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.
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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.
(January 17, 2018) Nominations for the Sioux Falls Awards in theArts 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.
FORWARD ARTS AWARD
Honors an organization or business that has helped move education, creation or awareness of the arts forward in a meaningful way.
INNOVATIVE PROJECT AWARD
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.
CHARLOTTE CARVER AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN 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 email@example.com. For more information, call the Sioux Falls Arts Council at (605) 271-6696.
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 Siouxfalls.business. To read the rest, click here.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Mary W. Sommervold Hall
April 28th will be a night to celebrate art in our community. The 57th Annual Arts Night Experience will have a new look and taste. View selected art in the exhibition, Ripple Effect: Arts Night 2018, January 27 – April 22, 2018 in the Everist Gallery.
The WALL is a series of small artworks hung on a single wall in the exhibition Ripple Effect: Arts Night 2018. Following the exhibition, the artworks will be displayed at The 2018 Arts Night Experience auction and gala on Saturday, April 28, where they will be sold as part of an online silent auction.
Thank you for choosing to have your artwork featured at the Avera Prairie Center. Please review the information regarding the procedures for accepted artwork into the Rotating Gallery.
– Artwork must be of appropriate content for our patients and family members that utilize our services. We aim to provide a calming, healing experience for our visitors and are sensitive to their current emotional well-being. With that in mind, we recommend images that are uplifting, inspiring, and thought provoking. We will not accept any artwork that has dark, negative themes or images that do not abide by our Christian heritage and ministry.
– It is encouraged to send samples of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– New installations of artwork will hang in the gallery for a three month rotation. The Artist is welcome to change out art if needed during that time frame. The Artist must also be willing to change out artwork if asked by staff from Avera.
– Installations are the first week in the quarter the Artist is featured. The Artist is responsible for installation and take down of artwork. If the Artist is unavailable during those times, arrangements can be made for drop off and retrieval of artwork.
– The Rotating Gallery’s 2018 schedule is: January-March, April-June,
July- September, and October-December.
– Artists are not provided any stipend for the use of their artwork. Avera will not reimburse any Artist for their expenses in producing the art works featured in the Rotating Gallery.
– Avera will provide reimbursement due to damages that might occur to artworks that are installed on the Walker Hanging System. Any artwork that is displayed on easels will be at the risk and expense to the Artist.
– The Artist is encouraged to provide a written statement about the artwork featured, and pamphlets, business cards, etc that viewers may take. The Prairie Center has thousands of visitors each month so this offers a great marketing opportunity.
– Avera does not receive a direct stipend for artwork sold while it has been in the Rotating Gallery. If an Artist chooses to donate proceeds from sold artwork, the Artist would need to contact the Avera McKennan Foundation. Donations should identify the Arts in Healing/Integrative Medicine program as the recipient of the donation.
– Please feel free to inform other Artists of this venue.
– All questions regarding the Rotating Gallery may be directed to Carol Rogers at email@example.com.
This First Friday had some special gallery events at Rehfeld’s, the Washington Pavilion, and Eastbank. Rehfeld’s and Eastbank each hosted a show that focused on smaller size with a variety of artist participants. If you’re looking for a smaller piece of art, this is the time to go get it! The Pavilion had two newer exhibits, plus the “South Dakota Governor’s 7th Biennial Art Exhibition.” These places are all showing a great variety of art this month, and each location has a wide array of different styles, materials, and conceptual art.
Drawn to the Darkroom
Heidi Draley McFallVisual Arts Center Jerstad Gallery (2nd Floor)
Opened October 21, Drawn to the Darkroom features photorealistic portraits of people in the throes of emotion. Starting with 35mm film, Draley McFall’s images start as photos, but are recreated as portraits with added layers of texture, a kind of homage to the imperfections of darkroom developing. All of the images on display are black and white, but striking.
The Tiramisu Diaries
Connie Herring Visual Arts Center Shultz Gallery (3rd Floor)
Guest artist Connie Herring is back at the Visual Arts Center showcasing a project 20 years in the making. The Tiramisu Diaries, in her words, is a project about friendship, eating together, and companionship. This is her fifth or sixth installation of the project, most of which were on a much larger scale. Connie makes her own paper, does the binding, and dyes the ribbons in coffee. The result is an almost tangible (but please don’t touch!) texture that leaps off the installation and into the minds of passerby. A photo collage of various places Herring and friends have eaten tiramisu accompanies the installation, and brings life to the stories she has to go with the project.
South Dakota Governor’s 7th Biennial Art Exhibition
Various Artists Visual Arts Center Everist Gallery (3rd Floor)
The Governor’s Biennial features an array of sculpture and canvas work with an impressive use of colors and subject matter. The whole gallery was filled with these pieces of art, and offered some surprises around the corners.
8×8 is exactly what it sounds like, a showcase of art 8 inches by 8 inches wide. Various artists, 8 to be exact, created small-scale paintings and mixed media on canvas to sell for $88. The wall that displayed these pieces already had several stickers marking sold paintings by the time I got there at 6:45. The other art around the room was by the same artists participating in 8×8 and perhaps a few others.
Eastbank’s size-driven show featured art approximately the size of a postcard from around 20 artists. Larger art was on display as well, but the postcards were the feature of the night. Artists were milling about and talking to patrons as they browsed through the carts. There was a little something for everyone in this show, ranging from wildlife portraits to caricaturish fantasy.
Art made for giving! 20+ artists, pieces $100 or less. All art is buy and go. Take what you want off the wall and give the gift of local art. The show and opportunity to purchase runs all month. There are paintings, jewerlry, sculpture, photography and more more more.