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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.




via Sioux Falls Arts Council

Sioux Falls, S.D. — We’re excited to announce Kara Dirkson will be our new Executive Director effective January 2, 2017. She currently serves as the Director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls.

“We’re so pleased that Kara is bringing her experience in the arts community and her background in arts administration, education and management to the Sioux Falls Arts Council,” said Sandra Pay, President of the Arts Council Board of Directors. “Her unique set of skills will be a great advantage to the organization in its role to bring the city’s long term cultural plan, SIOUX FALLS IMAGINED, to fruition.”

Prior to serving at the Visual Arts Center, Dirkson created and managed Artisia Fine Art Services. At the time it was the only fine arts services practice in the area, specializing in appraisals and consulting to private collectors, businesses and institutions.

“I am very excited to open a new chapter for the Sioux Falls Arts Council and realize its tremendous potential to partner with arts organizations and raise the awareness and status of the arts in our community,” Dirkson said. “Having a viable organization actively nurturing relationships with the city, business community and residents is necessary to increase the quality of life in Sioux Falls and continue making it thrive and prosper. Thanks to the SFAC’s past work, we have an excellent cultural plan in place. I am eager to lead its implementation.”

Dirkson holds a BA in Social Studies Education and History from Augustana University, an MS in History with an Art History emphasis from Minnesota State University, Mankato and has done post graduate study at Northwestern University in Chicago in Appraisal Studies Certification and Accreditation.

Call For Art

Dialogues from the hART: A Visual Commentary on the 2016 Election Cycle
Accepting submissions for art exhibit to be held January 5 – March 28 at The Bakery.

The theme for this exhibit is the 2016 election cycle; how you feel about it, how you see reactions in the community, the direction you feel the country is going, can we survive as a whole, et cetera. Art that reflects all viewpoints is encouraged. The intent is to spur respcfa3ectful dialogues surrounding the 2016 election cycle by first visually experiencing what others feel in their hearts.
Open to all artists in Sioux Falls and surrounding area.
All artists are encouraged to submit one or two pieces. Outsider art is encouraged. You must also include a short (no more than two paragraphs) bio, and a 2 – 3 sentence description of each piece, including price if for sale. All pieces sold must remain up for the duration of the show.
Each artist must reply with intent to participate by December 20, 2016 by emailing with ‘Exhibit’ in the subject line, or by calling Sam Lopez at 605-254-5211. Art may be dropped off at the Bakery starting Jan 1, yet no later than 5 p.m. on January 3.
Art must be presented in a manner ready to hang; dry and framed, or edged in a way that is finished. Make sure you have wire or bracket hangers attached when you drop off your piece.
The open house will be January 20 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. All artists showing are encouraged to attend. Any questions please direct to Sam Lopez at 605-254-5211.