Category Archives: Art in the Media

SDHSAA Art Show 2017

Shaylee Severson of Washington High School in Sioux Falls discusses how family tradition inspires her. Destiny Ackerman of Hamlin talks about working with a unique medium. And art teacher Cherie Ramsdell, talks about how student Jessica Jaeger prepared herself and her show cow for a portrait that’s “true South Dakota” during this brief visit to the 2017 SDHSAA art show.

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Veterans Compete in Art Competition

People gathered at the VA in Sioux Falls to view the Veterans Visual Arts Show.

The event marks the first step for veterans looking to compete in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, New York.

Although competition is open to all enrolled veterans, many participate to help cope and recover from post-traumatic stress, trauma, and other physical and emotional disabilities.

Employees at the VA displayed their arts and crafts at the event as well.

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Arc of Dreams: Dale Lamphere shares his vision

Tonight we are proud to announce a partnership between KSFY Television and a project called ‘The Arc of Dreams’.

It involves the construction of a sculpture that will span the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls between 6th and 8th streets.
It is meant to honor those who have come to Sioux Falls hoping to make their dream come true.
Tonight, you’ll meet the artist behind the project whose work is also the result of a dream.

Tucked amidtst the rolling prarie of western South Dakota….near Sturgis…you’ll find a secluded studio.
Inside is an artist who’s work has made him a household name.
But like every dream it had a starting point.

“I grew up on a ranch about 5 miles north of where my current studio is located. I didn’t really have any experience with the arts but I enjoyed making things.”

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Sioux Falls student chosen for South Dakota in Google competition

A Sioux Falls student could soon have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see.

Google has announced the 53 state and territory winners in its ninth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “What I see for the future…”.

Bria Shay Neff, a 4th grader from Sioux Falls is one of the 53 winners with her doodle, Wild and Free, depicting “What I see for the future is that all animals live in peace. They are not endangered because they are all wild and free.”

Her doodle was selected from thousands of entries received this year.

Community members helped Bria Shay Neff celebrate during a surprise assembly at the Washington Pavilion Thursday evening.

To help their favorites succeed, everyone across the USA can vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 state winners.

Voting will be open from February 23rd to March 5th.

Google will announce these five national finalists and one of them as the national winner on March 31 — and the winner’s doodle will go live on that day.

The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.


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.

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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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Telling Stories Through Art At Touchmark

A local artist is partnering with Touchmark of All Saints to celebrate “Inspire Your Heart with Art Day” by creating a unique piece of art that shows the power of story telling in South Dakota.

Altman E. Studeny will create 65 small tiles in the shapes of each of South Dakota’s counties and encourage residents to consider communities where they grew up or previously lived and to share their stories about those places. Individuals will paint and collect collage items to reflect these personal narratives to be used in the project entitled “The Great State of the Land.”

Touchmark Life Enrichment and Wellness Director, Ellen Kelly says the project is important for their residents because “Creative endeavors and art inspire people and feed their spirits. The process of collaborative creation is central in this project, which also serves to celebrate participants’ lives and preserve their history while creating a community legacy.”

Studeny will hold classes with residents on Tuesday, January 31 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Touchmark at All Saints location. Members of the public are welcome to attend the classes and share their stories as well. Once the piece is completed, it will be displayed in their building…

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artinmediaSioux Falls, SD – January 13, 2017 – Thanks to a local effort, Sioux Falls architect Ward Whitwam is the recipient of one of the most revered arts awards in South Dakota. On Feb. 15, in Pierre, SD, Whitwam will be given the 2017 Governor’s Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement.

The effort to nominate Whitwam was led by Sioux Falls Arts Council board member and long-time area arts advocate Charlotte Carver. Carver enlisted the help of local writer Jill Callison to develop a nomination package highlighting Whitwam’s achievements over several decades.

“Whitwam’s forward-thinking designs have been around since the late 1950s. His work is recognizable not only in landmark structures throughout Sioux Falls, but across the state with ‘Whitwam’s wigwams’—the distinctive tipi-like structures at interstate rest stops,” says Kara Dirkson, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

An award-winning architect, Whitwam served in World War II and completed undergraduate and graduate school at UC Berkeley before eventually returning to Sioux Falls to begin his own architectural firm. His favorite project was designing his office on West Avenue. Proud of his South Dakota roots, he says, “I am not from New York or Los Angeles; I am a local boy from Watertown, SD.”

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts are a joint initiative between Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council. The awards ceremony is Friday, February 15, 2017 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre, SD. Tickets can be purchased by calling 605.252.5979 or visiting


Photo attached; Source: Kelly Martin, Wikimedia Commons

For Whitwam’s biography, click here.

For more information on the Governor’s Awards, click here, or contact Shari Kosel at 605.252.5979 ext. 1 or


Sioux Falls Arts Council
326 E. 8th Street, Suites 106A & B
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

via The Sioux Falls Arts Council.

New Director Brings New Life to Pavilion

artinmediaWhen Matt Rogers bought his first family pass to the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science four years ago, he often found Sioux Falls’ primary science and art center a bit drab, run down and tired.

But he considered it his family’s best option and kept renewing – and as a result unknowingly watched the Pavilion transition from a facility that couldn’t break even to one that’s relying less on taxpayer subsidies and donations to keep the lights on.

“They never did anything new. Now it’s way better than it was when we first started going,” said the 34-year-old Garretson father of three, who of late has noticed a major turnaround at Pavilion, particularly in the Kirby Science Discovery Center. “Even right down to being cleaner – it just seems like they just take care of it better.”

If you ask Darrin Smith, who took over as Pavilion president in May 2016, that’s deliberate and has been year’s in the making.

Since its opening in 1999 the Washington Pavilion and its art gallery, concert hall, large-format theater, and science museum struggled to maintain membership and consistent revenue streams.

via the Argus. To view more, click here.