South Dakota Arts Council

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Aug 28, 2020

In The Moment … August 28, 2020 Show 891 Hour 1

Governor Noem is partnering with the South Dakota Arts Council to host the first South Dakota Governor’s Student Art Competition.

The statewide visual arts competition is intended to encourage creativity among the state’s students.

Governor Noem wants young artists to pursue their talents in South Dakota—a state famous for public art from Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse to the Faulkton grain elevator murals. Over the next few months, the South Dakota Arts Council will develop competition guidelines and send them to schools.

Artist Mentors Beadwork Apprentice

Jan 29, 2019
Chynna Lockett

Students can learn some artistic techniques in the classroom. But other skills and styles are  best learned from an expert. The South Dakota Arts Council has a grant for artists to learn from one another in a year-long apprenticeship. Two well known artists from the Black Hills recently teamed up to work on  Native American beadwork.


Molina Parker and Wade Patton unpack their beadwork tools from recent projects. They faun over each other's work and share stories about exciting finds.

Watercolor Artist Displays At Augustana

Dec 14, 2018

In The Moment ... December 14, 2018 Show 480 Hour 1

"Plain Views: Watercolors by Judy Thompson" is on display at Augustana University in the Madson/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building through February 11 at the Center for Western Studies.

Thompson's work is inspired by the ever-changing landscapes of South Dakota.  She has served as artist in residence through the National Park Service at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska, and at Badlands National Park in Interior, South Dakota.

Artists Use Collaboration Grant For Rapid City Mural

Oct 26, 2018

Two local artists used the Collaboration Grant through the South Dakota Arts Council to paint a mural and host reception in Rapid City. The piece is on the outside of the Racing Magpie Art Gallery and represents a creation story from Lakota culture.

Micheal Two Bulls is one of the artists responsible for the Racing Magpie mural. He creates two and three-dimensional art along with music. This event combines his interests and draws attention to other local artists.

First Peoples Fund

  The National Endowment for the Arts approved nearly 900 thousand dollars in grants for five South Dakota organizations. Some local groups received money for the first time to pursue work in education, performance and preservation work.




Artist Dick Termes

Apr 16, 2018
Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... April 16, 2018 Show 316 Hour 1

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of an artistic spark. You can cross the globe and find art lovers who celebrate the work of Dick Termes. He's the leading spherical artist in the world, widely known for his Termespheres.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 29, 2017 Show 265 Hour 2

Poets in the Watertown area have an invitation to gather on the first Friday of the month to discuss poetry. Lawrence Diggs is with us today. He's on the South Dakota Arts Council's roster for artists in schools and communities. He's active in the South Dakota State Poetry Society and edits their quarterly journal Four Quarters to a Section. He also founded the International Vinegar Museum and brought the book "Pros and Cons" to publication.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 15, 2017 Show 178 Hour 1

Jami Lynn is essential listening in South Dakota and beyond. With folk, jazz, and roots influences, she honors traditional music while creating her own unique sound. Jami Lynn joins us for live music and conversation.

Find more at:

See Jami Lynn live:

Saturday, September 16 at 1 p.m., Rhythm at the Rapids in Dell Rapids

Sunday the 17th, Strawbale Winery in Renner at 1 p.m.

See The Nesters live:

Augustana University

Art and poetry go hand in hand. Artist Nancy Losacker and and poet Norma Wilson show just how to combine the two creative outlets in their joint-exhibit and new written collection "Rivers, Wings, and Sky." The South Dakota Arts Council has supported the duo since 2008, displaying their work at galleries throughout the region. Their final exhibit is on display at Augustana’s Center for Western Studies until October 22. The two join Dakota Midday to discuss their partnership, their friendship, and how inspiration is shared and expanded through collaboration.

Dakota Midday: Deborah Mitchell's "Refuge" Exhibit

May 11, 2016

Artist Deborah Mitchell’s exhibition “Refuge” opens this weekend at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. It’s a meditation on refuge on a global and personal scale. Mitchell recently received a South Dakota Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship. She immersed herself in the beauty of the Black Hills, walking and drawing every day. She sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the refuge of work, the refuge of art, and the refuge of contemplation.

Olivier Demers is a founding member of Le Vent du Nord, a progressive folk band out of Québec. The group is in residence this week in Brookings, for Arts Midwest World Fest. 

Demers talks with Dakota Midday host about traditional music, the culture of Québec,  and how the referendum to claim sovereignty for Québec changed the course of his musical life.

Rebecca Cruse discusses the role of the South Dakota Arts Council ... how artists can apply for  grants, how grant money infuses the state with quality arts programming, and what state residents might not know about the Arts Council.