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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!

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase – through March 31! Go to and Amazon donates to Jam Art & Supplies.

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.

Artist leaves statewide legacy in stained glass

When Ken Bird died Jan. 6, South Dakota lost a master of his craft.

While you might not know his name, odds are good you’ve seen his work.

It’s at the Sanford surgical tower, where two prairie-style patterns alternate in a long bank of windows designed from motifs in the windows of Frank Lloyd Wright…

Stained glass art was an unplanned career for Bird, who grew up in Elk Point and survived polio as a child before graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Augustana and a master’s degree in counseling from USD.

He taught high school English, counseled students and directed school theater productions in Revillo and Lake Andes before moving to Rapid City in 1979. That’s where the teacher became a student, taking a stained glass class that changed his life.

In 1981, he moved to Sioux Falls and started Dakota Stained Glass, which is still in operation…

via To read the rest, click here.

Art Gallery To Host Alzheimer’s Benefit

First Friday in Downtown Sioux Falls will feature a special benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association. There are 5.5 million Americans living today with Alzheimer’s disease and every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed.

Each piece is being perfectly placed at Rehfeld’s Art and Framing before the big day on Friday. Art To Remember, an Alzheimer’s Benefit, is raising money for those who can’t.

“I watched my grandmother pass from this disease, I watched my dad struggle with his mom having to deal with this insidious disease and now he has contracted it himself,” Matthew Jorgenson, owner of Rehfeld’s Art and Framing, said.

Jorgenson’s personal connection to the disease helped him partner with the local Alzheimer’s chapter as well as artist Jerry Cook.

“This year again he has incredibly and very graciously donated another piece of artwork,” Jorgenson said.

No one will know what’s behind the drape until Friday night. And the gallery hopes to raise $5,000 from one piece.

“People don’t want to talk about it, people don’t want to know…

via KELO. To view more, click here.

7 Reasons to “Make Art Your Business”

The “Make Art Your Business” class series this January and February is still open for registration! The sessions, led by Claudia Dail, are designed to help artists learn business basics, and consequently make their art business a success.  Not sure exactly what “business basics” can help you with? Well, we’ve compiled a list of seven reasons why taking the classes would be a great start to the new year for you and your business. Take a look!

  1. It’s All About You! While each of the classes focus on you, the first session in particular is all about you; it focuses on your goals and vision for making your art a business. If you don’t know what your goals are just yet, don’t worry – that’s what the class is for. It will help you decide what you want your niche to be and how to set goals and reach them.
  2. Build Your Strengths, Strengthen Your Weaknesses. The classes also help you find your personal strengths and weaknesses in running a business. Knowing where you excel and where you need to focus more energy to succeed is an important skill to learn for this process, and builds on the goals you develop for yourself and your art.
  3. Confidence Building. Along with developing your goals and strengths, the workshops offer opportunities to hone your skills. Not your artistic skills (you’ve already got those!), but the skills you need to market yourself. 
  4. Safe Practice Space. As a business person, you’ll need to learn to pitch yourself and business. The workshop offers a place to practice and develop this pitch without too much pressure.
  5. Learn About the Sioux Falls Art Community. Since you’ll be learning to pitch yourself, you’ll need to know about the community you’re pitching to. That means learning about the Sioux Falls art scene and making connections with other artists. The classes offer both of these, and help you discover where and how to access your niche community.
  6. Build Relationships with Other Artists. Speaking of the Sioux Falls art community, attending the workshops will connect you with other artists. Connections are important, and building relationships with other people in the art community helps make those connections.
  7. Learn to Value Your Art Competitively. The last session in the series helps you learn how to put a price on your work. You’ll learn about perceived value and how to register your art, along with learning how to keep records and reports.

And finally, in Claudia’s own words:  “It is up to each individual to decide how engaged they want to be. Those who go for it come away with far more than what transpires in the classroom.”

What are you waiting for???

REGISTER HERE! Deadline is January 8. Space is limited.