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39th Annual Artists of the Plains

Date: February 15 – February 17, 2019

Times: Friday: 5-9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 201 E. 8th Street, in downtown Sioux Falls

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

Now in its 39th year, the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale, sponsored by the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University, is a staple for art lovers from all over the region. The show will once again be held at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn, 201 E. 8th Street, Downtown Sioux Falls. The event is free and open to the public and Art Show attendees will enjoy free underground parking.

The artwork of more than 30 artists from across the region, including Augustana University students, will be on display and for sale. This one of a kind show provides a wonderful opportunity for the public to meet one-on-one with area artists and discuss their work, including both popular, well-established artists and remarkable up-and-coming artists you’ll be hearing about for years to come.

Artists invited to the 2019 show work in many different media — oil, acrylic, watercolor, 2-D/3-D mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and photography — and works will be available for sale at a variety of price points. There is something for everyone at the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale.

Hours are:

  • Friday, Feb. 15: 5-9 p.m. (premier showing and reception; awards ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 16: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb 17: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Center for Western Studies offers cash awards in the following categories: Two-Dimensional Best of Show ($200 first place and $100 second place) and Three-Dimensional Best of Show ($200 first place and $100 second place).

Artists who have been invited:

In addition to these artists, a number of Augustana University art students will be exhibiting and selling their work.

As a signature program of the Center for Western Studies, this show and sale is designed to educate the public about the cultural importance and variety of regional art and artists. The largest and longest running show if its kind in the region, Artists of the Plains is an annual highlight of the Center’s Art Program and Educational Exhibits, one of several programming areas supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event is a gift to the artists and collectors of the Northern Plains.

For further information, please contact Education Assistant Kristi Thomas at 605.274.4005.

Mayor TenHaken unveils City Hall art exhibits

Mayor Paul TenHaken and the Sioux Falls Arts Council introduced the first pieces of a rotating art exhibit on Friday.

The pieces will rotate every few months and will display works from artists across the region.

The mayor said the hope is to showcase the talented artisans who contribute so much to the community.

Artist Rodger Ellingson, whose painting called “The Band” was selected for the exhibit, said it was inspired by his son’s time in the Lincoln High School band.

“It’s one of my favorites, just because of the band connection, the State connection and just, I like it,” he said.

Artists interested in showcasing their art should contact the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

via KSFY. To view the video, click here.

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.