Category Archives: Around and About


Studio space we have for rent:

8th & Railroad Center
401 East 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

310A in the 310 Artists Suites is available immediately.
It is comprised of 178 square feet which opens to a larger, shared reception area.
The rent is $250.00 per month.
To view the space or for more information, please call 332-4349.

June Life Drawing Sessions

Downtown Figure Drawing
(Corner of 6th & Main)

6:30-9:00 pm
Easels provided
Limited space—send a reply to RSVP!
6/12 – TBD
6/19 – Nude Figure (Haley)
6/26 – Nude Figure (Marcus)

CFA: Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out

Registration fee: $60 if postmarked by Sept. 1, 2018 ($75 fee after Sept. 1).

​Artists of the Black Hills (ABH), in partnership with the Hill City Arts Council, is now accepting artist registrations for the first annual Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out. The Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out gathers artists in the Black Hills of South Dakota to paint the beautiful Black Hills on the last weekend of September. This particular weekend in the Black Hills is packed with visitors from around the state and region for Custer State Park’s famous annual buffalo round-up. This area offers intimate scenes of Black Hills granite, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, prairie, meadows, aspens, lakes, streams, wildlife, the Mickelson Trail, and history.

For more information and to download the prospectus and registration form, visit:





WHAT:  PAve Bar presents “Creations & Libations,” a craft and raffle fundraiser benefitting local arts nonprofit, JAM Art & Supplies. Sorry kids, this is ADULTS  ONLY.

$25 includes admission into the upstairs event, 3 Free Drink Tickets* and 2 Make-and-Take Crafts. Buy Pre-sale admission to receive a free raffle ticket.

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Crafting will begin at 1:15 p.m., with Woven Wall Art. Starting at 3:00 p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make a DIY Notebook (or sketchbook, if you’re crafty like that).

Raffle tickets will be for sale throughout the event. Art, prizes, and craft baskets will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. Must be present to win!

*Free Drink Tickets exclude top-shelf liquors and doubles.

WHEN:  Saturday, June 2, 1 PM – 4:30 PM

WHERE: Pave(Upstairs)
130 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104



About JAM Art & Supplies
JAM is a 501 (c)(3) art nonprofit in downtown Sioux Falls with the mission to get art and craft supplies into the hands of people who will use them, to create an online community for artists, and to be a source of information for the Sioux Falls arts community.

Girls Breaker Day

Girls Breaker Day invites girls from 5th grade to 10th grade to come take stuff apart! You can bring your own stuff if you want, but we’ll have computers, keyboards, and other stuff to take apart too… and we DO have a purpose… to learn about computers & electronics. Girls Breaker Day is kind of like a “maker-fair” where girls can go from one station to another at their own pace. Join us Saturday, May 26th between 10am – 3pm in Sioux Falls. This event is FREE courtesy of Journey Group, CybHER, SDN Communications, and SEAM. Learn more at
Why? Because by the age of 10, most girls have decided that computers, electronics, engineering, science, and math are not cool, too complicated, or just for boys. We want to fix that. We need to a better job exposing and encouraging our girls to consider STEM career fields.

Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Sioux Empire

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards luncheon recognizes the amazing volunteers that make our community tick.

2018 Sioux Empire Nominee’s by category

Youth Award Nominees:
Brianna Balzer nominated by St. Francis House
Bryn Devlin nominated by The Outdoor Campus
Isaac Burchill nominated by The Ransom Church – South Campus
Kaela Wierenga nominated by Tammy & Jason Wierenga
Leo Mullen nominated by Siouxland Heritage Museums
Preston Quissell nominated by Butterfly House & Aquarium
Shelby Specht nominated by Kristi Specht
Sydnie Cloutier nominated by Sanford Health
Trinity Willert nominated by Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
Zachary Buchholtz nominated by Sanford Health

Group Volunteer Award
American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Volunteers nominated by American Cancer Society
Big Sioux Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation nominated by Ryan Donovan
Chariots for Children nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Good Earth State Park Volunteers nominated by Good Earth State Park
Hal and Jan Frentz nominated by The Salvation Army
Metabank JA Council nominated by Junior Achievement
NAMI Sioux Falls Volunteers nominated by NAMI Sioux Falls
Sioux Empire Community Theatre Build team nominated by Sioux Empire Community Theatre
Sioux Falls Christian School Photography class nominated by Alpha Center
Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls Club nominated by Toy Lending Library of South Dakota
Steve and Kaye Cook nominated by The Salvation Army

Corporate Humanitarian Award – (2 awards will be given)
Avera nominated by Lutheran Social Services Mentoring
Billion Toyota of Sioux Falls nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Dakota
Citibank – Technology Department nominated by Feeding South Dakota Backpack program
EXIT Realty nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls
Flyboy Donuts nominated by The Salvation Army
Hy-Vee nominated by the Alpha Center
Hy-Vee nominated by The Salvation Army
The Barrel House nominated by Sioux Falls School District
Vern Eide Motorcars nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls

Up and Coming Volunteer Award Nominees:
Bryn Dubs nominated by The Ransom Church
Courtney Hottovy nominated by Sanford Hospice
Cynthia Larson nominated by Alpha Center
Diana A. Randall nominated by Toy Lending Library of South Dakota
John Tobin nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Kristi Kranz nominated by LSS Better Together and Janice Barry
Laura Pommier nominated by National Abstinence Clearinghouse
Shanda Maurcio nominated by JAM Art & Supplies

Shining Bright Volunteer Award Nominees:
Courtney Tielke nominated by Bishop Dudley Hospitality House
Dawn Malsam nominated by Safe Families (The Ransom Church)
Deb Harris nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls
Debbie Pederson nominated by Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History
Eimi Ibrahim-Cloutier nominated by Feeding South Dakota Backpack Program
Gregg Moores nominated by The Ransom Church
Jacki Blumenauer nominated by The Ransom Church
Kristi Thurston nominated by The Salvation Army
Lizette Aanenson nominated by Elizabeth Lambert
Marcia King nominated by Sioux Falls CASA
Mary Jackson nominated The Community Outreach
Michelle Solberg nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Sara Timothy nominated by National Abstinence Clearinghouse
Sheila Wassom nominated by Lifescape
Tarin Obbink nominated by The Ransom Church
Terry Burchill nominated by The Ransom Church

Lifetime Volunteer Award Nominees:
Alice Ann Stange nominated by Sunnycrest Village
Alvin Meyer nominated by The Salvation Army
Arlene Jockheck nominated by Senior Companions of South Dakota
Beth Jernberg nominated by Avera McKennan
Carolynn Stavenger nominated by Sioux Falls CASA
Cheryl Ulvestad nominated by The Outdoor Campus
Christi Winter nominated by Sioux Falls Area Humane Society
Clair Halverson nominated by Sanford Health
Darrell Weinacht nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Doug Erickson nominated by First United Methodist Church
Greg Olsen nominated by Siouxland Heritage Museums
Jeaneite Lorenz nominated by Lutheran Social Services Center for New Americans
Lenora Bezpaletz nominated by Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
Leona Wieland nominated by Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls SD
Londa Vickerman nominated by Avera@Home Hospice
Lou Johnson nominated by Alpha Center
Mark Sinkey nominated by Sanford Hospice
Phyllis Thomspon nominated by Sanford Health
Ricky Anderberg nominated by Active Generations
Ron Mattice nominated by The Salvation Army
Ruth Atkins nominated by Call to Freedom
Shirley Skoglund nominated by Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Sioux Falls
Susan Wright nominated by Butterfly House & Aquarium
Tom Wierenga nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls


All nominees and winners will be recognized at the 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon that will be held on May 10th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Click here for tickets.

For questions please contact Susie Ryks at or call 211.

The Spirit of Volunteerism awards are made possible through the generous support of Midco, Avera, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, Independent Insurance Agents of Sioux Falls, High Point Networks, Children’s Dental Center and Parkway Orthodontics, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, MetaBank and Citi.

Alumni Event: AU Alumni Community Service Day

Event Details

Date: April 21, 2018

Times: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; Registration at 8 a.m.; Kickoff Celebration at 8:30 a.m.; Service Projects from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Registration and Kickoff at the AU Morrison Commons Circle Patio

RSVP to participate.

In celebration of our 100th year in Sioux Falls, alumni and their families are invited to give back to the city Augustana calls home by participating in service activities on Saturday, April 21, that benefit the local community.

Service Projects

  • AU Campus Cleanup: Time for some spring cleaning right here on campus! Volunteers will help with light yard work and help our alma mater look her very best as we celebrate her 100th year in Sioux Falls. Bring gardening/work gloves if you have them. Children ages 8 and older are invited to help with this project. (Limit 25) 
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire (BGCSE): Amy Sumner ’87 has requested help from volunteers with painting at one of the Boys & Girls Club facilities. The goal of BGCSE is to provide a developmentally appropriate program to enable each child to grow intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially while becoming aware of their surroundings and their abilities. Children ages 8 and older are invited to help with this project. All supplies will be provided. (Limit 10) 
  • JAM Art & Supplies: JAM was created by Jess Miller ’09 to provide information about the underground art scene, artists, and art events. JAM opened Sioux Falls’ first Creative Reuse store, a store that resells unused or like-new donated craft and art supplies. JAM is looking for help with sorting supplies, folding fabrics, and organizing closets. Children are invited to help with this project. (Limit 20) 
  • Washington Pavilion: Come, be a part of the 2018 Design Challenge! Teams of elementary through high school students will be challenged to design and create a superhero and a gadget or powers that address a specific task that would better humankind. Volunteers are needed to help with judging different elements of the competition, tallying score sheets, updating the leader board, and helping at the registration table. Children ages 13 and older are invited to help with this project. (Limit 10)

RSVP to participate.

ReStorAtion Art Auction Event

It’s time to invite your friends and family!

Dear friends, bidders and artists,

We are excited for the fifth annual Habitat art auction. It’s hard to believe it’s already been five years. And thanks to your help, we’ve raised enough to roof THREE Habitat houses in four years!

Saturday, April 21
7 pm
The District (near the Empire Mall)
Free admission

We have the most unique, creative collection yet! Americana art, doggie beds, sofa tables, potting tables, stained glass and fish to name just a few…

105 works!! ALL made with ReStore items.


2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference

SIOUX FALLS, SD (April 5, 2018) Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council and the Sioux Falls Arts Council are excited to welcome art enthusiasts from every corner of the state to converge at the Downtown Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls, SD for the 2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference on May 4 & 5, 2018. The South Dakota State Arts Conference occurs every five years, and 2018 is the first time the conference is taking place in Sioux Falls. Organizers are pleased to offer a reduced registration fee of $125 and a reduced hotel rate of $124 until April 16, 2018. For more information on visit

The conference is the state’s biggest arts event of the year and an opportunity to celebrate South Dakota’s unique cultural heritage and vibrant arts community. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for the arts and network with national and state leaders.

The conference’s three keynote speakers are top arts professionals and leaders. First, at 6 p.m. on Friday May 4, Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts will serve as the opening Keynote Speaker. Cohen will talk about building a healthier South Dakota through the arts—how we derive not just cultural benefits from the arts, but also how we benefit socially, educationally, and economically—making our communities a great place to live and work.

Next, at 8:30 a.m. on May 5 Janet Brown, Past President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, will offer a welcome keynote. Brown will focus on the arts for changing times and share what a successful arts organization looks like in 2018.

Finally, at 11:30 a.m. on May 5, Jane Chu, Chairman at National Endowment for the Arts, will serve as the lunch keynote speaker. Chairman Chu will focus on the impact of the arts in South Dakota and communities across the nation.

Along with the keynote presentations, the weekend will have helpful and practical learning sessions, as well as exciting art, performances and presenters who are the best in their fields.

The weekend of the conference will also see the installation of the 2018 Sioux Falls SculptureWalk pieces, with new sculptures and artists throughout downtown Sioux Falls on the morning of Saturday, May 5.

The South Dakota State Conference is sponsored by The White Wall Sessions, Workplace I.T. Management, First Bank & Trust, Sanford Health and Jack & Linda Stengel.

For more information on the 2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference schedule and presenters, visit the Arts South Dakota website,

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy. Launched in November 2015, Arts South Dakota is a statewide arts service and advocacy organization headquartered in Sioux Falls. It brings vitality to South Dakota communities and enriches people’s lives through the promotion of the creativity and visitor industries, by nurturing cultural leadership and education, and recognizing artistic excellence. The private, nonprofit group works closely with the South Dakota Arts Council, the state and federally funded division of South Dakota Tourism.

via SFAC.

USF Art Receptions Thursday

I AM – Senior Exhibition by Yuharelly Comparan
Jeschke Fine Arts Center Gallery
Reception: Mar 22nd 3-5pm
Artist talk @ 4pm

BELONGING – Senior Exhibition by Tenley Schwartz
Norman B Mears Library Gallery
Reception: Mar 22nd 3-5pm
Artist talk @ 5pm