  If we are to survive and even prosper as a culture, it will take innovation to reclaim and rebuild the planet.  Our economic model of constant growth is unsustainable, and we’ll not only have to recycle our materials, but reclaim concepts that work, and create new solutions for the future.  Also, Art can be fun and easy!

For a peek into Erik's work and approach visit his website:

The South Dakota Art Museum Guild provides invaluable volunteer support the the museum and hosts regular programs and excursions, open to the public. Please join us for these informative and fun events!

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 9:30 am – 11:15 am South Dakota Art Museum

Parking Information

Limited parking is available in the Art Museum's reserved lot just west of the museum on Harvey Dunn St (no pass required when you check in at the front desk) but we recommend you take advantage of our reserved BATA Bus service from the Biotest Plasma Center parking lot or stop by the museum prior to Feb. 24 to get a pass for the parking lot behind Scobey Hall. Call Pam Adler at 688-5423 to reserve your spot on the BATA Bus by noon on Monday, Feb. 24.