Category Archives: Art in the Media

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…

via the Argus, To view more, click here.

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…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.


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…

via 605 Magazine. To view more, click here.

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…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

SculptureWalk piece found vandalized

One of the many pieces that makes up downtown Sioux Falls’ SculptureWalk was found vandalized on Friday night.

A Facebook post from Minervas shows “White Step,” a piece by Colorado artist Harold Linke that the restaurant sponsored for SculptureWalk, having been broken off of its pedestal.

The post said the piece was found broken on Friday evening, and is now safe.

“Public art is important to us, and our city,” the post ends. “Take some time today to visit downtown and take in all of the wonderful art Sioux Falls is so fortunate to offer.”

via the Argus. To view more, click here.


The Sioux Falls Arts Council will feature Jenny Bye as June and July’s Featured Visual Artist.

Bye says, “I became interested in pursuing encaustic painting, after a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I viewed a film explaining the encaustic process. Intrigued by the translucency in layering, and fluidity of the medium, I began reading and exploring the encaustic process. It is now my principal medium.

Encaustic is a Greek word that means to heat or burn in. Working with melted wax requires good ventilation, a flat griddle with temperature control, and tools to fuse the layers of beeswax, such as an iron, heat gun, or propane torch. Other tools needed, include razor blades, and pottery trimming tools for scraping away wax. The beeswax serves as an excellent binder for the pigment and has a longevity that exceeds other painting mediums.

I make my own paints by combining a mixture of raw pigments, melted beeswax, and damar resin crystals. By making my paints, I control the pigment load and adjust the opacity or transparency of the mixture as needed. Pre-made, encaustic cakes are convenient, but expensive and heavily pigmented.

Because of the transparent qualities, durability and versatility of the medium, I paint in layers, fused by heat. Scraping away layers, reveals the underlying structure. Since I rarely do a preliminary sketch, the spontaneous energy of each piece, is captured in the hardened wax. The addition of collage materials, is often an intricate application adding interest and dimensionality.”

via SFAC. View more here.

Made in SD: Artist couple continues to flourish at studio outside of Irene

There are an assortment of signs that line SD Highway 46. They all say ‘Whimsies’ on them. For this week’s edition of ‘Made in South Dakota’ we head to the small art studio outside of Irene.

Many might not know what ‘Whimsies’ is all about, but today, we introduce you to the couple behind it all.

Theresa and Greg Preheim actually live in the space filled with artwork just outside of Irene on SD Hwy 46.

Walking inside the studio’s doors, you will find an artist’s paradise. The Preheim’s each have their own spaces. Theresa is more into collage work and abstract art, Greg really focuses on portraits for people.

Both sell their work, but they also say they love giving their artwork away as gifts to friends and family. Greg has painted numerous portraits of his wife.

“The one in the shop, that’s more abstract, he actually surprised me for Valentine’s day with that one. That’s one of the perks of having a husband as an artist,” Theresa said.

The two do a number of orders for people in the area. Talented artists who met because Theresa says she desperately needed a job, and Greg happened to be hanging up one of his signs for the company he worked for called ‘Greg Signs.’…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Harvey Dunn-WWI Illustrator

On the heels of a World War I documentary on SDPB TV, we are reflecting on those days. Today we remember Harvey Dunn. Dunn was an artist and the majority of his work is housed in the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington DC but over 100 pieces of his work are in the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings. Lynn Verschoor is the director and joined us now.

This conversation has been edited for web use, to listen to it in its entirety click here.

Cara Hetland:

Welcome to “In the Moment,” I’m Cara Hetland sitting in today for Lori Walsh, and on the heels of a World War I documentary on SDPB, we are reflecting on those days. And today we remember Harvey Dunn. Dunn was an artist and a majority of his work is housed in the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington, D.C. Over 100 pieces of his work are in the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, and Lynn Verschoor is the director of that art museum in Brookings, and joins us now. Lynn, welcome to “In the Moment.”

Lynn Verschoor:

Thank you Cara, it’s nice to be here.

Cara Hetland:

So happy to have you. So let’s start and talk a little bit about Harvey Dunn. Give me a little background of his history.

Lynn Verschoor:

Well, Harvey was the son of homesteaders, and he lived around Manchester, South Dakota, and he was raised on that farm. And he was really the workhorse in the family, he was a very big boy, and so took a lot of responsibility for the heavy, heavy work. And so then he decided, by working with his mother, he sort of determined that he really wanted to be an artist…

via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. To view more, click here.


What is it that drives the creativity within the mind of a young child? Is it the exposure to other mediums of art fashioned from the perspectives of well-refined and endlessly experienced creators? Perhaps it is the inspired desire of a blossoming imagination, eager to replicate in real life what they otherwise would find living only in the most fantastical of dreams. The question as to where this initiative stems from is as intricately varied and diverse as the children who express themselves through art. However, not all youth are granted the same opportunities for self-expression and artistry, whether it be due to deficiency of materials, funding, or support. When made aware of the needs of her community, a compassionate and diligent local teen produced a plan to make a difference in both the lives of children, and towards the conservation of our planet.

Abby Neff’s story begins with her volunteering efforts at an after-school program designed to benefit youth from low income families. While many of the children participating in the program were eager to create the planned projects and activities, their delight was snuffed out when they found themselves short of time to complete their artwork. Many of these children disclosed to Abby that they didn’t have the means or materials to finish their art at home, forcing them to return to their homes with uncompleted projects, likely never to be finished. Desperately wanting to find a way to aid the children she served in receiving suitable art supplies, Abby found inspiration in what would otherwise be a complicated predicament. Her solution was Recycled Rainbows.

Driven by her desire to provide children with art supplies satisfactory enough to incite their creativity wherever they may be, Abby began to collect unwanted crayons that would otherwise be tossed aside and left unused. The crayons she gathered were then melted down and poured into a wide assortment of molds. When finished, these newly created art utensils took on a variety of eye-catching shapes, from animals to flowers to robots and beyond. The crayons were then packaged and delivered to various organizations, charities, and schools within the community, all for the benefit of the kids who received them…

via the Sioux Falls Arts Council. To view more, click here.

School Zone: Washington Pavilion Summer Camps

Learning new tricks, trades, and hobbies is something many of us say we don’t have time for, especially during the summer months. However, The Washington Pavilion is giving you the opportunity to pick up something new.

Throughout the summer, the Pavilion offers classes and courses for any and all ages. From painting, to ceramics, to musical theatre, there’s something for everyone. You can find a full listing of courses and sign up by clicking here.

KDLT’s Simon Floss went to find out more, and for a refresher course on throwing a ceramic bowl.

via KDLT. View video and more here.