Category Archives: An Ear to the Ground

Nominations open for 24th biennial Governor’s Awards in the Arts

For more information, contact: 
Shari Kosel, Program & Communications Director 

Nominations open for 24th biennial Governor’s Awards in the Arts 

Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council co-sponsor the biennial Governor’s Awards in the Arts to recognize individuals and businesses that have made a statewide impact through artistic excellence or outstanding support of the arts. 

Nominations are open through November 15. More information about the awards and nomination forms are available at The classifications for these awards are: 

  • Distinction in Creative Achievement: Nominees in this lifetime achievement category should be individual artists who have made significant contributions in any of the various arts disciplines. 
  • Outstanding Service in Arts Education: Nominees in this lifetime achievement category should be individuals who have made significant contributions to arts education as a teacher, mentor or catalyst. 
  • Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Individual: Nominees in this lifetime achievement category should be individuals who have made outstanding contributions in supporting and encouraging the arts with their time, talent or funding. 
  • Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Organization or Business: Nominees in this lifetime achievement category should be an organization, business or corporation that has demonstrated leadership in supporting and encouraging the arts through time, talent and funding, or by funding and presenting projects by South Dakota artists for public education and enjoyment. 
  • Outstanding Support of the Arts to Native Nations with Lands in South Dakota: This award will be given to an individual, organization or business from South Dakota that has made significant contributions through the arts to Native nations with lands in South Dakota. The recipient will have demonstrated strong arts traditions and revitalization in Native communities by promoting social justice and cultural understanding.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts will be presented at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre on February 12, 2019. Recipients must be present to accept the award. Nominations may be made by an organization, institution or individual and must be postmarked no later than November 15, 2018. Employees and board members of Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council are not eligible for these awards. 

Materials to be submitted include one copy of the nomination form and a brief personal history of the nominee and summary of accomplishments of the nominee, no more than three pages in length. Samples or representations of artists work are encouraged and must be submitted in triplicate. Up to five letters of support may be submitted. All materials should be mailed to: Arts South Dakota, PO Box 2496, Sioux Falls, SD 57101 Phone: (605) 252-5979 or may be uploaded via 


Fernson Brewery
1400 East Robur Dr, Sioux Falls
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00-10:00 PM

SDAF is excited to bring you an Art Battle, a live competitive painting event. The theme for the work will be revealed at the beginning of the event. Using the theme, artists will create the best work they can across three timed rounds. During each round, a new medium will be used. As the artists work, the audience is invited to move around the easels, allowing an up close view of the creative process.

At the end of the round, the audience will vote for their favorite painting.

On Friday, conference attendees will have the opportunity to place bids in a silent auction to take the paintings home. The money earned from each painting will be donated to a non-profit of the highest-bidders choice.


If you’re an artist who loves some friendly competition, contact us to find out more about participating in this event.


  1. Artists have 90 minutes to create their painting, in three 30 minute rounds.
  2. Artists are provided with one 24×36″ canvas, cleaning towels, a water container, *acrylic paint, and **markers.
  3. One medium will be used per round. Artists will be supplied with markers and acrylic paint to be used during two rounds. Each artist will bring a third medium of their choice for one round. Mediums may be used in any round order.
  4. Artists may use any non-mechanical tools: brushes, palette knives, rollers, sponges, tape etc.
  5. Pre-made images or stencils are not permitted.
  6. Artists may not mix paint until the round begins.
  7. Reference material is not permitted at the easel.

*Acrylic Colors: Titanium White, Black, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
**Marker Colors: Acrylic Broad-Point Markers in Yellow, Red, Blue, Black


 Rhythmic Gesture & Structural Block-In

OCT 4 – NOV 15


DATES: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15

Back by popular demand after a sold-out summer class!  This course is designed as a fun and engaging introduction to figure drawing for beginners, while also providing depth, insight, and constructive feedback for more seasoned artists to continue honing their skills. 

Students will draw from a live model to develop their observational drawing skills and build a conceptual understanding of the nude figure. Alternating weeks with female and male models, we will compare/contrast distinctions in anatomy and structure. Instruction will focus on capturing an energetic and accurate block-in that provides a solid foundation upon which one can build a more fully rendered drawing. Additional attention will be given to utilizing the principles of light and shadow to create a sense of volume and dimensionality. Each class will begin with mulitple quick gesture poses, where students will learn to simplify the large forms and dynamic rhythms of the figure. The second half of class will be spent on building a structural “straight line block-in”. 

4-week class, every-other Thursday evening. All skill levels welcome; demonstrations and personalized, one-on-one instruction throughout. A list of materials will be provided upon registration. 

Class Limit 10 Students. 

Tuition payable by cash, check or credit card (via Paypal).  50% down-payment is required to hold a spot.  Checks payable to Anna Youngers Fine Art.

To REGISTER, or for additional information, contact: or (605) 929-5016

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.

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.

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.



Ruddell Gallery, Black Hills State University

Submission deadline: Sept. 7, 2018

The BHSU Art Department is accepting submissions for an exhibition in conjunction with the South Dakota Arts Education Association (SDAEA) and South Dakota College Art Association (SDCAA) and conference participants. Info: Art Educators Conference.


The theme of the conference exhibition is “Breaking Ground: A Remix of the Local” – submissions must not exceed 36 inches in any dimension. The exhibition will run from September 19 – October 6, 2018, in the BHSU, Ruddell Gallery located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union


Deadline: September 7, 2018
Number of entries: one artwork per member/participant maximum
Size: dimension may not exceed 36 inches
Media: all media accepted
Presentation: all 2D artworks must be must be wired and ready for hanging.


CFA: Showcase work at The Garage

The Garage welcomes artists from the Black Hills, and the state of South Dakota, to submit their work for consideration of an artist exhibition at our space. Each month, we welcome hundreds of visitors to the space.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. A committee of three people from The Garage review applications once a quarter from a call for entries to determine artists to invite to exhibit. All applicants will be informed of the decision of the committee within two months of their submission. For artists selected to exhibit, The Garage will:

  • Assist in hanging the work;
  • Assist the artist in creating an artist’s statement, if needed;
  • Display the artist statement;
  • Manage inquiries regarding purchase of the work back to the artist;
  • Promote the exhibit through our available social media channels;
  • Host an artist’s reception at The Garage;
  • Assist the artist in removing the work at the end of the exhibit.

To apply, please fill out the form, and then email 10-12 photos of your work to

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