Category Archives: Art in the Media

Sioux Falls’ Arc of Dreams renderings show off new look

Renderings released Wednesday from a Sioux Falls landscape architecture firm show a more detailed look at a public art project headed for downtown this summer.

The Arc of Dreams is scheduled to be completed in July, rising over the revitalized banks of the Big Sioux River as it cuts through Sioux Falls’ urban core.

Images by Confluence show plans for Metli Plaza, a courtyard on one side of the river that will honor the project’s donors and give passersby a chance to appreciate the stainless steel arc.

“It’s all about paying tribute to the dreams,” said Jim Clark, project director. “I think that space does it. People can reflect on that as they enjoy it.”

Metli Plaza is named after former Sioux Falls city planner Steve Metli, who died in February due to complications from surgery. He was 71

Construction will start in April on Metli Plaza and the site where the arc touches on the other side of the river. Both sides of the arc will have seating for people who want to stop and admire the artwork, Clark said…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Art Gallery To Host Alzheimer’s Benefit

First Friday in Downtown Sioux Falls will feature a special benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association. There are 5.5 million Americans living today with Alzheimer’s disease and every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed.

Each piece is being perfectly placed at Rehfeld’s Art and Framing before the big day on Friday. Art To Remember, an Alzheimer’s Benefit, is raising money for those who can’t.

“I watched my grandmother pass from this disease, I watched my dad struggle with his mom having to deal with this insidious disease and now he has contracted it himself,” Matthew Jorgenson, owner of Rehfeld’s Art and Framing, said.

Jorgenson’s personal connection to the disease helped him partner with the local Alzheimer’s chapter as well as artist Jerry Cook.

“This year again he has incredibly and very graciously donated another piece of artwork,” Jorgenson said.

No one will know what’s behind the drape until Friday night. And the gallery hopes to raise $5,000 from one piece.

“People don’t want to talk about it, people don’t want to know…

via KELO. To view more, click here.


Man, is it just us or was 2017 on supersonic speed? As you may or may not know, one of our big goals here at JAM is to be a source of art information for the Sioux Falls community through our website and blog. We have published over 160 posts in the last year on topics ranging from local art events to local artists and art educators, and everything in between.

Didn’t get a chance to read them all? We got you. Here is our top 10 hit list of our most popular posts to help you ring in 2018.

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From all of us at JAM, Happy New Year!

Washington Pavilion offering family events during holiday break

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – Searching for some family activities to entertain your kids over the holiday break?


Look no further than the Washington Pavilion. From movies to science to art, the Kirby Science Discovery Center (KSDC) and the Visual Arts Center (VAC) are sure to keep your kids occupied with educational fun.


The pavilion will be showing “The Polar Express” at the Wells Fargo CineDome, and on Saturdays the KSDC will present special hands-on programming themed to the movie.

The VAC will also be offering an Art Scavenger Hunt.

And on New Year’s Eve, stop by the

Washington Pavilion for a balloon drop at 5 p.m. Prize-filled balloons will be dropped from the third floor of the KSDC.

Find more information about events over the holiday break on the pavilion’s website.

via KSFY. View more by clicking here.

‘Art for Arthritis: Turning Pain into Art’ event begins Friday in Sioux Falls

An event set for Friday in Sioux Falls is turning a painful disease into beautiful pieces of art.

“Art for Arthritis” pairs victims of juvenile arthritis with local mentor artists.

Artists’ works will be auctioned off Friday night to raise money in hopes of finding a cure. A mentor artist KSFY spoke with said she is grateful to be a part of this experience.

“Working with the children is awesome, I think I benefit more than they do because it’s just a humbling experience to see their creativity, see how they attack problems and experiment,” Kelly Tadlock said. “They look at things differently than adults do, so it’s just refreshing to see them grow and learn as artists.”

“Art for Arthritis’ also features dinner, a silent auction, and a diamond dig. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. in the Startlight Room of the Holiday Inn in downtown Sioux Falls.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

New design for Sioux Falls Arc of Dreams

The Arc of Dreams, a massive sculpture that will soon span the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls, has a new look.

Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls released the new design of it’s art piece Wednesday. The Arc features two open stainless steel structures with a ribbon effect wrapped around each side.

The Arc design previous featured an two enclosed stainless steel structures.

The new design still includes an 18-foot gap at the center, 70 feet above the river. That gap represents the leap of faith dreamers take to see their dreams come true.

Dale Lamphere is the sculpture designer. He most recently completed work on Dignity, a 50-foot-tall statue that honors the culture of the Lakota and Dakota people.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Sioux Falls Nights: Crafted With Pride

SDPB takes an inside look at the studios of Pride Neon, which for seventy years has been instrumental in shaping the look of Sioux Falls’ city streets. Pride has only employed three glass blowers over the course of those seventy years. Scott Johnson is one of them.

via SDPB. View the video here.

Local Cartoonist Named Pavilion Visual Arts Director

Local artist and business owner Jason Folkerts is going to be the new director of the Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center, the pavilion announced Friday.

You have probably seen Folkerts’ work around town. Folkerts, a Sioux Falls native, is a full-time artist and owns a business that specializes in cartooning, murals and live art. He has also been a youth pastor for over 20 years and wants to help bring in the next generation of artists, holding cartoon workshops at businesses and schools.

Folkerts hopes to increase the pavilion’s engagement with local education leaders, he said in a statement.

“I’m excited to approach this new journey with some key actions,” Folkerts said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to increasing community engagement and seeing more people visit. We want to be very innovative and take some risks – the idea is to get people to say ‘wow, we have to go experience that!’”

According to Folkerts’ website, he has written six original musicals, illustrated six children’s books, has drawn over 500 editorial cartoons and has done 140 murals for schools around the nation.

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Governor’s Mansion tours now featuring art by Harrisburg student

As the free summer tours at the Governor’s Mansion resume, First Lady Linda Daugaard is featuring Native American art from South Dakota artists, including a new painting by a Harrisburg student.

As of July 12, guests can view the oil painting of a Native American dancer by Mikki Brian, who was this year’s Western Governors’ Association art show winner from South Dakota.

Brian said the piece, titled “Golden Sky,” was inspired by her Lakota culture and her connection to South Dakota. After being on display at the Western Governors’ meeting in Montana last month, the Governor and First Lady brought the piece back to the state for display in the mansion during the month of July.

“Mikki’s painting is just beautiful,” Linda said in a press release. “If you haven’t toured the Governor’s Mansion before, I hope you will come see the home and this work of art for yourself.”

The free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion began in June and continue through the end of August…

vis KSFY. To view more, click here.

Art Maze II

A broad-shouldered man’s silhouette uses a screwdriver to open a sewing machine, presenting for his minor audience the inner mechanical workings before a curtain closes as swifty as it opened.

Stark, black coated walls light up with neon splatter paintings, changing perceptions with a flicker of lights.

A 22-year old man wanders through a hallway covered in flashing, colored lights endlessly reflected by tinfoil covered walls.

This, is Art Maze II.

Last weekend, Sioux Falls artists gathered at Exposure Gallery & Studios to present a two-floor interactive series of installations, portraits, and paintings.

Roughly 40 local artists worked in collaboration to fill every hallway, studio and corner with creations, produced using graffiti, charcoal, photography, duct tape, performance art, and everything in between…

via SDPB. To view more, click here.