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Let’s Celebrate Jordan Thornton’s Artist Residency

Landing an artist residency is a big deal. So when an artist does, it’s cause for celebration.

One of JAM’s favorite artists, Jordan Thornton, has “nailed” down her first artist residency!

It happens to be in Vermont, and there happen to be fees and costs that come along with that, so the Sioux Falls community has the awesome chance to help Jordan in her journey.

But before I get to that, here’s a little more information about Jordan.

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She’s a printmaker with a deeply-rooted love of nature, which you can easily see in her work. Handpulled and hand-printed woodcut prints, often displayed in shadowboxes (that she usually makes herself) are her forte.

Jordan describes her current work as having a focus “on plant imagery, primarily the roots. The visual part of these pieces is of the physical plant, while the thought behind the work focuses on our own roots: what holds us to a place, a person, a pursuit.”

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If that’s not enough info about her craft, check out our Inspired Interview of Jordan.

She’s been honing her craft for years. And she’s also been applying for residencies for years. And then the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT offered her an artist-in-residence spot for the upcoming month of August.

Here’s the catch: getting to Vermont isn’t free.

So that’s where you come in.

Jordan’s got a Kickstarter campaign that’ll cover the remainder of her residency fee and travel costs. But, most importantly, this campaign puts her art into the hands of the people investing in it.

To kick off the campaign, Coffea Downtown is hosting a launch party which doubles as the artist reception for Jordan’s three month show at Coffea. The party’s going down on May 6th from 6-8pm.

If you can’t be there to high five her and join the fun in person, you can still join the fun online:

Art Show Etiquette

When attending an art show, there’s a slight chance that you’ll walk through the door and be a little lost. There’s a lot of excitement, conversation, and usually loads of free beer. Mix that all together and it can get rather confusing. Do I try to compliment the artist and their work? Do I fix my gaze on the art and block out the rest?

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FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW: OCTOBER 2ND, 2015

It’s always hard to decide where to start with First Friday events and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. But, the Mad Hatter said that you should start at the beginning so I’m going to tell you how I wandered around on October’s First Friday (which was also the Art and Wine Walk).

So let’s get started.

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First Friday Review: August 7, 2015

August can be a bittersweet month. It’s summer, but school is creeping up in a matter of weeks. We’re wearing shorts and tank tops, but planning an autumn wardrobe. There’s no snow, but it’s so hot and humid that simply taking a shower seems fruitless most days. Thankfully, First Friday comes with beer, wine, snacks, and an intellectual feast of the artistic variety to cool us off as we jump into the end of summer.

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The Sioux Falls Design Center

Art goes far beyond the paintings on a gallery wall. We use the term ‘art’ to describe everything from Rembrandt to motorcycle maintenance. Likewise,  ‘design’ alludes to many different mediums. From the architecture that decorates our downtown streets to the layout on our computer screens and desks on which they sit, design brings ease and aesthetically appealing convenience to our everyday lives. 

Located on 11th, just off of the Phillips Avenue main drag, The Sioux Falls Design Center is a space that seeks to shed light on the importance of design in our everyday lives.  Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kellen Boice and chat a bit more about the Sioux Falls Design Center.

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Jordan: What is the Sioux Falls Design Center’s goal as a space and organization?

Kellen: The Sioux Falls Design Center’s main mission is to inform and engage the public on design in the community they live in. We do the with help from our sponsors by hosting events, where people can come in and learn about design.

Sioux_Falls_Design_Center_artJ: What are some of the events that the Design Center hosts?

K: The Sioux Falls Design Center is open every First Friday for an evening event. Generally it ties in with our DC Gallery and what we are exhibiting for that month, highlighting one of our SFDC Sponsors.

On a quarterly basis, we host an event called PechaKucha Night where we ask the public to sign up to give a presentation. Each presenter has 20 images that rotate every 20 seconds to talk, which comes out to six minutes and 40 seconds to talk about whatever they are passionate about. We always have an electric mix of topics ranging from “Swamp Thing: Collecting for a World Record” to “The gothic vault in the Digital Age” to “Being and Coffee.” This event happens during the First Fridays in March, June, September, and December, with the next one on September 5th.

Throughout each month we may host lectures, panel discussions, workshops, design charrettes, all of which are always free and open to the public. These events can be found on our website calendar and Facebook page.

SFDC_artJ: What is going on during the month of June at the Design Center?

K: June 13th,  from 11AM to 2PM, people can stop by SFDC and pick up some unofficial city flag of Sioux Falls swag.

Later in the month, on the 22nd from 6:30PM to 8PM, we will host a Design Charrette with Live Well Sioux Falls to come up with some designs for bike racks that will be placed around the city.

We will also be featuring an Emerging Artist in our DC Gallery, Klaire Pearson. Claire is pursuing her MFA at the University of South Dakota and has a very impressive collection called “Feminine Attempts.”

J: How can artists or designers reach out to exhibit at or become involved with the Sioux Falls Design Center?

K: Artists can submit to be one of our emerging artists by downloading an application from our website and send it to kellen@siouxfallsdesigncenter.org along with 5 to 8 images of their work. we also are looking for volunteers during events to help with taking photos, arranging chairs, and even drawing on the chalk boards.

Check out more about the Sioux Falls Design Center at www.siouxfallsdesigncenter.org or stop in to 108 West 11th Street in Sioux Falls Monday through Friday between 1PM and 6PM. 

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June 2015 First Friday Review

Hello, I’m Sharon! I’m filling in here on the JAM blog for the first time to do a Downtown Sioux Falls First Friday review for June 5th. I was able to make it to four different art receptions that evening, but there were many, many more than that going on. The weather was perfect and downtown was absolutely bustling and buzzing with people!
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My first stop was at the Sioux Falls Design Center for Pikachu Night. I mean, PechaKucha Night. PechaKucha isn’t nearly as mysterious as it sounds, though I still can’t pronounce it correctly. It’s a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds, while the speaker talks about the images as they go by.

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I made it just as the second speaker, Allyson Bousema, was starting. It was standing-room only and I could barely get in the door! Allyson was speaking about her new business, Prints & Repeat, a printing company focused on the unique needs of artists.

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MARCH 6 – FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW

I started my evening at the Sioux Falls Design Center for their PetchaKutcha Night. With an overflowing crowd settling in at 7PM for the speeches to begin, we were asked for four volunteers from the audience. These brave souls went on to narrate slides that popped up on the screen, each one unknown to the volunteer, and lasting 20 seconds long (coincidently the same amount of time per slide for the awaiting presenters). This activity serves as a warm-up for the room, and also gives the presenters that last boost of confidence; anyone can talk about something for 20 seconds. We can look at this activity in a broader sense, and take this as a lesson in interaction, and a nudge towards the need for open-mindedness. It’s important to keep an inquisitive attitude and a light-hearted approach when participating in community events such as this. Take an interest! Share your voice!

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JORDAN THORNTON – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

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Sometimes it takes leaving to really find out where you want to go, the direction you want to take. Memories become your most valuable possession, the strength of your home giving guidance to the unknown, and foundation to what you do. The traits we manifest take part in forming who we are. What we are drawn to. What we do. You may be able to alter your environment, but it never really leaves you. Jordan Thornton has embraced the embodiment, and is back in a familiar place. This printmaker captures motions from her everyday life, her surroundings, and presents them in an active and engaging way. Her work stretches beyond the frame, and guides its audience to do the same, to take notice of the intricacy of life directly in front of you.

Much like her work, Jordan seems to be constantly reaching further, pushing herself to stretch beyond obvious boundaries. Her work develops fluidly, almost instinctual. She is absorbed in her craft, and conscious of the beauty within her own world. Often we forget to simply pause, to breathe in a summer day, to look closer at the trunk of that tree, to even take a peek at your own self. One must not forget the obvious, as there is a reason it is right there in front of you. ~Amy

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