Art goes far beyond the paintings on a gallery wall. We use the term ‘art’ to describe everything from Rembrandt to motorcycle maintenance. Likewise, ‘design’ alludes to many different mediums. From the architecture that decorates our downtown streets to the layout on our computer screens and desks on which they sit, design brings ease and aesthetically appealing convenience to our everyday lives.
Located on 11th, just off of the Phillips Avenue main drag, The Sioux Falls Design Center is a space that seeks to shed light on the importance of design in our everyday lives. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kellen Boice and chat a bit more about the Sioux Falls Design Center.
Jordan: What is the Sioux Falls Design Center’s goal as a space and organization?
Kellen: The Sioux Falls Design Center’s main mission is to inform and engage the public on design in the community they live in. We do the with help from our sponsors by hosting events, where people can come in and learn about design.
J: What are some of the events that the Design Center hosts?
K: The Sioux Falls Design Center is open every First Friday for an evening event. Generally it ties in with our DC Gallery and what we are exhibiting for that month, highlighting one of our SFDC Sponsors.
On a quarterly basis, we host an event called PechaKucha Night where we ask the public to sign up to give a presentation. Each presenter has 20 images that rotate every 20 seconds to talk, which comes out to six minutes and 40 seconds to talk about whatever they are passionate about. We always have an electric mix of topics ranging from “Swamp Thing: Collecting for a World Record” to “The gothic vault in the Digital Age” to “Being and Coffee.” This event happens during the First Fridays in March, June, September, and December, with the next one on September 5th.
Throughout each month we may host lectures, panel discussions, workshops, design charrettes, all of which are always free and open to the public. These events can be found on our website calendar and Facebook page.
J: What is going on during the month of June at the Design Center?
K: June 13th, from 11AM to 2PM, people can stop by SFDC and pick up some unofficial city flag of Sioux Falls swag.
Later in the month, on the 22nd from 6:30PM to 8PM, we will host a Design Charrette with Live Well Sioux Falls to come up with some designs for bike racks that will be placed around the city.
We will also be featuring an Emerging Artist in our DC Gallery, Klaire Pearson. Claire is pursuing her MFA at the University of South Dakota and has a very impressive collection called “Feminine Attempts.”
J: How can artists or designers reach out to exhibit at or become involved with the Sioux Falls Design Center?
K: Artists can submit to be one of our emerging artists by downloading an application from our website and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with 5 to 8 images of their work. we also are looking for volunteers during events to help with taking photos, arranging chairs, and even drawing on the chalk boards.
Check out more about the Sioux Falls Design Center at www.siouxfallsdesigncenter.org or stop in to 108 West 11th Street in Sioux Falls Monday through Friday between 1PM and 6PM.