The Sioux Falls Arts Council announced today the artists who will be featured in their rotating art exhibit for the remainder of 2016. Joan Zephier will be featured in August and September, and Sarah Odens in October and November. A short break will be taken for the month of December to prepare for a full year of rotations in 2017.
Although Joan Zephier has no formal education in art, art has had a lifelong influence on her. For 10 years, she and another artist owned and operated an artist studio where her concentration was free-form, hand-built Raku sculpture. After her own battle with addiction and road to recovery, Joan pursued her dream of creating and participating in The Recovery Art Show to raise awareness and help erase the stigma of addiction, and to tell the story of recovery. The show, now in its 4th year, continues to evolve and become more successful every year. Joan was the recipient of the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Individual Excellence in Visual Arts for her work with area high school students, assisting them in using art to tell their own stories of addiction and recovery. Joan’s body of work focuses on the emotional stories of addiction, recovery, family and spirituality, and how it looks in her own life. The opening reception for Joan’s exhibit will be Friday, August 5th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, with an artist talk at 5:30 pm.
Sarah Odens received her BA in Art and English from the University of Sioux Falls, and her MFA at Michigan State University, where she was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Arts and Letters. Her paintings explore the social implications of online images of domestic perfection, transforming them into abstract musings on the joy and the futility of chasing that very perfection. Fragments from poems and online domestic sources filter into her work. Her uneasy fascination with online domesticity – often false, rigid, staged or idealized – permeates her paintings and speaks to the rough, undone edges of crumbling cakes and the dissolving fragments of floral arrangements. The opening reception for Sarah’s exhibit will be Friday, October 7th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, with an artist talk at 5:30 pm.
Sioux Falls Imagined: A Cultural Plan for a Vibrant and Prosperous City, approved by the City of Sioux Falls in July 2014, named the Sioux Falls Arts Council as the organization given the charge of implementing the plan. From the Artists and Creative Workers task force findings, a strong need identified for the local art community was alternative exhibition space(s). The Featured Artist Exhibit at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office opened in May 2016 as a way to start filling this need.
The exhibit is currently featuring the works of local artists Jerry Cook and Kelly Tadlock until end of July. The Sioux Falls Arts Council, located in the Crane Centre at 8th & Railroad 326 E 8th St #106A, is open Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, First Fridays 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and by appointment.
The 2017 Call for Art will be posted in August 2016. Submissions will be due by October 15th. Eligible artists must live or work in the Greater Sioux Falls Area (Minnehaha, Lincoln, McCook and Turner counties). Visit www.ArtsSiouxFalls.org for more information.