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11-Year-Old Raises $30,000 for Endangered Species with Artwork

If you want to learn more about endangered species, Bria Neff is the girl to talk to.

“There are over 3,000 endangered species,”said Bria Neff.

Bria’s only 11, but  she doesn’t let her age hold her back from anything.

She currently has a Faces of the Endangered Art Exhibit at the Washington Pavillion to educate people about these animals. It will be there until June 10th.

She is most passionate about wolves.

“I love wolves a lot and they’re really beautiful and I don’t want them to go extinct,” said Neff.

She’s helping save them one painting at a time.

“It was a blue wolf and it had a dream catcher for a necklace,” said Neff.

In May she donated the painting to the Wolf Conservation Center for their 1st annual NYC fundraiser.

“Her painting raised 15 thousand dollars which is incredible,” said Maggie Howell, Executive Director of the Wolf Conservation Center.

“It was the best day of my life,” said Neff…

via KDLT. To view more, click here.

SculptureWalk Visitor Center opens at Washington Pavilion

A brand new SculptureWalk Visitor Center is now open at the Washington Pavilion.

The center, located on the second floor outside the Visual Arts Center, features a large-scale map of the sculpture route, brochures, video, artwork and more.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bridge the Washington Pavilion and the SculptureWalk in our shared goal of offering art to the public,” said Darrin Smith, president of the Washington Pavilion, in a press release Wednesday. “It’s a natural connection for our patrons to enjoy our artwork and exhibitions as well as explore the sculptures located throughout downtown Sioux Falls.”

The first and last sculptures on the route are located near the Pavilion which gives SculptureWalk visitors an opportunity to start and end at the new visitor center.

SculptureWalk installed 57 new pieces in downtown Sioux Falls in early May. An estimated 300,000 visitors enjoy viewing these artworks each year…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.


605 Magazine is pumped to announce the 9th Annual 605 Summer Classic presented by University Center and Carnaval Brazilian Grill happening June 22-23 at Cherapa Place. Check out the lineup, and purchase your tickets online starting Friday, May 4. See you there!


Scenes From South Dakota Art Reception

Beautiful South Dakota photography. Beautiful modern folk music. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. All for free… at a credit union?

You bet.

We’re excited to showcase Christian Begeman’s amazing South Dakota photography from 5-8 – plus live folk, Americana and jazz music with Jami Lynn from 6:30-7:30. See you there!

April 19 at 5:00 PM8:00 PM CDT
Voyage Federal Credit Union / Dawley Farm Branch

AmazonSmile triple donation now through March!

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SDHSAA State Visual Arts Gallery and Competition

The SDHSAA State Visual Arts Gallery and Competition will take place March 16-17 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Please join us, beginning at 5:00-9:00pm on March 16th for the FREE public showing. The Gallery will be open again from 9:00am-4:30pm on March 17th.

2018 ArtAbility Call for Art

The Sioux Falls Mayor’s Disability Awareness Commission (DAC) announces the 2018 ArtAbility call for art. ArtAbility is an art show that the DAC hosts for local artists with disabilities to showcase their work.

The deadline to submit an entry form is March 30, 2018. The entry form, the call for art, and more information can be found at

The art show will be on April 20, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Museum of Visual Materials located at 500 North Main Avenue in Sioux Falls. There will be live music, refreshments, and art for sale.

In addition to the DAC and the Museum of Visual Materials, Gustaf’s Greenery and LifeScape are also sponsors.

Call the DAC staff at 605-367-8745 or email humanrelations@siouxfalls.orgwith questions.


From Arts South Dakota

Dear Friends,

We are happy to report that HB 1206, a bill introduced last month that threatened funding for the Department of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council, has been defeated. The House Taxation Committee received overwhelming opposition from the tourism and arts communities, including many opponents testifying during the committee hearing last week. It was clear to our lawmakers that tourism and the arts are widely supported by South Dakota citizens and are essential to our state’s economy and culture.

Thank you for following this issue so closely and for your local advocacy work. You are part of a dedicated and passionate community in our state. Arts South Dakota will continue to keep you informed of the latest arts news in South Dakota and in Washington, DC.

Arts South Dakota relies on your generous support to do our job. We are a grassroots organization that needs your help to fund operations, such as our recent work in Pierre. Our team was 100% focused on the advocacy efforts related to HB 1206, requiring multiple trips to Pierre and many extra hours of communication. Your gift today carries this mission forward. With your support we will be ready for action. No matter the amount, you are an important part of the team. Please consider supporting Arts South Dakota by clicking the donate button below. We need your help! 

Next we turn to the State Arts Conference, to be held in May, the first in more than 5 years. Watch for more information to be published soon.


Jim Speirs
Executive Director
605.252.5979 ext. 0


(January 17, 2018) Nominations for the Sioux Falls Awards in the Arts are now being accepted by the Sioux Falls Arts Council through February 12, 2018.

Held annually from 1999-2009 and bi-annually since 2012, this arts awards program is in for a few changes in 2018, starting with its name.

“We’ve opted to call this program the Sioux Falls Awards in the Arts rather than the Mayor’s Awards to keep the emphasis on the larger community nature of the awards and on the recipients,” says Kara Dirkson, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council. “At their heart, these awards are about bringing the community together to celebrate local achievements in the arts. The new name captures that sentiment,” continues Dirkson.

In addition to its new name, the Awards will also have a new category called the Innovative Project Award which will recognize a collaborative project that has allowed residents to experience the arts in a new way. It will also include a Forward Arts Award which is a re-tooling of its former Advocacy Award.

Nominations are being sought in the following categories:

INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR ARTISTS (Three individual awards in any arts discipline) Recognizes individual performing, music, visual or literary artists whose contributions have raised the bar in their artistic specialty, made an impact on the professional development of other artists or forged new paths in connecting their work to the community.


Honors an organization or business that has helped move education, creation or awareness of the arts forward in a meaningful way.                                       


Recognizes a project characterized by meaningful partnerships between or among private businesses, public bodies, individual artists, and organizations. This award seeks to recognize partnerships that created a new way for the community at large to experience the arts. 


Named for the first Executive Director of the South Dakota Arts Council and a long-time advocate and friend of the arts, this award honors an individual or organization that has demonstrated an enduring, long-term dedication to the arts.

The Awards ceremony and reception will be held Thursday, March 15 at Augustana University’s Humanities Center at 6 PM. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Please click here to access the nomination form and see a history of honorees. Email completed forms to For more information, call the Sioux Falls Arts Council at (605) 271-6696.