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via Sioux Falls Arts Council

Sioux Falls, S.D. — We’re excited to announce Kara Dirkson will be our new Executive Director effective January 2, 2017. She currently serves as the Director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls.

“We’re so pleased that Kara is bringing her experience in the arts community and her background in arts administration, education and management to the Sioux Falls Arts Council,” said Sandra Pay, President of the Arts Council Board of Directors. “Her unique set of skills will be a great advantage to the organization in its role to bring the city’s long term cultural plan, SIOUX FALLS IMAGINED, to fruition.”

Prior to serving at the Visual Arts Center, Dirkson created and managed Artisia Fine Art Services. At the time it was the only fine arts services practice in the area, specializing in appraisals and consulting to private collectors, businesses and institutions.

“I am very excited to open a new chapter for the Sioux Falls Arts Council and realize its tremendous potential to partner with arts organizations and raise the awareness and status of the arts in our community,” Dirkson said. “Having a viable organization actively nurturing relationships with the city, business community and residents is necessary to increase the quality of life in Sioux Falls and continue making it thrive and prosper. Thanks to the SFAC’s past work, we have an excellent cultural plan in place. I am eager to lead its implementation.”

Dirkson holds a BA in Social Studies Education and History from Augustana University, an MS in History with an Art History emphasis from Minnesota State University, Mankato and has done post graduate study at Northwestern University in Chicago in Appraisal Studies Certification and Accreditation.

Call For Art

Dialogues from the hART: A Visual Commentary on the 2016 Election Cycle
Accepting submissions for art exhibit to be held January 5 – March 28 at The Bakery.

The theme for this exhibit is the 2016 election cycle; how you feel about it, how you see reactions in the community, the direction you feel the country is going, can we survive as a whole, et cetera. Art that reflects all viewpoints is encouraged. The intent is to spur respcfa3ectful dialogues surrounding the 2016 election cycle by first visually experiencing what others feel in their hearts.
Open to all artists in Sioux Falls and surrounding area.
All artists are encouraged to submit one or two pieces. Outsider art is encouraged. You must also include a short (no more than two paragraphs) bio, and a 2 – 3 sentence description of each piece, including price if for sale. All pieces sold must remain up for the duration of the show.
Each artist must reply with intent to participate by December 20, 2016 by emailing with ‘Exhibit’ in the subject line, or by calling Sam Lopez at 605-254-5211. Art may be dropped off at the Bakery starting Jan 1, yet no later than 5 p.m. on January 3.
Art must be presented in a manner ready to hang; dry and framed, or edged in a way that is finished. Make sure you have wire or bracket hangers attached when you drop off your piece.
The open house will be January 20 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. All artists showing are encouraged to attend. Any questions please direct to Sam Lopez at 605-254-5211.

Support JAM on #GivingTuesday

gtOn November  29,  hundreds of thousands of people will kick off the charitable season with #GivingTuesday, a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy. Listen to your heART, and support local art education and appreciation by donating to JAM this year. Funds raised will help us purchase an iPad to use as a point-of-sale system for our store.

Donate by clicking here. Then, spread the word by posting about it using hashtags #GivingTuesday and #JAMArtandSupplies! Extra brownie points if you post it with a photo of something you have made using JAM goods.

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What’s so interesting about “That’s Interesting”?

artinmediaIs there such a thing as art food? If a work of art is the objectification of an idea or set of ideas, can those ideas themselves manifest as objects? A new exhibition at the Ipso gallery in Sioux Falls may have an answer.

“That’s Interesting” asked a dozen local artists to curate the ontological art-Spam that fuels them toward creative fruition.

Ipso and Fresh Produce co-founder Ted Heeren (you might know him as Flowerman on a certain radio show) says “That’s Interesting” was “something we all talked about and what was interesting about it is the idea of celebrating — instead of what comes out of a creative process, showcasing what goes into a creative process, things that artists are curious about or the hobbies artist might have or the collections, the day-to-day, interesting things that artists do to satisfy their curiosity.”

Artist Kelsey Benson says the doll heads and transhuman objects in her installation are, “an outlet for me to have a sense of humor that transitions into my work in different ways….

via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. To view more, click here.

Art or advertising? Store cited for rogue mural

A code enforcement dispute between City Hall and a Sioux Falls business has officials thinking twice about a long-standing rule that prohibits murals that double as advertisements.artinmedia

The city zoning office this week informed owners of Elegant Mommy, a Sioux Falls retail store that markets products to new and expecting mothers, that a mural on its building violates a city ordinance restricting the amount of signage private businesses may use.

“On the side of Starbucks they can’t paint a mural that says come drink coffee,” said Jeff Schmitt, chief zoning official for the city of Sioux Falls.

In the case of Elegant Mommy, the mural features four rendering of mothers with their children and the store name and a description of the type of goods and services it offers. The problem is, the wall art depicts what’s taking place inside of the store, which makes it a sign, not a mural, according to city ordinance.

“Murals shall not contain any words or graphics advertising a business, product, or service,” the ordinance reads….

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Augustana Faculty Biennial Show opens Friday

unnamedRecent works by Augustana art faculty will be on view at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery Nov. 17-Dec. 15. A gallery reception featuring discussions by the artists is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 with artist talks commencing at 7:30. This diverse show features both two-and three-dimensional pieces and includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and examples of public art projects completed in stained glass and mosaic.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Featured faculty artists include:

Scott Parsons, associate professor
Gerry Punt, assistant professor, artist-in-residence
Anna Reich, assistant professor
Tom Shields, associate professor
Dr. Lindsay Twa, associate professor and chair, director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery
John Peters, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery coordinator
Chad Nelson, alumni artist-in-residence
Carl Grupp (professor emeritus)
Steve Thomas (professor emeritus)
Gallery Location:
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located at 30th Street and South Grange Avenue in the Center for Visual Arts.

Gallery Hours:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday

Art Moms and Friends Holiday Pop Up Shop

Come shop the area’s best makers and buy unique and affordable gifts for everyone on your list.

November 16, 17, 18, and 19
November 25 and 26
November 30, December 1, 2, 3
December 7-21

Hours: 10 am – 5 pm

Located at Park Place Center
3101 W 41st St.
Next to Olive Garden and Fuddruckers

Contact Information:
Chantel Olson
Organization: Art Moms and friends Holiday Pop Up Shop
Phone Number: 605-351-4784
Email Address:

via KDLT. To view more, click here.


This paper sculpture workshop is offered for beginner and experienced artists, & will be held at the Sioux Falls Arts Council this Saturday, November 12, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

stellated-dodecahedronInstructor Ruthmary Jackson of Eastbank Art Gallery will guide you step by step throughout the entire process of creating a 20-point star. Participants will learn the process of cutting, folding and gluing to create a beautiful dodecahedron. The finished 10 x 10″ star can be used for display on a table, hung as mobile decor and displayed as you wish with light and evergreen on a mantel.

The class fee is $35 plus $2.30 tax, with a light lunch included. All materials will be provided. Pay in advance at East Bank Art Gallery in the 8th & RR Centre @ 401 E. 8th St, Suite 116. Please RSVP to Space is limited.

The workshop will take place in the Sioux Falls Arts Council Featured Artist Gallery (326 E 8th St, Suite 106a) located in the Crane Centre. The building is wheelchair accessible from the back entrance. Please notify the Arts Council in advance for any accommodations by phone at 605-271-6696 or by email at

via the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

ReStorAtion Art Auction CFA

Call for Artists for the 4th annual ReStorAtion Art Auction!

We invite you to visit the ReStore, get those creative juices flowing, and repurpose ReStore items into works of art! Our ReStore is filled to the brim with home building and home goods that are begging for a second chance. Be that person and show us your creativity!

We are excited to announce that our next art auction will be on Saturday, April 22, which is Earth Day! Our event has always been tied to Earth Day. We lift up the power and beauty of repurposing and upcycling donated items to create works of art. In three years, we’ve recycled nearly 250 ReStore items.

ReStorAtion Art Auction
Saturday, April 22, 2017
7 pm
Icon Event Hall + Lounge

The ReStore items are available to you at no charge, with a $100 limit. Ask for Niki or Caryn, and they’ll fill out the forms noting the items you selected. Please remember, not all of your materials need to come from the ReStore. As long as one thing comes from the ReStore, the submission qualifies.

ReStore hours:
9 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday
9 am – 3 pm Saturday

In three years, we’ve raised nearly $18,000!! Join us to raise even more money, and have fun in the name of Habitat!

Submissions are due by March 20.