All posts by Tana Zwart

CFA: Voyage FCU Gallery

Voyage Federal Credit Union at Dawley Farms is searching for the next artist to fill their new gallery walls. The art has to be appropriate for a corporate setting, but various mediums are welcome (paintings, photography, sculptures, drawing, etc). The gallery is very open, and can easily handle 15-20 large pieces upwards of 6X6 or dozens of smaller pieces. They would love to check out your art, have you check out the space, have a combined show with another artist, or do a transfer show.

Contact Molly Brown at or text 605-413-0096.




  • Full Circle Book Co-op is taking literary and artistic submissions for its inaugural anthology, Midwest Apocalypse, set for printed and digital release January 15, 2018.
  • Artwork: Print Media must be in digital format and be converted to black and white. Large files please.
  • Artwork: Photography must be in digital format and be converted to black and white. Large files please.
  • Send no more than three pieces of writing or artwork per submission.
  • Previously published writing is not accepted (this includes digital media such as blogs, Facebook, etc.).
  • Submit poems/stories/artwork as an attached file to with the subject line ‘Submission: Apocalypse’ by December 1, 2017.
  • Authors and artists included in the anthology will receive $10 each, one complimentary copy, and may order additional copies at cost.
  • For more info, click here.

Sioux Falls Nights: Crafted With Pride

SDPB takes an inside look at the studios of Pride Neon, which for seventy years has been instrumental in shaping the look of Sioux Falls’ city streets. Pride has only employed three glass blowers over the course of those seventy years. Scott Johnson is one of them.

via SDPB. View the video here.

Local Cartoonist Named Pavilion Visual Arts Director

Local artist and business owner Jason Folkerts is going to be the new director of the Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center, the pavilion announced Friday.

You have probably seen Folkerts’ work around town. Folkerts, a Sioux Falls native, is a full-time artist and owns a business that specializes in cartooning, murals and live art. He has also been a youth pastor for over 20 years and wants to help bring in the next generation of artists, holding cartoon workshops at businesses and schools.

Folkerts hopes to increase the pavilion’s engagement with local education leaders, he said in a statement.

“I’m excited to approach this new journey with some key actions,” Folkerts said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to increasing community engagement and seeing more people visit. We want to be very innovative and take some risks – the idea is to get people to say ‘wow, we have to go experience that!’”

According to Folkerts’ website, he has written six original musicals, illustrated six children’s books, has drawn over 500 editorial cartoons and has done 140 murals for schools around the nation.

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

(June 24-September 16, 2017)
Everest Gallery of the Washington Pavilion

It seems to me that the Washington Pavilion often appears as just a landmark to Sioux Falls inhabitants, and not much else. Contrary to this perception, however, the Pavilion is always changing; providing new sights, activities, and learning experiences. Recently, the Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center staff transformed their largest gallery (the Everest Gallery) to accommodate an exhibition that travels internationally. The show, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, has been traveling since 2015, and features unique works of origami from artists around the world.


With my first step into the gallery, I was immediately aware that I would not be peering at any paper cranes that day. Instead, I was greeted by whimsical, inflated creatures that dangled from the ceiling, and fantastic forms encased in blown glass bubbles that surely could not be made of paper. The Pavilion’s assistant curator, Sarah Odens, was right when she stated that this “is origami like most of us have never seen before.” The works vary from large-scale installations, to optical illusions that hang flat on the wall. A massive, seven-foot-tall piece by Jiangmei Wu, is waiting in the back of the gallery to take your breath away!

While exploring the show, I also took some time to watch the PBS film that is screening in gallery. To my surprise, the artists interviewed within the film are many of the same artists featured within this show. I’m glad I took a few minutes to listen, as it outlined how these artists are at the forefront of the origami realm, but are also wildly intelligent engineers, architects, and mathematicians. They are not only changing the way we think about origami, but also how the science of folding can be applied to real world problems! I learned that origami artists like Robert Lang and Erik and Martin Demaine have used paper folding to solve issues surrounding air bag folding, expandable space telescopes, and human proteins that fold to fight disease!

I highly recommend making a stop at the Pavilion to see this show. As Odens mentioned, “pictures do not do this work justice… to see all these folds up close and in person is an experience.” Allow yourself to be amazed by these pieces! Make “connections to the origami [you] learned when [you] were young… and then see what paper can do and what origami artists, with science and mathematics, can achieve.”

This international show will be on display in the Everest Gallery of the Washington Pavilion until September 16, 2017. And don’t forget about Free First Fridays! On August 4th, not only will entrance to the Visual Arts Center be free, Robert Lang (one of the many artists and engineers featured in this show) will be speaking about his work, his education, and how he uses origami to solve real-world issues. Don’t miss out! Lang is speaking at 7 p.m. in the Belbas Theater of the Pavilion.


The first weekend in July may have set a record downtown. From events, to people traffic, to motorcycles; everywhere you went there was something to enjoy, a crowd of people enjoying it, and virtually nowhere to park. Like most summer weekends, you have to pick and choose what to do, but July First Friday proved to be a roided out rendition of Sophie’s Choice. No matter what you picked, you likely still felt like you were missing out on 10 other things. Some, to be never experienced again, like Art Maze II. It was arguably the busiest  of all time that downtown has ever been. A couple of our bloggers caught merely a sliver.

With all of the outstanding events occurring Downtown Sioux Falls on July’s first Friday, I certainly hope everyone was able to hop down and enjoy the festivities! One of such events was the Art Maze II, which happened during the First Friday and Saturday. For those two nights, 30+ local artists, including myself and JAM, come together to create an aMAZEing event full of art installations, performances, murals, henna body designs, interactive spaces, lemonade stands for a cause, food trucks, and more!
As you walked through the spaces, you teleported into a world of extraordinary imagination. The truth is, even photographs couldn’t quite capture the excitement one experienced throughout event. For me, being one of the artists and witnessing the transformation of the entire space, I was filled with a surreal sensation. I still am unable to pin just what that feeling was…a pride in my city and its accomplishments, an excitement for everyone involved, watching and engaging with folks throwing confetti in my interactive installation, seeing such happy expressions on their faces. Maybe it was what the possibilities could be for the future…Art Maze III? Perhaps just an all-encompasing, epic feeling. Rock on Sioux Falls.
As the sun bent behind high-rising buildings, guitar chords jumped out of large rectangular speakers and danced along the open air. Erik Koskinen and his band just began there 2-hour-long set. Erik told timeless tales of American life through the eyes of a hard working, Michigan born man. The concoction of Erik’s folk rock, mixed with the community of the crowd in the art and cultural hub of Sioux Falls, made for the perfect end to an exciting and fun-filled First Friday.


Visual artist include:
Solomon Carlson – Sioux Falls SD
Derek Meier – Minneapolis MN
Kimberlynn Jo Floren – Sioux Fall SD
Angela Meyer – Minneapolis MN
Derek Meier
Image via Vishnu Bunny on Facebook
Solomon Carlson
Image via Vishnu Bunny on Facebook

Travis Hinton is a ceramicist. Chad Nelson, a printmaker.

Melanie Ratzlaff’s artwork includes unconventional materials such as VHS tapes, pop cans, and recycled paper to create artwork that is a contemporary interpretation of her Lakota heritage. In this specific body of work, one will find references to pop culture & female identity. Melanie’s work has made its way to homes in South Dakota, Washington, and Arizona.
Melanie Ratzlaff
Image via Sioux Falls Arts Council website

Governor’s Mansion tours now featuring art by Harrisburg student

As the free summer tours at the Governor’s Mansion resume, First Lady Linda Daugaard is featuring Native American art from South Dakota artists, including a new painting by a Harrisburg student.

As of July 12, guests can view the oil painting of a Native American dancer by Mikki Brian, who was this year’s Western Governors’ Association art show winner from South Dakota.

Brian said the piece, titled “Golden Sky,” was inspired by her Lakota culture and her connection to South Dakota. After being on display at the Western Governors’ meeting in Montana last month, the Governor and First Lady brought the piece back to the state for display in the mansion during the month of July.

“Mikki’s painting is just beautiful,” Linda said in a press release. “If you haven’t toured the Governor’s Mansion before, I hope you will come see the home and this work of art for yourself.”

The free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion began in June and continue through the end of August…

vis KSFY. To view more, click here.

Art Maze II

A broad-shouldered man’s silhouette uses a screwdriver to open a sewing machine, presenting for his minor audience the inner mechanical workings before a curtain closes as swifty as it opened.

Stark, black coated walls light up with neon splatter paintings, changing perceptions with a flicker of lights.

A 22-year old man wanders through a hallway covered in flashing, colored lights endlessly reflected by tinfoil covered walls.

This, is Art Maze II.

Last weekend, Sioux Falls artists gathered at Exposure Gallery & Studios to present a two-floor interactive series of installations, portraits, and paintings.

Roughly 40 local artists worked in collaboration to fill every hallway, studio and corner with creations, produced using graffiti, charcoal, photography, duct tape, performance art, and everything in between…

via SDPB. To view more, click here.

Local artist sketching piece for 24 hours

One local artist is giving you the chance to see a massive art piece as it’s made.

Jason Folkerts has already started working on his drawing on the plaza outside of the KSFY Studio.

It is more than 20-feet long, and he will work on it for 24 hours straight.

“A year ago I thought about the idea,” he said. “I wanted to wrap it around something, I felt it was a good opportunity to help an organization in the community, so when this came around it was perfect to do it.”

Folkerts said the sketch will consist of around 120 of buildings from Sioux Falls and will be on display at the Washington Pavilion through July once it is completed.

Folkerts is sketching the piece in coordination with Serve Sioux Falls.

He is expected to finish the piece around noon Saturday.

If you would like to see more of Jason’s work, check out his website at the link attached to this post.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.