Rock Poster Artist To Speak in Rapid

Apr 20, 2015
Jay Ryan

An artist who uses animal caricatures to promote rock concerts is speaking in Rapid City this week.

Jay Ryan has been making small batches of screen printed posters to promote entertainment events for over 20 years.  He’s based in Chicago where he runs the a print shop named "The Bird Machine."

Ryan’s work has promoted mainstream bands from Pearl Jam to the Flaming Lips along with lesser known underground bands like Fugazi.  

Artist Renelle White Buffalo wants to communicate traditional symbols in a modern contemporary and abstract way. "I paint between the lines of what is expected as a Native American, in a pop-culture driven world, and abstract what I feel as a Lakota woman,” she says in her artist statement.

A recent study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that within five years, about three-quarters of released prisoners were re-arrested. Inmates face a myriad of difficulties once they come out of prison, not the least of which is trying to find a job.

Dakota Midday: Bad Art Press

Mar 5, 2015

South Dakota is well known for its Native Art. The success of businesses like Prairie Edge in downtown Rapid City is a good example. But what is the boundary between something that’s considered Native Art and something that is just art?

Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River

Feb 17, 2015
Courtesy Four Bands Community Fund

A Native American nonprofit organization plans to boost the economy of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation by promoting cultural tourism. The Four Bands Community Fund will implement a project to assist 100 Native Americans in building an art business by providing access to loan capital, equity injections, and professional development training.

Art Legacy Project

On Tuesday, February 17 at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, artists will share the stage with storytellers as they illustrate, in real time, stories as they unfold. It’s a part of a new, quarterly event called the Art Legacy Project. The purpose is to capture stories with the visual arts and remind us of the art we too easily take for granted in our everyday lives. Art Legacy Project organizer Peter Franz joined Dakota Midday.

A new initiative has been launched by a Native American non-profit on the Cheyenne River Reservation to help boost the local economy through cultural tourism. Over the next two years, Four Bands Community Fund will implement the “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River” project to assist artists in marketing their work. Tanya Fiddler, executive director of Four Bands, says that Cheyenne River offers unparalleled beauty and a rich cultural experience for visitors. She says the project will help people on the reservation to embrace that culture and think of it as an asset.

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra Turns 80

Dec 24, 2014
Courtesy Black Hills Symphony Orchestra

It’s Christmas Eve. Time for last-minute shopping, final gift-wrapping and 11th-hour preparations for celebrations that lie ahead. Through it all, we hear music – at home, at work, in shopping malls and even on the streets. And though popular standards by crooners from Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick may fill the air, traditional songs can also be heard – frequently played by symphony orchestras.

Giant Statue Planned For Missouri River Overlook

Dec 15, 2014

A 45-foot tall statue of a Lakota woman receiving a star quilt is planned for the Missouri River at Chamberlain.     The statue titled “Dignity” intends to honor Native people.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says the McKie family from the Black Hills is donating one million dollars to help fund the project.

“The monument will honor the heritage of our Native people and it will be something residents, tourists and  others to see as they travel on Interstate-90 and that’s thanks to the Norm McKie and Eunabel Mackie family,” says Daugaard  

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Oct. 2, 2014 - The much-anticipated South Dakota Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition, highlighting artists from across the state, opened this week at the South Dakota Art Museum. Of the 420 pieces submitted for the South Dakota Governor’s Sixth Biennial Art Exhibition, only 53 were selected for this traveling showcase of South Dakota artwork. The South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings has the privilege of being the first of five locations throughout the state to display these artworks, each created by artists living and working in South Dakota.

Jenny Braig Paintings Celebrate East And West River

Aug 26, 2014

South Dakota is celebrating 125 years of statehood. SDPB honors that milestone with stories that explore the state’s identity and heritage through unique ideas, people, and places.

In this edition of our series “Landscapes of South Dakota"  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray Speaks with Spearfish Artist Jenny Braig about her oil paintings that depict both the East and West sides of the state.

Photo by Jim Kent

A film festival called “Trading Stories: A Native American Film Festival” is designed to acknowledge the contributions of the Lakota people. It was held over the weekend at the Chadron Public Library.  The goal of the festival is also to highlight contemporary Native issues through the use of film.

Librarian Annette Peter says the idea for an annual Native American Film Festival has its roots in the relationship Chadron has with its neighboring community of Pine Ridge.

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.