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Should I Hire a Mover for My Artwork?

Once you have made the decision to move, you must then decide whether you will recruit professional help or tackle the task solo. It is a decision that requires much thought, especially since it involves your priceless artwork, and there are certain things you must take into consideration such as experience, cost, and level of trust.

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For the May Art & Wine Walk, Young & Green Art (Jordan Thornton!) will be at Young & Richard’s Flowers in downtown Sioux Falls. She will be doing a printmaking related demo, launching a Kickstarter campaign, and will have work available for sale.

Find Jordan here:

Here’s the scoop— Jordan was offered a SWEET artist residency at Chulitna Lodge Wilderness Retreat in Alaska. She will be spending three weeks in this beautiful remote location off of Lake Clark, 180 miles SW of Anchorage starting on August 18. This residency will provide her with time and space to create artwork and explore new concepts and processes in the studio, as well as, take inspiration away from her surroundings.

However, to make this happen, she has some fundraising to do. She will need to come up with another $2500 towards residency fees and travel costs, and is using to make it all happen. Kickstarter is an online fundraising platform designed to provide creators with the resources and funding needed to make their ideas reality.

Kickstarter is all or nothing- you hit a funding goal or you don’t get anything. So let’s make it happen!!

Invite the world, and stay tuned for all the fun details!


Lennox high school Makes Top 50 Semi-Finalist for Vans Custom Culture Art Competition – Needs Community Vote to Make It to Top 5!

Lennox is one of the Top 50 finalists in the Vans Custom Culture art competition! Our students have been provided with four pairs of blank Vans shoes, which they have been tasked to design the four themes of Vans’ “Off the Wall” lifestyle: action sports, arts, music and local flavor. See pictures of our designs below.

The competition culminates in a final event this June where five schools will be awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to showcase their designs to a panel of celebrity judges. The top finalists will be selected through public voting starting now until May 11. Our school is currently listed along with all the other finalists at where people can go in and vote!

The winning school will receive $50,000 towards its art program and the potential of one of its designs sold in Vans retail location. The four-runner up schools will be receiving $4,000 towards their art program.

We are so excited and hoping maybe you can help us get the word out to get votes!

ANYONE CAN VOTE EVERY DAY ONE TIME UNTIL MAY 11th! Please help promote our school and funding for the arts!

Augustana Senior Art Show

Fri Apr 28th – Sat May 20th
Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, 2001 S Grange Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Graduating art students at Augustana University will present their senior show April 28 through May 20 at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. On exhibit will be a wide variety of works including ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, digital photography and graphic design.

“Trash Collage”  13″ x 10″  by Courtney Hardie (JAM’s very own intern!)

Senior Artists:
Jada Arnott, an art and anthropology major from Sioux Falls
Noah Fisher, an art, anthropology and English major from Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Courtney Hardie, an art major with an entrepreneurship minor from Watertown, South Dakota
Tyler Johnson, a pre-professional art and K-12 education major from Luverne, Minnesota
Joseph Keating, an art and anthropology major from Sioux Falls
Samantha Levisay, an art and K-12 education major from Harrisburg, South Dakota
Ella Ng, an art major with a French minor from Hong Kong
Carl Norquist, an art and English major from Northfield, Minnesota
Evan Richards, an interdepartmental studies major with emphases in art, business and philosophy from Le Mars, Iowa
Julie Vu, an art and journalism major from Hanoi, Vietnam

The seniors will give artist talks at 7:30 p.m. at the opening awards reception on April 28, which will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Please, join us for an evening of food, conversation and a celebration of these seniors and the future of the visual arts.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by the families of Palmer Eide and Ogden Dalrymple for whom we are deeply grateful.

CFA: Storm Inlet Painting Project 2017

Storm Inlet Painting Project 2017
The City of Sioux Falls
in Partnership with the Visual Arts Commission

Purpose of Artwork:

The City of Sioux Falls’ storm drainage system is an important public utility and plays a vital role in public safety by quickly collecting water before it can accumulate and cause flooding. However, water that moves through the storm drainage system is discharged directly into the Big Sioux River with little or no treatment. To help raise awareness of the effect this has on water quality, the City of Sioux Falls partnered with local businesses, organizations, and individuals to paint murals on nine stormwater inlets downtown in 2016. The purpose of this project was to draw attention to the storm drainage system and to educate the public that stormwater is not treated. These paintings are intended to bring awareness to potential pollutants such as litter, debris, and hazardous chemicals entering the storm drainage system. This project will continue in 2017 by adding five more inlets in the downtown area to the program. To find out more about the project please visit


April 17, 2017: Project announcement

May8,2017at5p.m.: Submissiondeadline

May 16, 2017: Design selection
June 5–9, 2017: Storm inlet painting (*weather permitting)

Design Details:

The design should focus on water quality issues related to waterways or storm drains. This year’s theme is “The Big Sioux Needs You!” The design should warn against undesirable waste in the storm drain, including litter, pet waste, oil, chemicals, and yard waste. Or, the design can communicate how the storm drain leads to the Big Sioux River.

Submitted designs must be completed and in color. Submissions must include an attachment of one 8.5” x 11” illustration or photograph of the proposed artwork to keep on file. Artists may submit multiple entries. Only one entry per artist may be selected. Designs should include the entire top portion of the inlet lid. Manhole covers may also be painted. Painting the adjacent sidewalk or any area outside of the inlet lid will not be allowed. Also, painting the inside of the inlet will not be allowed.

Selected artists will be provided with paint for the designs, generously donated by Norberg Paints. Photos of the selected and completed storm drains will be posted to the City’s website ( and social media accounts. Each of the five selected artists will receive $200 compensation for their design and painting. Inlet covers will be prepped for painting by City staff with a clear prime coat. There will be an inlet reserved for youth submissions under the age of 18. If you or your organization would like to be considered for this category, please indicate this on your application submission.

Please contact the City of Sioux Falls Public Works Environmental division with any questions regarding your design.


Application Process:

Submissions should be addressed to Jessica Lantgen. They may be hand-delivered to 1017 East Chambers Street, Sioux Falls, SD; mailed to Public Works Environmental, 224 West Ninth Street, P.O. Box 7402, Sioux Falls, SD 57117-7402; or emailed to with the subject “Storm Inlet Painting Submission.” Designs must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 8, 2017. The following information must be included for your submission to be considered:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Link to portfolio (or attach/include design[s])
  • Short statement about inspiration for design
  • Colored 8.5” x 11” illustration or photograph of artwork
  • Category: adult -or- youth (under 18 years old)

    Judging/Awards Criteria:

    The design submissions will be juried by the Sioux Falls Visual Arts Commission in partnership with the Sioux Falls Sustainability Program. Selection criteria will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

    1. 1)  Appropriateness—How is the content or obvious symbolism of the proposed piece of artwork appropriate for those who will view the art, and is it within the context of the site where it will be viewed? Is the artwork in concert with the theme?
    2. 2)  Relevance—Does the artwork seem particularly relevant to the place where it will be displayed or to the public who will view it?
    3. 3)  Site plan—Does the scale of the artwork fit appropriately within and complement and/or enhance the physical location where it will be placed?
    4. 4)  Visibility/impact—Does the proposed location offer high visibility and/or impact to the public?


    Jessica Lantgen
    City of Sioux Falls, Public Works Environmental division 1017 East Chambers Street
    Sioux Falls, SD 57104

VAC Artist Advisory Council Call for Applicants

The Visual Arts Center is currently seeking individuals to serve on the VAC Artist Advisory Council.


  •  Provide a consistent opportunity for artists and individuals affiliated with the Visual Arts Center to discuss the needs and interests of the regional visual arts community in relation to the activities of the Washington Pavilion.
  •  Strengthen the relationship between the VAC and the regional art community.
  •  Artists voice assessments, advice, ideas, and interests as they relate to the VAC and thevisual arts community in our region.


  •  The Artist Advisory Council is limited to 12 seats. Artists who participate on the Artist Advisory Council hold a one-year term, with the option to remain on the Council or not.
  •  To apply for a seat on the Artist Advisory Council, the application and a cover letter must be completed and returned to the VAC’s Lead Curator. The Artist Advisory Council will evaluate applications at least once a year, or on an as needed basis. Artists consist of, but are not limited to: faculty or students from local universities, professionals, and emerging to mid-career artists. A diversity of voices from the artistic community of Sioux Falls is desirable.
  •  Council members must commit to attending at least four out of six meetings each year.
  •  The Council selects one to two artists as the Chair(s), who will hold a two year term. The Chair(s) help facilitate the Council meetings and communications. The meeting agendas are created by VAC staff, and include topics relating to the VAC and community artists.
  •  A VAC Board member attends the Artist Advisory Council meetings and an available Council member attends the VAC Board meetings as Liaison.
  •  At the Council’s request, additional invitations can be granted by the VAC Board for the purpose of presenting a concept or suggestion. It is encouraged for the Board Liaison to share the VAC Board’s agendas and minutes.
  •  Council members are eligible to participate in group shows, specifically: The VAC Juried Exhibition, Governor’s Biennial, Arts Night, The University Invitational and other group opportunities. The artists are eligible to submit exhibition proposals to the Visual Arts Center during participation with the Artist Advisory Council. However, solo exhibitions cannot coincide with the member’s active term.

Click here to apply.


Carl Grupp will be speaking at 6:30 about his current exhibition with his own artwork, featured alongside pieces from his personal collection. Carl’s show is especially exciting for printmakers in our area; boasting a display of famous prints from Hokusai, Whistler, Goya, but also features local artists like Julie Punt, Mary Selvig, Martin Wanserski, and Lloyd Menard.

Also speaking, Brian Frink at 6 p.m. His show features colorful, strangely shaped paintings he calls “Magical landscapes” that reference the landscape of his surroundings in Mankato, MN. The paintings hang unconventionally from floor to ceiling in strange configurations. Frink is also the chairman of the Dept. of Art at the University of MN – Mankato, and owns the Blue Earth County Poor Farm, which acts as his studio and gathering place for creatives.

It is Free First Friday at the Visual Arts Center from 5 to 8.

CFA: Build A Better Birdhouse Design Competition

Calling all creatives for the 3rd annual Build A Better Birdhouse Design Competition. A friendly design competition open to all ages in support of birding, bird conservation and awesome design in Sioux Falls.

Birdhouse designs are required to meet customized needs of specific bird breeds. Choose a bird from the list below and build your design to meet the needs of that specific feathered friend. All submissions will be on display online and at the Shrivers Square windows for public voting then later auctioned to the highest bidder at the BBBDC Awards Ceremony and Auction to support future design competitions. A grand prize of $150 will be awarded to the winner in each category selected by jury scores and public voting.


Via the Sioux Falls Design Center.


Featured Member Reception March 3, 2017 5-8 PM

Guest Artist Reception March 3, 2017 5-8 PM