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ASPIRE is seeking an art mentor for an artistically inclined youth (aged 14-16). This individual is interested in drawing and painting.
Email Linda Schoon, case manager at ASPIRE, with any questions or if you are interested in this wonderful opportunity to help foster a youth’s love of art.
ASPIRE helps youths with disabilities go to work and advance their education. Learn more.



Classical Methods & Techniques of Still Life Painting

Tuition: $300

Hosted at the artist’s studio in downtown Sioux Falls, SD, this 2-and-a-half day workshop will explore the many aspects of creating a still life in oil paint.
During this 15-hour workshop students will be guided through a step-by-step approach for designing and painting a still life, from initial setup and composition, to block-in and final rendering. Instruction will be centered around the elements of design, understanding and observation of form, and rendering volume with tone, color, and paint application. Lectures will discuss materials, composition & design, color palette and color theory.
Designed for all skill levels; Limit 10 students. Schedule consists of a Friday evening demonstration, followed by two student work days with personalized, one-on-one instruction. A list of suggested materials will be provided with registration.


Tuition payable by cash, check or credit card (via Paypal). 50% down-payment is required to hold a spot. Make checks payable to Anna Youngers Fine Art.
To REGISTER, or for additional information, contact: or (605) 929-5016

CFA: The WALL at Arts Night

A reminder about the newest opportunity to participate in Arts Night: The WALL. The WALL is a group feature in the Arts Night 2017 exhibition, REPRESENT.

Consider submitting a small artwork, approximately 8” x 8”, for this feature. Pieces submitted for The WALL will be displayed in the Everist Gallery for the Arts Night 2017 exhibition, and they will also be displayed on the stage at this year’s Arts Night auction. All pieces on The WALL can be purchased in the Arts Night 2017 Silent Auction through our online bidding platform, Gesture.

The WALL is not juried—and it’s a great excuse to make something small or pull a small work from your artwork storage. Please, see below for more details.

A note on size:

Artworks may be slightly smaller or larger than 8” x 8”—for example, a 5” x 7” works great!—but stay within 1”-2” of 8” x 8”. The size requirement includes matting and framing; please, do not submit an 8” x 8” piece in a large frame.

Some free 8” x 8” canvases and panels are available to artists at the VAC Entrance Desk. We would be honored if you would consider participating.

Submissions for The WALL are due this Friday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. Submissions accepted through the weekend for artists who aren’t able to stop over during M-F business hours.

Augustana High School Art Invitational

Augustana High School Art Invitational

13 different schools representing the art from students of 19 different art teachers.

Exhibition on view January 11-February 3

Free and open to the public:
10am-5pm M-F, and Saturdays 1-4 pm.

Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University
Center for Visual Arts (30th St. and Grange Ave.)
Sioux Falls, SD

Reception for “Bog Cycles”

The Jeschke Fine Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Sioux Falls presents artwork by Alan Montgomery in an exhibition titled, “Bog Cycles.” The artwork will be on display January 3rd-March 30th with an opening reception for the artist scheduled from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday, February 9th in the Jeschke Fine Art Gallery.

Alan Montgomery’s inspiration for the “Bog Cycle” series began back in 1994 in graduate school reading the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s seminal pieces on the Irish peat bog are a journey through time and space and a signifier of the Irish culture. Alan spent the early part of his life in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the period known as the Troubles. Heaney wrote a number of bog poems during this time that reflect that time period, and the metaphysical, the ancient, and the richness of the Irish language and landscape. The patterns and rhythm of Heaney’s writing struck a chord in Alan. Rather than illustrating the poems, he interprets the written text through the visual language of design and art in an effort to better understand how meaning occurs in his own work.

Alan Montgomery is a Professor of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences in the Digital Arts and Design program at Dakota State University, Madison, SD. He is a recent recipient of the South Dakota Individual Artist Fellowship 2016-2017.

“Bog Cycles” is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.



Governor’s Awards in the Arts 2017

Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council will celebrate the 23rd Governor’s Awards in the Arts on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.
Recipients of this year’s awards are: Ward Whitwam, Sioux Falls, for Distinction in Creative Achievement; Graham & Anna Marie Thatcher, Rapid City, for Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Individual; Steve Babbitt, Rapid City, for Outstanding Service to Arts Education; Mobridge City Council, Mobridge, for Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Organization or Business; and an Honorary Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts Community will be presented to Michael Pangburn, Pierre. The 2017 South Dakota Living Indian Treasure Award will be presented to Bryan Akipa, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Sisseton.
The biennial awards presentation banquet honors the achievements of South Dakota’s fine artists and arts leaders. Award winners are selected from nominations submitted in the four categories reflecting the work of professional artists and arts educators, and the support of individuals, businesses and organizations that
encompass South Dakota’s arts community. The Living Indian Treasure Award is presented to a South Dakota Native American elder, in recognition of preservation of excellence in traditional Indian art forms or breaks new ground through innovations based in traditional forms.
Festivities will begin with a reception at 5:00 pm on February 15, followed by a banquet honoring the award winners. Governor Dennis Daugaard will deliver the State of the Arts Address and present the 2017 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Arts highlights include the Jim Szana Trio and an exhibit curated by Racing Magpie, Rapid City.
The biennial awards are sponsored by Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council. Tickets for the banquet are $25.00 (member) or $35.00 per person. Order tickets at Arts South Dakota, PO Box 2496, Sioux Falls, SD 57101, (605) 252-5979.
Visit for more information, including biographical highlights for the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards in the Arts and a complete listing of previous award winners.
The Governor’s Awards in the Arts are sponsored by Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council.
South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsors include First Dakota National Bank, Den-Wil Properties, Delta Dental, BankWest, Racing Magpie, VistaComm and South Dakota
Public Broadcasting.
The Living Indian Treasure Award is sponsored by Sinte Gleska University, Northern Plains Indian Art Market and Arts South Dakota.


Submit to The Local Artist

Hey South Dakota artists – Get your submission in before Feb 28th for a chance to be featured in the 2017 issues! Submission is easy!


Design Center Emerging Artist Series CFA

Are you an Emerging Artist? The Sioux Falls Design Center is  currently taking submissions for their 2017 Emerging Artist Series. A reception will be held on the first Friday of the month, and the work will be featured for that month. Click here for Application and email the SFDC Director


The Bakery brings people together each Free Friday to hear a local person or organization’s story. This month, it’s us! On Friday, December 16, Jess will speak about JAM and the future of our mission, plus we will be providing lunch for the Free Friday guests. That’s right, a FREE LUNCH!

Lunch: 12 noon
Speaking Program: 12:15 to 12:30, with an open question and answer following.

Let us know you’ll be there!

Free Friday at The Bakery is free all day (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for facility coworking space use.

Free Lunch!
Free Gig speed Internet!
Free Bakery Day Pass!
Local speaker at Noon!
All open to the public.