Artist and professor Ada B. Caldwell played an important role at South Dakota State University. She led the art department from 1899 to 1936 and taught famous illustrator Harvey Dunn. The South Dakota Art Museum houses many of Caldwell’s works and nine of those important works are in need of conservation treatment.
The South Dakota Art Museum recently received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for $22,003 to treat the nine works.
“The use of the horse regalia was a common practice that was utilized for a giveaway in honor or in remembrance of a relative, identification of a warrior society or used for ceremonies such as the horse dance or simply to parade in celebration. Unfortunately over time, this practice has become almost obsolete and unknown by most among the Oceti Sakowin.” - James Star Comes Out, 2016
To see additional information about this artist please see his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Star-Comes-Out-156630834516794/home.
Speakers: Jay and Paul Fishback and Delphine Red Shirt
Izel Vargas is a South Florida based artist who hails from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He cites his upbringing in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands as playing a vital role in his approach to making art; Vargas’ works are informed by identity, border politics, displacement, and popular culture.
The South Dakota Governor’s 7th Biennial Art Exhibition is now on display at the South Dakota Art Museum through April 16. This juried exhibition, which premiered Aug. 19 at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, showcases the work of artists currently living and working in South Dakota and celebrates the tremendous quality and the unique diversity of artistic creativity within the state.
From clean and geometric, to messy and indistinct, viewers of “Between Order and Chaos” will be forced to make their own interpretation of each piece, as their ideas about art and representation are challenged.
The exhibit premiered at the South Dakota Art Museum Jan. 26 and will be on display until May 21. Jodi Lundgren, the museum’s coordinator of exhibitions, says viewers can expect to be visually excited and challenged by the delightful mixture of pure abstraction.
“Women are making a huge contribution to the arts in South Dakota and it is important to acknowledge it,” said South Dakota State University Professor Jeannie French.
Jodi Lundgren, the South Dakota Art Museum’s coordinator of exhibitions, said viewers will be intrigued upon visiting the museum’s newest exhibit, “Women at Work,” which features 18 selected female artists who live and work in South Dakota. The diverse range of artwork includes paintings, prints, installations, glasswork, artist’s books and sculptures.
The South Dakota Art Museum is hosting a lecture by Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Assistant Curator of Native Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Refreshments will be served. This is free and open to the public.
Throughout the 19th Century, Navajo Chief Blankets were imported into the Northern and Southern Plains, becoming one of the most important inter-tribal luxury goods of its time. This lecture explores the significance, trade, and use of Navajo Chief Blankets in Navajo communities and across Indian Country.
The South Dakota Art Museum is showcasing pairings of contrasting paintings by Harvey Dunn in the exhibit, Night and Day. Displaying these night scenes and day scenes beside one another gives visitors the chance to experience paintings that share not only striking similarities, but also clear differences. Dunn’s ability to use and adjust a range of artistic tools in capturing the truest spirit of whatever he was depicting is specifically highlighted in this exhibit.
A busy summer of work is on display at imPULSE, an exhibit by Peter Reichardt and Andres Torres at the South Dakota Art Museum. Reichardt, a studio arts instructor in South Dakota State University’s School of Design, will provide insights on his work at a Nov. 16 reception. The reception starts at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs until Nov. 26.
Reichardt said most of his work was done this past summer and was created specifically for this exhibit.
It has been almost 15 years since someone approached South Dakota Art Museum Director Lynn Verschoor about a book on Harvey Dunn. As she began to organize the details, she received a call from Walt Reed announcing he had the book ready to publish.
“Have you ever seen a cartoon of somebody’s giant head looking into a fish tank?” asked Steve Bormes, an artist from Sioux Falls. “I’ve always felt like I wanted to be inside of that tank and, with this room, that’s what we’re trying to do. The imaginarium is like putting yourself in there with all these creatures.”
This exhibition highlights Harvey Dunn’s distinctive use of cotton candy colored pinks and blues in his depictions of skies, especially within in his South Dakota prairie paintings. Dunn's iconic "The Prairie is My Garden" is on display along with other familiar works as well as less often displayed Dunn works.
This exhibition features illustrations by Paul Goble containing imagery of butterflies and flowers, recurring themes in many of his books that distinguish his unique style from that of other traditionally pictographic American Indian artforms. Books featured include Adopted by the Eagles, Beyond the Ridge, Buffalo Woman, Dream Wolf, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, The Lost Children, The Return of the Buffaloes and Star Boy.
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Artist Talk at 5:45
South Dakota Art Museum is hosting a free public reception celebrating the work of Gisela Colon. Ms. Colon will speak at 5:45. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The exhibition, "Gisela Colon: PODS" is on display at the South Dakota Art Museum March 2 - July 8, 2018.