Augustana University is gifted 351 works of art by Carl Grupp

Augustana University has been gifted 351 pieces of art.

The paintings, original prints, and drawings from artist Carl Grupp will form the Carl Grupp Legacy Collection at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.

Grupp (born in 1939 at Moorhead, Minn.) has long been recognized as one of South Dakota’s and the region’s most preeminent artists.

As a dedicated arts educator, Grupp helped to inspire, develop and guide the careers of several generations of artists. From 1969 until 2004, he was a professor at Augustana, and also chaired the art department from 1986-2002.

Carl Grupp founded the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana, with an ambitious exhibitions program and permanent art collection, which is now named for him.

Over the years, he helped build the Carl Grupp Permanent Art Collection that now numbers nearly 4,000 objects and includes significant examples of works on paper from a range of important historical and contemporary artists, including: Marc Chagall, Degas, Homer, Matisse, Picasso and Warhol…

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CFA: Photographers Sought for Annual Photography Exhibit

Statewide Photographers Sought for Annual Photography Exhibit at the Brookings Arts Council

Friday, December 14 marks the closing date for accepting entries for the 40th Annual Photography Exhibit.

This judged competition and exhibit is open to all photographers 14 years of age and older. Heather Kuhlman, Executive Director, says, “We look forward to seeing the incredible photographic work that this event brings yearly. There are so many photographers that are so very talented and we are thrilled to showcase their photographic art to the public during the exhibit!”

Awards will be given in color and black and white categories with 1st-3rd cash place distinctions for the print division in each category. Any photographic print may be entered created within the last 5 years, with composite prints accepted as long as they are marked as such. Works should not have been exhibited at the Brookings Arts Council in the past.

Continuing this year is an online digital competition. Kuhlman states, “with the popularity of Iphones, Facebook and Instagram, we felt we were missing a genre of photographers that do not necessarily print their images. We wanted to give those photographers a platform to compete from as well!” Please submit your images to, 800×640 pixels at 300dpi. Pictures that are submitted will be uploaded onto our website on Wednesday, January 9th. Do not submit any pictures that contain nudity, violence, obscenity, profanity, pornography or anything else that is offensive in nature. The submitted images must be the photographer’s original work. One digital winner will be announced at the Exhibit Reception on January 10th

The deadline for entering the event is December 14, 2018 with the exhibit opening on Jan. 3rd. The Awards Reception will be held on January 10th, from 4:30-6:30, with awards being presented at 5pm. The exhibit will close on February 1st.

Forms can be downloaded directly from our website at:

For more information regarding this exhibit or upcoming exhibits call the BAC at (605) 692-4177, email us at, for most up to date, add us on Facebook.

Art Exhibit — Leah Simmons

Art Exhibit — Leah Simmons

Simmons’ work is an exploration of color and line on the unexpected canvas of animal skulls.
Organic elements and geometric shapes allow the viewer to admire the beauty inherent in the structure of the bones as well as their interplay with the art.
August 1-September 30
Downtown Library
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Subliminal Creativity: Peace and Tranquility in Nature

by Lucy Chambers
JAM Contributing Writer

Many great artists have taken inspiration from the great outdoors. One such example is Vincent Van Gogh, who recommends that artists “keep [their] love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” Time spent in nature promotes peace and tranquility, which can lead to artistic creativity. Moments of peace and tranquility can be found in the flowing rivers, swaying branches, the lonely, shape-shifting clouds, or any of the beautiful and wondrous creatures found in the natural world.

Water and Mental Health

The fact that the sound of flowing water has positive psychological effects on the human brain is a testament to the power and influence of nature on our minds and spirits. One of the ways that we know this to be true is that psychologists have been using ocean sounds to promote peace and tranquility during various forms of therapy for years, and they will continue to do so because it works. Some scientists have even suggested that the sound of flowing waters, waves and the changing of the tides affects the rhythm of our brain waves, which creates a more peaceful train of thought.

Time spent in nature helps to promote creativity because we are able to escape the ebb and flow of our everyday distractions and stimulations. Our brains are able to rest, relax and recharge once we get away from our cell phones and social media and surround ourselves the natural world. In fact, people are roughly fifty percent more creative after spending just a few days immersed in nature, away from the city. If you are looking for a boost in your creativity a trip to the cottage, lake or the beach could be exactly what you need.

The Sublime in Nature

The natural world has an uncanny ability to capture our attention and foster moments of awe in the human brain. Have you have ever caught yourself staring at the ocean, sunset, or simply off into the distance at a maze of trees, thick and green as the sea? If you have, then you will understand William Wordsworth’s sentiment, “poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” All humans experience powerful emotions in moments of love, longing and loss. If we spend time in nature and reflect upon these powerful feelings and memories we can not only feel more peaceful, tranquil and unified with our emotions and our surroundings, but we can promote and, potentially, peak our artistic creativity.

Lucy Chambers is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job, and loves the work-life balance it offers her.

Spreading Kindness Through Art

Two artists from KELOLAND are trying to spread kindness through art.

Sarah Nelson and Rebekah Rinehart  have been creating “kindness” murals around the country. Now, they are painting one in their home state at the Empire Mall.

The mural is part of their social media movement ‘The Kind Way’.

The goal of their movement is for people to take pictures with the murals and post on social media what they think kindness is.

“That’s probably been the most rewarding part is seeing what kindness is to everybody, because it comes in so many shapes and forms. It’s so different to everybody. To see how even just a small act of kindess impacts everybody in their day,” Nelson said…

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In the summer of 2016, Ashley Flynn says she was going through “serious mom guilt” about working full time and sending daughter Nina to daycare as a baby. Going through the transition and adjusting to a “new normal” as a family with husband Colby, an idea of writing a book of poems about their lives came to her after late nights of rocking and coming up with rhymes.

An “anthem for working mothers everywhere,” Flynn hopes her recently-released children’s book My Favorite Job is You helps as a light-hearted look at late nights, early mornings, all while parenting and having a career. 605 chatted with the Sioux Falls author on the process, her inspiration, and what she likes to do with her family in their (very little) spare time…

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Retro gaming meets South Dakota pride in Sioux Falls’ newest T-shirt company

Jeff Hayward’s new apparel business was born from video games.

He was having fun with the Nintendo NES Classic – a gift from his wife – when he realized he was getting swept up in the nostalgia of 8-bit games.

Hayward hopes to capitalize on it this week when he and his wife, Kristin Hayward, open Sodak Supply Co., an online apparel company based in Sioux Falls.

“I think people have a pride in our state and the region but also kind of remember growing up in the ’80s and ’90s,” Hayward said.

The Haywards, both native South Dakotans, envision their business as an homage to their home state and to retro gaming…

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CFA: October Art & Wine Walk

Looking to get your work out in front of hundreds of people? DTSF is looking for artists for the October Art & Wine Walk. Here are the copy/pasted details:

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. is seeking artists to apply to participate in our First Friday Art & Wine Walk on October 5th from 5:00 – 9:00pm. This would entail setting up in a business downtown that I would match you with. We would ask that you demonstrate your art (whether that be painting, drawing, creating pottery or jewelry, etc.) on site and have some examples of your finished pieces on display. You would need to be available for the entire timeframe of 5:00pm – 9:00pm and set up in advance.

Please reply no later than August 20th if you are interested. There is no cost to you, and most businesses will allow you to sell your art that night. In your email, please include:

approximately how much space you would need
what type of art you do
provide graphics or a link to a website showing your work
We will let you know by about August 27th if we are able to match you with a business for this event.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sarah Munce | Program Coordinator
Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.

USF Alumni and Faculty Exhibition Receptions

Join us for TWO art receptions celebrating the artwork of our faculty and alumni! Receptions overlap, so be sure to stop by both receptions that Friday, September 28. There will also be tasty refreshments and other Homecoming Festivities!

USF Faculty Exhibition Reception – 3-5p – Mear’s Library Gallery
USF Alumni Exhibition Reception – 4-6p – Jeschke Fine Arts Center



CFA: Art Saves Lives

As many artists can attest, art has the power to heal and indeed save lives.  Art Saves Lives is thus looking for artists to submit artistic, high quality black and white photographs that promote this concept.  This is a juried exhibition, and awards will be given out totaling $400 in cash prizes.

This exhibit will be displayed at the Coconino Center for the Arts here in Flagstaff, AZ. The deadline to apply for Art Saves Lives is August 15th, 2018. For further details about this exhibition and access to the application form, please go to  at the Flagstaff Art Council website.

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