Category Archives: Art in the Media

Bear piece made of forks, knives earns Sculpture Walk’s People’s Choice

An Ohio artist’s sculpture of a bear made of steel cutlery won the 2018 Sioux Falls SculptureWalk People’s Choice award.

“Bear Lee, Standing,” created by Ohio artist Gary Hovey, was selected by visitors to the annual public art exhibition of sculptures that line the streets of downtown Sioux Falls after earning the most votes in the 15th annual SculptureWalk balloting.

Standing six feet tall near the corner of 11th Street and Phillips Avenue, the grizzly bear sculpture is crafted out of stainless-steel dinner forks and knives. Standing six feet tall, the unique sculpture captured the most votes in the 15th annual SculptureWalk balloting.

SculptureWalk Director Jim Clark had a hunch Hovey’s piece would capture attention in Sioux Falls.

“That minute in May when I saw Bear Lee, Standing
come off the truck, I knew we had another very special sculpture in a very special year,” he said…

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Expanding Tribal History Through Art at Avera’s Prairie Center

An exhibit at Avera Health is aiming to teach people about Native American culture.

The Sample Works of the Lakota Tribe exhibit is on display this month at the Prairie Center on Avera’s main campus in Sioux Falls. For the past three years, Avera has partnered with the Center of American Indian Research and Native Studies to educate the public about tribal history.

This year’s exhibit is about the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee.

“What we hope to do with this exhibit is expose as many people as we can to this story, but also to the Lakota historical impact upon our state. This is not an often told story, but we want to expose as many people to it as we can,” said J.R. LaPlante, Director of Tribal Relations at Avera Health.

This narrative is titled Takuwe, meaning “why.” Dr. Craig Howe is the curator of the exhibit. He says the title comes from tribal leaders asking why this story hasn’t been told more…

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Artist Brings Washington Pavilion Staircase to Life

The Washington Pavilion is known for its lively shows, movies and exhibits.

Now it’s added the talents of a man who is bringing more life to the Pavilion through his art work.

“I’ve always drawn. I’ve just never stopped,” says Chuck Bennis of Brookings.

Bennis can now add this mural to his resume. It depicts space, Falls Park and South Dakota while wrapping around a stairwell at the Washington Pavilion.

“What I wanted to do with this space is to make an ordinary stairwell, and make it something special,” says Bennis.

Bennis free handed the entire piece with markers. He’ll be satisfied if he can inspire just one person to start drawing.

“I hope my style connects with this space too. It’s something bold something fun,” says Bennis.

Those with the Pavilion knew the stairs were the right place to bring this masterpiece.

“Everybody is just kind of walking up and going up and down them. It was one of those great locations where we thought we could really utilize this,” says Washington Pavilion Director Jason Folkerts…

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Sioux Falls Design Center celebrates variety of design disciplines

The Sioux Falls Design Center is hosting a week-long event to celebrate the various types of design like architecture, landscape, and graphic design. There are several events planned throughout the week at different locations in Downtown Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls Design Week – Sustainable Neighborhood Summit

It started on Friday, September 28th but doesn’t end until Friday, October 5th. The various activities include workshops, panel discussions, talks, demonstrations, and a pop-up shop of local designers. All of the events are free to attend.

On Monday, there is a hands-on workshop that explores the design thinking process and how you can solve problems through the lens of the end user. It’s from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM…

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Sioux Falls Heritage Museums preparator Eli Show gets to work directly with all of the objects patrons see daily at the Old Courthouse Museum. Show is currently coordinating the next big exhibit, “Toys,” which opens November 29 from 5-8 p.m. and will be full of nostalgic toys from the 1920s through the 90s and 2000s.

Also a well known artist himself and one of the masterminds behind local band We All Have Hooks for Hands, 605 got to get a look at what a typical day in his life looks like.

I really enjoy stopping at Queen City Bakery before work or when I’m out running errands. I’m obsessed with their doughnut muffins. I’m currently working on my dad-bod, so I need baked goods.

I usually buy most of my clothes online, but if I’m looking for a good pair of “mom jeans” to lounge around in, I’ll hit up a few thrift stores. My OG faves are St. Vincent de Paul or Union Gospel Mission Thrift

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Dickson Receives Harold Spitznagel Medal for Achievement in Art

Augustana senior Wyatt Dickson (Sioux Falls) has been awarded the prestigious Harold Spitznagel Medal for Achievement in Art, the highest award presented by the Augustana art department to student-artists who demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in all their artistic endeavors throughout their Augustana careers.

The award, which was presented on Friday, April 27, during the opening reception for the 2018 Senior Art Show in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, is only bestowed occasionally and was last given to a graduating senior art major in 2014.

Dickson transferred to Augustana University in 2016.

Art department faculty said from the moment Dickson arrived, he became integral to the fabric of the department has been a model and mentor for other students.

“One of Wyatt’s outstanding qualities is his compassion,” said Painting Professor Tom Shields. “He has, on numerous occasions, volunteered to help other students and faculty in various capacities.”…

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How to make art into a business? Sioux Falls nonprofit has answers

The first time Claudia Dail hosted a business class for artists, she could see there was a need for her kind of expertise.

Artists are great at what they do, but in the era of entrepreneur there is plenty of opportunity for creative minds to transform their ideas into a viable business.

That means learning skills in the world of finance and marketing.

“It was very well attended, it was very well received,” Dail said. “I could see these artists were sponges for business information.”

That was in 2014.

Dail has continued to find widespread interest in her business classes among the local artist community in Sioux Falls and recently announced a slate of fall workshops starting in October.

Her educational service, The Watering Can, is offering a day-long class Oct. 20 calls “Nuts and Bolts,” dividing the day up into four sections covering legal considerations, setting up a business in South Dakota, accounting techniques and pricing work…

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Someone You Should Know: Artist Shaine Schroeder

Art has always been a part of Shaine Schroeder’s life. As a little boy he picked up drawing.

He’s more recently taken his work to a larger space.

“You could sit down for an hour and a half and draw on an 8 by 10 piece of paper and it can look fine but it’s a totally different story when you’re putting it onto a 30 foot wall,” he said.

His work graces the back patio of M.B. Haskett.

It also hangs on the walls of another restaurant, Bro’s Brasserie Americano.

His most recent piece, the mural behind Pave’s newest upstairs bar, came with a new challenge.

“I had to paint on the ceiling. Behind the bar is this kind of curved quarter circle that basically transitions on to the ceiling and I never painted on anything like that.”

One of his most well known pieces is also one of his favorites.

“The piece’s name is Confetti,” he said, standing outside of the mural painted on the side of Common Sense.

“I had a blast doing it. I think the colors speak to everything I’ve ever wanted to express.”

Bright colors are a staple in his work.

“I love Sioux falls, it’s just, hard for anyone in this city to have six months of gray skies so that’s kind of the message that I’m trying to get across is like, ‘Hey it’s not that bad, take a look at this.”…

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23-year-old opens first Native-owned museum in Rapid City

After a year, Lakota Dream Museum has come to past

” About a year and a half ago, I was sitting in my college dorm room and I always thought you know we have one of the greatest cultures throughout American history and world history but we don’t have a place we can call home,” said Adonis Saltes, president of Lakota Dream.

The 23-year-old walked us through what is known to be the first Native owned and operated museum in Rapid City.

“This is my favorite exhibition in the museum. What we are looking at right now is one of the four white buffalo calves ever known to this century to be born” he said.

From the top to the bottom, Lakota Dream is home to a handful of sacred relics and the Native regalia that we may think we know so well.

“We wanted to paint the face black and red because if you look back in the history, one of our great chiefs rain the face, that’s the way he use to paint his face,” Saltes continued.

At the museum, you do not just see it, you experience the culture through the tales of the people…

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