Category Archives: An Ear to the Ground

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

Call for Artists Launch-Her Flag



In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, Marilyn Artus to Travel Across the Country and Collaborate with 36 Women Artists Across the United States

Oklahoma City, OK—July 19th, 2018

On June 8th, 2019 award winning artist, Marilyn Artus, will begin a 14-month journey across the United States in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. The project is titled Her Flag LLC. During her travels she will be sewing, Her Flag, a grand flag measuring 18 foot by 26 foot.

Her Flag will be the result of a collaboration with 36 women artists who live in each of the 36 states that ratified the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. Each of these 36 artist will design one stripe of the 36 striped flag that Marilyn will sew in the capital city of each state.

There will be a call for artist beginning on July 19th, 2018 and ending on November 5th 2018. July 19th marks 170 years after the Seneca Falls Convention, the first ever women’s rights convention in the United States. Interested artists can find detailed information on submitting for this project at www.herflag. The Her Flag Call for Entry Video can be viewed at

Call for artists at


What is Finding Our Voices?
FOV is a visual exhibit of domestic violence & sexual abuse stories told through art. (Can be anonymous.)

What is our purpose?
To inspire hope & healing, to give survivors a voice, & make resources known for those in need.

Where can you see FOV?
Beginning in October 2018, FOV will travel throughout Sioux Falls & surrounding communities— College campuses, churches, art galleries, etc. First featured event will be at Take Back the Night.


Want to get involved or have questions?
Contact us!

unDefined, Inc
PO Box 467
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone: (605)321-0077



  • Application Deadline:  July 23rd, 2018
  • Title: Literary Themed
  • Email:
  • Phone: 605-332-2665 ext 11

Description Of Exhibition: A juried exhibit of artwork using paper/books as a medium. Art that is inspired by paper/reading, words, books etc. Both two and three-dimensional work is eligible.  If you are a creative crafter, artist or DIY’er, REACH is excited to be in touch with you and learn about your creative work!

To Apply:

  1. Complete the Entry Form and Feature Exhibition Disclaimer
  2. Email to Paige Carda, PAIGE@REACHLITERACY.ORG

**Make sure to include on THE SUBJECT LINE “ARTISTS ENTRY”

REACH Artist Entry Form

REACH Literacy Center will host 20 pieces of art each month. This art will be for sale in our store and REACH will take a modest 25% commission. Items will be placed throughout the store and merchandized to show off your work and our bookstore.

for Sioux Falls Artists