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South Dakota Governor’s 9th Biennial Art Exhibition

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This exhibition shares some of South Dakota’s best artworks and greatest artists at four exhibiting institutions across the state through the course of the one-year traveling show. The 9th Biennial is an entirely juried exhibition featuring 66 artworks from 66 artists selected from 289 works submitted by 102 artists. 

The 9th Biennial begins at the South Dakota Art Museum (March 19 - June 13, 2021) before traveling to the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls (June 26  – September 19, 2021), the John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion (October 16  – November 5, 2021) and the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City (December 3, 2021– March 5, 2022).

The mission of the South Dakota Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition is to recognize and encourage South Dakota artists, to promote the artistic identity of South Dakota, to celebrate the cultural and artistic heritage and future of South Dakota, and to encourage a larger sense of community and connection across separate artistic communities within the state.

The state biennial is always a celebration of artistic excellence and diversity. This traveling exhibition exposes South Dakotans and visitors to the state to the range and quality of artistic practices taking shape here and now. 

9th Biennial Artist Cocktail Hour Chats

As an alternative to an opening reception, we invited the exhibition artists to share their works and practices through virtual artist chat gatherings hosted by South Dakota Art Museum Exhibitions Curator, Jodi Lundgren.. Thirty artists responded and the result is this series of artist chats "curated" around connecting themes. We invite you to enjoy the replays of these programs to get a deeper appreciation of the practices and works of these artists from across South Dakota.

  • April 13: Agricultural Landscapes | Karen Kinder, Paul Peterson and Jessie Rasche - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #1
  • April 20: Sunsets and Moonlight | Susan Drey, Carol Geu, Deborah Mitchell and Phyllis Packard - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #2
  • April 27: COVID Reflections | Christopher Meyer, J. Desy Schoenewies and Vickie Schumacher - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #3
  • May 4: Surreal Landscapes | Alexis Doerr, Safet Musinovic and Dustin Twiss - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #4
  • May 11: Conceptual Landscapes | Michael Baum, Quintin Owens and Altman Studeny - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #5
  • May 18: Contemporary Women | Diana Behl, Amanda Boerger and Liz Heeren - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #6
  • May 25: Process and Form | Jodi Jensen Vittitoe, Haley Larson, Erik Ritter and Joe Schaeffer - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #7
  • June 3: Photographic Landscapes | John Banasiak, Skott Chandler and Michael Ramey - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #8
  • June 8: Natural Connections | Angela Behrends, Ginny Freitag, Becky Grismer and Susan Heggestad - CLICK TO WATCH CHAT #9

Exhibiting Artists

Tenyoh ♦ Steve Babbitt ♦ Byron Banasiak ♦ John Banasiak ♦ Michael Baum ♦ Diana Behl ♦ Angela Behrends ♦ Amanda Boerger ♦ Keith BraveHeart ♦ Roger Broer ♦ Dillon Bryant ♦ Skott Chandler ♦ Alexis Doerr ♦ Nemo Dorn ♦ Susan Drey ♦ Bill Feterl ♦ Thomas Fluharty ♦ Jeff Freeman ♦ Ginny Freitag ♦ Carol Geu ♦ Gina Gibson ♦ Luke Gorder ♦ Becky Grismer ♦ Amber Hansen ♦ Sarah A. Hanson-Pareek ♦ Seth Harwood ♦ Liz Heeren ♦ Susan Heggestad ♦ JoAnn Hoffman ♦ Jodi Jensen Vittitoe ♦ Rick Johns ♦ Thomas Jones ♦ Jeremy Kendall ♦ Young Ae Kim ♦ Karen Kinder ♦ Epiphany Knedler ♦ Haley Larson ♦ Michele Meester ♦ Christopher Meyer ♦ Darcy Millette ♦ Deborah Mitchell ♦ Alan Montgomery ♦ Safet Musinovic ♦ Sandra Newman ♦ Quintin Owens ♦ Phyllis W. Packard ♦ John Peters ♦ Paul Peterson ♦ Tim Peterson ♦ D. George Prisbe-Przybysz ♦  Michael Ramey ♦ Jessie Rasche ♦  Jerry Rawlings ♦  Anna Reich  ♦ Tim Rickett ♦  Erik Ritter ♦  Barbara Rowe ♦  Joe Schaeffer ♦  J. Desy Schoenewies ♦  Vickie Schumacher ♦  Gary Steinley ♦  Altman Studeny ♦  Daniel Tackett ♦  Dustin Twiss ♦  Lynn Verschoor ♦  Anna Youngers

Price List

Works in the exhibition are available for purchase through the South Dakota Art Museum Store. Stop in or call 605-688-5423.

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Little Buddhas of Light, ceramic clay, acrylic, stain, 2019


Steve Babbitt

Stone Ring, photograph, 2019


Byron Banasiak

Ruin Bar in Budapest, photograph, 2020


John Banasiak

Wrapped Roses, Beijing, China, sea salt/silver on gelatin print, 2019


Michael Baum

Between The Lines, silkscreen on Arnhem 1618 paper, 2020


Diana Behl

in fig. (e), transfer drawing and relief on Kitakata, 2019


Angela Behrends

Plaid Grass, ceramic, mixed-media, 2020


Amanda Boerger

Coping Mechanism, acrylic on canvas, 2020


Keith BraveHeart

South Dakota Still (Life), acrylic on canvas, 2021


Roger Broer

Like Sheep, enhanced monotype, 2020


Dillon Bryant

To be left wanting, archival pigment print from scanned and toned mordancage print, 2020


Skott Chandler

Water Closets at Glacier Lagoon, photograph, archival pigment print, 2019  


Alexis Doerr

That Old Dirt Road, acrylic, embroidery, glitter, purchased print, 2020


Nemo Dorn

P9, oil on canvas, 2019


Susan Drey

Elmwood Park, watercolor on paper, 2020


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Bill Feterl

Desktops and Shadows, watercolor, 2020


Thomas Fluharty

The Dogfather, oil on panel, 2020


Jeff Freeman

Pathway Markers, oil on canvas, 2019


Ginny Freitag

Equinoctial Quartet, clay, wood, gold leaf, horsehair, 2019


Carol Geu

Vermillion Sunset No. 1, wool, 2020


Gina Gibson

Phases, digital mixed media, 2020


Luke Gorder

Big Thoughts #2, oil on canvas, 2020


Becky Grismer

banana tree, tree bark, ceramic, encaustic, ink washes, polyurethane, 2021


Amber Hansen

Paper Pony No. 11, graphite on paper, 2020


Sarah A. Hanson-Pareek

At play in the fields of corona, inkjet print, 2020


Seth Harwood

Untitled, illustration, 2020


Liz Heeren

Carbon Planet, acrylic and colored pencil on board, 2020


Susan Heggestad

Dissipative Structures, mixed media on paper, 2019


JoAnn Hoffman

Moonshine, quilt, 2016


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Jodi Jensen Vittitoe

Yellow Teapot, ceramic (cone 6 clay body, glaze), 2020


Rick Johns

Hiding in the woods, acrylic, oil stick, drawing media & collage on panel, 2020


Thomas Jones

Surreal Door, photograph, 2020


Jeremy Kendall

The Hills,The Lake, acrylic on braced wood panel, 2020


Young Ae Kim

Operation Warp Speed, acrylic on canvas, 2020


Karen Kinder

Grazing Sheep, oil on canvas, 2019


Epiphany Knedler

Four Fathers Overlooking Tourists, archival inkjet print, 2020


Haley Larson

Cladogram, video, 2019


Michele Meester

Poppies & Bass, screen print and watercolor, 2018


Christopher Meyer

Masked Consciousness, cast iron, 2020


Darcy Millette

Without the Air, acrylic, pencil on panel, 2020


Deborah Mitchell

Moonlight in the Garden, monotype and paint stick, 2018


Alan Montgomery

Umphalos with Portal Open, mixed media, 2019


Safet Musinovic

Enchanted Falls, oil on canvas, 2019


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Sandra Newman

Rimrocks and Spearfish Creek, oil, 2020


Quintin Owens

Lookout Mt Topo Lines, 3D-printed ceramic, 2020


Phyllis W. Packard

Setting Sun, woven fiber, 2000


John Peters

Exotic Wooden Tower, mixed woods, small cast resin, 2020


Paul Peterson

Dakota Landscape-Subtler Monuments, oil, topsoil, iron filings on canvas, 2020


Tim Peterson

Curbside, pastel, 2018


D. George Prisbe-Przybysz

Dakota Tonalism Series - Opus 91 - Sinis II, oil on canvas panel, 2020


Michael Ramey

Belle Inn, photograph, 2020


Jessie Rasche

Chat Between Neighbors, oil, 2020


Jerry Rawlings

Watermelon Sunset, photograph, 2020


Anna Reich

McCrossan Boys Ranch 1, archival pigment print, 2018


Tim Rickett

Crack, tsssst, sip, ahhh cans from the grid, found object, modeling turf, 2019


Erik Ritter

Alchemy 777, mixed media, 2020


Barbara Rowe

The Reach to Fall, batik with acrylic dyes, 2020


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Joe Schaeffer

Friends in High Places, ink, oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas, 2020


J. Desy Schoenewies

Ghosts ...and He Realized He Would Be the Last Thing to Exist, oil and acrylic transfers

on canvas, 2020


Vickie Schumacher

Raven Mask, cotton mask (manufactured), block printing ink, 2020


Gary Steinley

Spearfish Canyon Early Morning Surprise — First Snow, oil on canvas panel, 2020


Altman Studeny

Word Painting 23, acrylic, 2020


Daniel Tackett

Roger Broer, colored pencil on paper, 2020


Dustin Twiss

Velociraptor, colored pencil on paper, 2020


Lynn Verschoor

Crystal Lattice, dye, paint, thread on cotton, 2020


Anna Youngers

Peach Trio, oil on linen panel, 2021




This exhibit is made possible in part by the generous support of the South Dakota Arts Council with the sponsorship of the South Dakota Governor's Office. We thank all of the artists who submitted their work, and Governor Noam, whose endorsement enables this exhibition to continue to document and exhibit the art made here and now in South Dakota.

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