Artist Collects Dirt As Part Of Statehood Celebration

Jun 23, 2014
Charles Michael Ray, SDPB

This year South Dakota turns 125 years old.  One art project celebrating the state’s quasquicentennial incorporates dirt taken from each county in South Dakota and sixty-six bur oak trees set up for display at the state capitol. After being displayed at the capitol, the trees will be planted in the county that loaned the soil.  Altman Studeny is the Plankinton artist behind this project. He visited with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray as he traveled through Pennington County on his way around the state.

USD Hosts Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

Jun 17, 2014

In the 1960's, esteemed local artist Oscar Howe established a summer art institute particularly for Native American high school students to provide them with free art supplies and a chance to learn about Native culture, history and traditions. Though this only lasted a few years, the institute inspired the current form of the Oscar Howe Summer Arts Institute being hosted at the University of South Dakota from June 8-20. Keith Braveheart was a student of the OHSAI more than ten years ago, and he's now returned to the institute as an instructor.

Artists Discuss Last Week's Bike Tour

May 27, 2014
Karri Dieken and Michael Baum

Artists Karri Dieken and Michael Baum, both Black Hills State University graduates and adjunct art instructors, completed a five-day, 442-mile bike ride from Spearfish to Brookings last week.  Along the way they created a series of seismic drawings, a photographic journal and a video documentary.  Their work becomes part of a collaborative exhibit of 10 artist couples from around the United States.  Dieken and Baum are now completing their artwork to display in the Heart to Heart exhibition at the South Dakota State University Art Museum in January.

TAP Program In Rapid City

Apr 29, 2014

In the spirit of using art as a vehicle for change and growth, Masayuki Nagase and his wife, Michele Ku, are working with the Rapid City Arts Council, Rapid City Area Schools, Destination Rapid City and area artists to launch a Teaching Arts Program (TAP).  TAP will start its pilot program at Wilson and South Canyon elementary schools in Rapid City and at the Lakota Waldorf School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  TAP is modeled after an artists-in-schools program through the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, California.  TAP is being overseen by the Rapid City Arts Council's Arts E

Sculpture Project Call For Writers

Mar 27, 2014
Photo by Jim Kent

The Passage of Wind and Water Arts Collaborative is looking for writers to submit material for a choral poem about Rapid City’s Main Street Square sculpture project.

Lend your voice and become part of a community collaboration through written word. That’s the message being sent out to area writers who’d like to share their thoughts, ideas, observations, and reflections as inspired by the Badlands or The Passage of Wind and Water Sculpture Project. 

"Beyond Boundaries" Exhibit Opens Friday

Mar 6, 2014

The Dahl Arts Center is home to "Beyond Boundaries: Visions from the South Unit of Badlands National Park."  The collection of paintings, set in and around Badlands National Park, opens Friday and runs through May 3 in the Inez and Milton Shaver Gallery at the Dahl.  Created by artist Jessica L.

Arts Day At State Capitol

Feb 18, 2014

Today is Arts Day at the State Capitol in Pierre.  The annual event is sponsored by the advocacy group South Dakotans for the Arts.  Around 120 pieces of art created by students in every legislative district are featured on tote bags given to all state lawmakers, Governor Daugaard and other officials.  Secretary of Education Melody Schopp discussed the arts in South Dakota's schools.  She was joined by Winner High School teacher Karyl Clay and Winner High School Junior Samantha Simkins.

"Rivers, Wings and Sky"

Jan 23, 2014
University of South Dakota

"Rivers, Wings and Sky," an exhibition by poet Norma Wilson and artist Nancy Losacker, is on display through the spring semester at the I.D.

The Washington Pavilion Hosts Sudio 301

Oct 25, 2013

The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls is bringing 43 regional artists to the Visual Arts Center this weekend for the first annual Studio 301 event. Starting Saturday morning in the Everest Gallery the individuals will each create their own work of art from start to finish. Those attending can watch the artists and place bids on their pieces throughout the day followed by an auction that will open that night.

Experts And Artists Say Art Heals

Sep 27, 2013

The art in the Art of Healing is the music drifting throughout a hospital while you're waiting for the results of a biopsy.  It's also a shared experience through the words of a poet.  And it's even the pictures that hang on the wall and also how the building is designed. 

Photo by Jim Kent

Community members gathered at Rapid City’s Main Street Square to try their hand at ekphrasis: creating writing based on art. The subject was the Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project. The form of writing used was poetry.

It’s a beautiful autumn afternoon in Rapid City as a dozen poets sit next to the expansive Passage of Wind and Water sculpture; their minds and pens at the ready.

First Sculpture Project Stones Complete

Aug 21, 2013
Courtesy Main Street Square Sculpture Project

The first two stones sculpted in the Main Street Square “Passage of Wind and Water” art project have been completed and made accessible to the public. Work is set to begin on the next section of the largest privately funded public art project in the country. 

The protective barrier that enclosed the first stones sculpted by Masayuki Nagase has been removed. 

Project spokesperson Anna Huntington says this allows people complete access to the artist’s work.

FRAMED Exhibit Features Alive Art

Aug 8, 2013

On Saturday, from noon to 4:00 p.m., art will come alive during [FRAMED] at the Washington Pavilion. The Visual Arts Center will combine art, theater and dance to create [FRAMED] Living Art - a free, outdoor display of art history. The event will be held in the Nelson Amphitheater and Paladino-Holm Sculpture Garden at the Washington Pavilion. [FRAMED] Living Art will include seven different paintings put to life by 16 volunteers. Five frames will include individuals painted, dressed and posed as characters from famous paintings.

"Art Inside Out" Show At The Dahl

Aug 1, 2013

Pepper Massey, Executive Director of the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, and graffiti artist Tyler Read who is also the Arts Education co-director at the Dahl, visit about the "Art Inside Out" show this Saturday. As the name implies, this festival aims to reverse the ways we typically think about art. In order to accomplish this, the Rapid City Arts Council and Dahl will, for one fun-filled day, turn itself completely inside out, moving art from the quiet, reverent galleries inside the building, into the bright bustling streets of Rapid City.

Dahl Takes Art Into The Streets

Aug 1, 2013

The Dahl Arts Center in downtown Rapid City is taking art outside this weekend.
The Urban Art Festival at the Dahl called “Art Inside Out” encourages everyday citizens to get involved in the creative process.
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

RaVae Luckhart

Jun 20, 2013

The South Dakota Art Museum at South Dakota State University in Brookings is hosting an artist reception for RaVae Luckhart's "Brush, Color, Stroke" exhibit, Friday from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The exhibit is on display through September 15. Luckhart is a retired Professor of Art from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She travels extensively, painting her experiences as research for her studio work.

Artist Completes Sculpture Model

Jun 10, 2013
Courtesy of Masayuki Nagase

A plaster model for the country’s largest privately-funded public art project has been completed by the sculptor. The “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture at Rapid City’s Main Street Square is scheduled to begin taking shape next month.

Masayuki Nagase has completed a 1-inch to 1-foot scale model for the 21 granite stones he plans to carve at the center of Rapid City.

The artist says the model assists him in planning the sculpting process he’ll use on the actual stones.

Although Nagase has done considerable work on the model, he says it’s far from complete.

45 Years Of Art Celebrated At Red Cloud

May 28, 2013

The Red Cloud Indian Art Show on Pine Ridge is celebrating its 45th year with the opening of its annual exhibit this weekend. The show highlights the talents of Native American artists from around the country.   Mary Bordeaux is the curator of the Heritage Center at the Red Cloud School.   She says the exhibit and sale includes not only established artists like Don Montileaux  but also gives lesser known young artists a chance to show and sell their work.

Sculptor Brings Art To Rapid City Schools

May 24, 2013
Photo courtesy Caroline Stafford


Discussions about the need for and relevance of art education in the classroom have been ongoing over recent years as school districts continue to do battle with depleting budgets. Today we visit a high school art teacher and her students to learn just how important they feel art is – and ask their opinion on plans to broaden art education through Rapid City’s Main Street Square sculpture project.

"Plot" Opens At IPSO Gallery

May 2, 2013

"Plot," curated by Josh Johnson, opens Friday in the IPSO Gallery at Fresh Produce, an advertising and marketing agency in Sioux Falls.  Ted Heeren, owner of Fresh Produce and host of Rock Garden Tour, talked about "Plot," which features works by artists Greg Blair, Lauren Herzak-Bauman and Ying Zhu.

Graffiti Art Brings Hope To Reservation

Apr 12, 2013
Courtesy Lakota Voice Project

At a time when ever-changing values and varying beliefs are shifting what defines “good,” “tasteful” and “fine” – few areas are more impacted than the world of art. Today we visit a young Native American man to discuss the evolution of a creative form that was once only considered juvenile vandalism.

It’s a busy afternoon in the village of Pine Ridge. Cars regularly come and go at the local supermarket as two young men stand before a nearby building holding cans of spray paint.

Art Alley

Feb 25, 2013

Rapid City's Art Alley has some in the community saying there needs to be more control over what kind of art goes up.  Some say there is too much scribble and the alley has degenerated into unsightly graffiti.  But some artists see the space as incredibly positive.  Dan Seftner, President and CEO of Destination Rapid City, Pepper Massey and Tyler Read of the Dahl Arts Center and Rapid City business owner Dennis Halterman talked about Art Alley's future.

Artists Of The Plains Art Show/Sale

Feb 14, 2013

The artwork of 26 local and regional artists is on display Friday through Sunday at the 33rd annual Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale, sponsored by the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College.  The show is at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls.  Kristi Nelson, education assistant at the Center for Western Studies, said Augustana College art students will again be part of this year's show.  The event is free and open to the public.

"Light Of The Prairie"

Jan 30, 2013

"Light of the Prairie: Stained Glass in South Dakota" premiers Monday, February 4, at 8 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  Stained glass is a unique art form found in churches, public buildings and some unexpected places throughout South Dakota.  SDPB-TV producer Stephanie Rissler and Humanities Scholar and stained glass expert Barbara Johnson of Aberdeen talked about their statewide search for stained glass.

Old Dog's Photo Art Crosses Mediums

Jan 18, 2013
Photo by Ray Tysdal

Photography began as a somewhat mysterious science two centuries ago, used – primarily – to record images of individuals and events with a camera. Over the past 60 years, it’s evolved into an everyday means for the average person to capture those same images – and many more. Today we spend some time with a professional photographer and learns how the world of advanced technology is moving the art of his craft into a whole new frame.

Photography for me – like many - began with my first Kodak instamatic camera.

Duct Tape Art

Sep 26, 2012
Chris Laughery

A roomful of kids gathered in the downtown Rapid City Public Library Tuesday afternoon to make things out of duct tape. The class was part of an after-school program that allows teens and some pre-teens to get some hands-on artistic experience. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks visited the class to find out what’s the fascination with duct tape.