Erin Nguyen: Art Educator

A morning bell rings at Roosevelt High School, and outside a room in the deepest recess of the C Wing of visual and performing arts, Erin Nguyen waits smiling outside her ceramics classroom. As the high-schoolers file in, I note that it’s only the second week of a new semester, and Erin is able to greet each of her students by name.

Known as “Miss Winn,” to her students, Erin lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Dan. She has ten years of teaching experience, and has spent the last two working her “dream job” at Roosevelt. Consummately expressive with her face and her words, Erin laughs easily and speaks at a leisurely pace, drawing out the vowels of certain words, turning her conversation into a kind of melody.

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Teen Tech Week: Art Bot Workshop

Celebrate Teen Tech Week by making your own art-creating robot.

March 9
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Siouxland Libraries Caille Branch
4100 S. Carnegie Circle
Sioux Falls, SD

Betsy Rice


Art show brings artists, community together

This weekend, Sioux Falls hosted the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The show and sale is designed to educate the public about the cultural importance and variety of regional art and artists.

However, through this event, people are learning about more than just art.

Kristi Thomas says both the artists and the public can fully immerse themselves into a greater sense of a caring community.

“It’s sort of a village, it’s nice to see family members come back again to this show year after year,” she said. “We also get brand new artists that we discover and come to the show and start building their careers from here.”

Thomas has been participating in the art show for several years, and looks forward to the event each and every year.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

New Arts Council leader sets focus

Kara Dirkson became executive director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council in late 2016. She previously served as director of the Visual Arts Center for the Washington Pavilion.

Question: How did you become interested in your field?

Answer: It feels like a natural progression and culmination of my personal interests, past experiences and professional strengths. The arts and humanities have always been my natural inclination. This was solidified for me intellectually in college when I took part in an interdisciplinary program called the Great Conversation at St. Olaf. A passion for the arts combined with what I think is a propensity for leadership, strategic thinking/planning and relationship-building make arts administration and advocacy a good fit.

Q: What attracted you to the opportunity with the Arts Council?

A: Its tremendous potential. Seeing what it can be and the challenge of getting it there excite me. Previously I focused on ‘smaller picture’ arts in my business endeavors and oversight of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion…

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Siouxland Libraries is seeking submissions for a REIMAGINED BOOK COVERS ART SHOW to be held at the Downtown Library May 1- June 30.
Deadline: Monday, April 17



Call for vendors & entertainment for the Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls Festival of Cultures, June 17, 2017. Learn more.
Earlybird registration deadline: March 1.
Registration deadline: May 20

See more calls for art on our call for art page here.


Two for Fargo, please.” With tickets safely in my breast pocket, I leave the DTSF office and the Shriver Building to greet the morning’s piercing sky. Smiling, I think about my hopes for tonight: The Museum of Visual Materials for Tara Barney’s interactive art project, the Pavilion for art receptions, and the State Theatre’s showing of Fargo. Fargo. How appropriate; I realize I’m not at all dressed for this cold, so I stuff my hands in my pockets and run the block to the car. Glad I don’t live in Fargo…



The University of South Dakota’s Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program is seeking submissions of artwork for an exhibition in conjunction with the program’s biennial conference. Learn more about the conference.
Submit image(s) of 300 dpi and information to by Friday, February 24. Artists will be notified by Wednesday, March 1. Artwork must be received by Sunday, March 19. Work must be ready to install. Please include the following when submitting:
Find this CFA on Facebook & learn more about USD’s Women, Gender & Sexuality Program.

See more calls for art on our call for art page here.

Art Basics with Dick Termes: Drawing

Art Basics with Dick Termes: Drawing is a multi-part video series featuring South Dakota artist Dick Termes teaching basic drawing techniques.Art Basics with Dick Termes On this site you will find more than five hours of content in 20 individual videos, activities, a teacher’s guide and lesson plans that could be integrated into classrooms of all kinds or for use at home.

via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. To view the site, click here. You can also view it here.

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