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Autumn 2017 Sharing our creative culture

On the cover:

Detail from “Hot Afternoon,” by Doris Symens Armstrong, oil on canvas. The painting is one of the new Art for State Buildings works chosen by the selection committee in collaboration with SDAC. Read more about the collection on page 8.

Autumn, 2017 Volume 20, Issue 1

Arts Alive South Dakota is published by Arts South Dakota PO Box 2496 Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2496 605-252-5979 Page 2

carved in stone Rapid City celebrates artistic vision

In a part of South Dakota surrounded by massive sculpture hewn by man and nature, a community has celebrated the completion of a work of art that is equally powerful and lasting. The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water, 21 large granite boulders artfully scattered through Rapid City’s Main Street Square and carved over five years by sculptor Masayuki Nagase, was presented as a gift to the community on September 23 and privately funded by Destination Rapid City and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. The ancient granite blocks that make up the project were integrated into the original design for Main Street Square, which opened in October 2011. The Square’s landscape architect, Deane Rundell, designated the granite pieces along Main Street the “Badlands Tapestry Garden” and the granite along Sixth Street the “Black Hills Tapestry Garden.” A selection committee of arts and community leaders chose Nagase from an international pool of 88 artists. Nagase—now called Yuki by his many friends in Rapid City— trained in Japan, is based in Berkeley and has had a long career as a stone sculptor and public artist. His abstract design for the project uses two major visual themes, wind for the Badlands Garden and water for the Black Hills Garden, and explores a vast expanse of the region’s history of continuous and often rapid transformation. Using traditional stone carving tools, Nagase began work at Main Street Square July 1, 2013. But throughout the process of creating Passage of Wind and Water, the emerging sculpture was only part of the creative activity surrounding the project. “Yuki’s subtle but powerful vision for the granite sculpture project is inclusive of the entire community,” said Dan Senftner, President, Destination Rapid City. “Everyone will be able to find their Sculptor Masayuki Nagase story in Yuki’s work and the sculpture will become part of Rapid City’s legacy for years to come.” Nagase met with over 600 people throughout the Black Hills and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in small-group community design workshops as part of his creative process. Integrated throughout the reliefs of the spires are animal footprints and human handprints collected from over 150 people, from children to elders, during the annual Gathering of Arts and Culture Native art festival in Main Street Square. The Teaching Artists Program (TAP) is a community outreach partnership between Passage of Wind and Water and the Rapid City Arts Council that develops advocacy and support for arts education by strengthening the connection between Rapid City’s arts community, the education community and the community as a whole. More than 500 school and university students have used the dual-aligned Field Trip Curriculum tied to The Sculpture Project. Over 4,000 students across South Dakota have used lessons from Passage to Schools, 14 downloadable lessons for grades K-12 developed by Rapid City art teacher Gabrielle Seeley, who also led a Teacher Learning Circle for middle and high school teachers. “Students of all ages have shown growth in their cultural knowledge, in their writing skills and in their engagement with text,” Seeley said. “The writing these kids produce shows that public art enlivens learning! Several school districts are making Passage to Schools part of their curriculum for this school year, so the learning inspired by Yuki’s work will live on and grow.” Rapid City modern dance instructor and choreographer Sara Olivier teamed up with filmmaker Randal Iverson, South Dakota State University professor and poet Christine Nunoz Stewart, musician Brian Akipa and local dance students to develop Echoing Passages, a cross-disciplinary collaboration inspired by The Sculpture Project. The collaboration created original dance, film and poetry, and successfully staged a free cross-artistic performance in the Historic Theater at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City.

“The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water” in downtown Rapid City. Photos courtesy of Main Street Square.

The Sculpture Project also inspired Native POP: People of the Plains, A Gathering of Arts and Culture, an annual Native art market and cultural celebration in the heart of downtown Rapid City on the third weekend of July. The Gathering showcases work by established and emerging Great Plains Native artists and promotes intercultural dialogue through demonstrations by tribal members of traditional crafts and performances of all types. In addition, over 30 South Dakota visual artists created original work inspired by Nagase’s carvings for an exhibit at Prairie Edge Gallery in Rapid City in fall 2014. The monumental public art has attracted people to Main Street Square since the placement of the great granite blocks in 2011. Visitors just in the past year total over 600,000, and 350 community members and visitors attended artist’s talks and Nagase’s farewell gathering at Main Street Square. The Sculpture Project has energized the Rapid City arts community and symbolizes the power of public sculpture to bring people together. Nagase has stressed from the beginning that his work is an expression of the unique spirit of Rapid City. “It has been an incredible experience to live and work in this diverse community,” Nagase said. “I feel honored and touched by everyone’s support and their openness to me.” Now that the creative process is complete, The Sculpture Project helps to make Rapid City even more of a destination. Equally important, according to Rapid City Arts Council executive director Pepper Massey, is what the project says about her community’s commitment to art and its power in our society. “The Sculpture Project was always about more than sculpture,” she said. “Passage of Wind and Water is a lasting tribute to people of all cultures who shared their visions of our past, our future and our unique geography in ways that brought us all closer. That experience—and that community spirit—are carved into the granite blocks in Main Street Square and will endure.” For more information on Main Street Square and Passage of Wind and Water, visit

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Artist Fellows Arts Council awards fellowships to five South Dakota artists ach year the South Dakota Arts Council selects a group of South Dakota artists to receive the Artist Fellowship grant rewarding individual artistic excellence. The $5,000 fellowships, awarded following an extensive review by a judging panel, reflect the variety and quality of art being produced in South Dakota. For FY2018, five artists were selected as Fellows. Singer-songwriter Jami Lynn Olson’s fellowship will support the recording artist’s foray into a new musical genre, along with opportunities for collaboration. Olson’s jazz album Sparse, recorded with the Sioux Falls-based JAS Quintet, was released October 6. She plans a new collaborative work, Dakota Duets, which will feature musicians of various genres from every corner of the state on single tracks. Poet Anne Pierson Wiese, having just completed her second collection, Nature’s Teeth, which considers the element of time and how we, as humans, exist within our perceptions of time, will work on a third collection, a volume that will be personally and artistically informed by her relocation from New York City to Sioux Falls. Zachary Michael DeBoer is an artist/gallery owner/community builder who seeks to build a stronger arts community in Sioux Falls through a variety of projects and events. Exposure Gallery & Studios was created to give a voice and a wall to emerging, young or underrepresented artists in the region and reflects DeBoer’s passion for urban design and civic engagement. Painter Mark A. Zimmerman plans to use his fellowship to advance his aesthetic ideas and produce quantities of quality work. He keenly feels a responsibility to represent the Great Plains and the Black Hills in his own visual idiom and to speak for these uniquely open and spacious places. Cable Hardin is working on an animated film project, tentatively called “Beebox,” featuring an innovative approach to animation in which the image is placed directly on an object rather than drawn on paper or created in animation software. The film’s inspiration is Hardin’s work with entomologists and agro-ecologists at Blue Dasher Farm, an experimental research farm in eastern South Dakota that works with honeybees. In upcoming issues of Arts Alive we will feature conversations with all five of this year’s Fellows beginning with Anne Pierson Wiese in this issue. You will find more on each of these South Dakota artists at

Cable Hardin

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Mark Zimmerman

Jami Lynn Olson

Anne Pierson Wiese

Zachary Michael DeBoer

Photo by Christian Begeman


A CONVERSATION with Anne Pierson Wiese, 2018 Artist Fellow Arts Alive: How has a lifetime of writing poetry shaped you as an artist? As a person?

Anne Pierson Wiese: Although writing poetry has always been

my mainspring, it took longer than I imagined, when first starting out, to reach the point at which I was able to wrangle my inner visions, in my own voice, onto the page in a way that felt accurate to me. For me, a poem starts when an emotion and an image get stuck together with a particular, piercing significance that I can’t adequately explain, but always recognize immediately (sometimes in inconvenient places like the subway, on a street corner, in a traffic jam, at a restaurant). This still-mysterious conjunction occurs in an instant, much like a rock tossed from nowhere into a pond, after which begins the work of watching and recording the widening circles that spread from this present, but self-erasing, center in order to move toward some poetic rendering of the ideas at stake. And so living as a poet has turned me into a fanatical gazer: both outward and inward.

What will this fellowship allow you to explore as a poet?

I should mention, here, that my relocation from New York City to Sioux Falls was a leap of love and faith, not a “career” opportunity for either myself or my husband. Because we have no children and only ourselves to please, we gave up salaried jobs in New York to embark upon this adventure together, and so we find ourselves, like many artists, doing a creative shuffle where finances are concerned. In a writer’s life, a well-timed fellowship can make a world of difference! In sum, the monetary part of the fellowship will be of great practical aid at this juncture, while the honor of being chosen for a South Dakota literary award represents tremendous spiritual

Middle Distance In the church, midweek at noon, there is a middle distance between the piercing blue window of pure belief and the bone vault housing my heart’s disbelief, a dim yielding distance related to my prayer: another day’s delay before you are nowhere — for death fixes all distances like a new nail. —Anne Pierson Wiese “Middle Distance” was originally published by Ploughshares, Boston, MA

encouragement as I forge ahead with working and living here in what I still think of as writer Frederick Manfred’s “Siouxland.”

How have the geographic changes you’ve made shaped your poetry?

I was born in Minneapolis, but my parents, who are originally from this area of the country, moved to New York City when I was a baby, and thus I grew up in Brooklyn, and lived there for many years as an adult. While my life as a resident of New York City was wonderful in many ways, and provided infinite artistic fodder, I never let go of the notion that some day—some day—I would follow my heart to the region where I was born. And as it became increasingly apparent to me that I am a poet of place—most likely to make poems in response to my immediate surroundings—I was also very eager to see what effect relocation from New York City to South Dakota would have upon my writing. In 2014, I was able to make my dream a reality, and I am now living and creating in Sioux Falls, where for the first time in my life I have a house and a yard! So I’ve found myself making poems about all the stuff that goes on in my house and yard—poems about birds and worms and the furnace.

Where does Anne Pierson Wiese go from here as an artist and a writer?

I continue. Every poem is different and for each one you have to start all over again. It’s Sisyphean and nerve-wracking and frequently uncomfortable. I spend most of my time thinking I’ve flubbed everything. But, as Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope wrote, “It’s dogged as does it,” and all writers, I think, keep working for those rare, wholly fleeting moments in which you know that you didn’t flub it—you got it. With my poems, I hope to give to readers a renewed relish for the moment-by-moment richness that is to be found in even the most mundane aspects of life. I am challenged daily to discover grief and glee hidden in plain sight.

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A creative home for our veterans Connecting South Dakota’s veterans to arts opportunities

By South Dakota Lt. Governor Matt Michels

South Dakota has always stepped forward in defense of our nation, with a high percentage of our population volunteering for all branches of military service. As a result, our state has a wealth of veterans, proud representatives of each generation that has served. Those honorable veterans have stories to tell—and South Dakota has a rich and vibrant creative sector to help them share their knowledge, their experience and their patriotism. I have been honored this year by being selected as chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville, TN. As chair, I am privileged to determine the group’s initiative for the coming year. I believe the time is right to focus on connecting veterans with opportunities in the arts—and South Dakota can lead the way with an innovative program already in the planning stages. In partnership with the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office is working to design comprehensive arts residency programming for the State Veterans Home and community of Hot Springs. We will also be working with Americans for the Arts, a national arts advocacy organization, and planning exciting new ways to engage South Dakota artists, students and other communities in connecting veterans to creative expressions of their service. We’ve already developed a concept for the program, and partnership meetings and conversations are underway to develop and implement specific projects centered on the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. You’ll be hearing much more about this initiative in coming months, and all the partners are excited about making this wonderful investment to help our state’s veterans share and celebrate their stories. The arts are an essential element in the daily lives of our state’s citizens. Involving our creative community in honoring and remembering South Dakota’s veterans brings us all closer together and spotlights these remarkable men and women.

The Michael J. Fitzmaurice South Dakota Veterans Home in Hot Springs. For a video link to this project, go to

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Parker High School wins $50,000 in Vans contest

With 3,000 schools competing from all over the U.S., South Dakota’s Parker High School topped them all this year, winning the $50,000 first prize in the eighth annual Vans Custom Culture art competition. This is the fourth year students from Parker have competed, three of which they scored in the top three. “The first year we entered the contest I chose the freshman class to try it out,” remembers Dave Fuller, Parker coach and art teacher. “We didn’t know what to expect but we came up with some really good ideas. So most of the students were very young and we made it to the finals in New York City. We ended up finishing third and winning $14,000. It was such an amazing time that it didn’t take too much motivation the next year.” Vans hosted this year’s top five final high schools on an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for a week-long schedule of activities and celebration. The final event was held June 7 at the H.D. Buttercup Loft in the downtown arts district. The winning custom shoe designs were judged on the criteria of overall creativity, relevance to the theme and execution. The event was live streamed on Facebook so families and fellow classmates across the country could join in the celebration. “I had some really good seniors this go-around and they are really talented.” Fuller said. “By the time the contest rolled around we had our designs ready. Making it to the finals and winning it all was special for the seniors who started it all when they were freshmen. Now that we won our school is not eligible to enter again but winning the $50,000 eases the pain.” The process starts each year with four pairs of Vans shoes, shipped to each participating school. From there, it’s all about creativity and the imagination of students. “Our shoes had some things that no other schools had,” Fuller said. “We made low top canvas shoes into leather steampunk boots. We made high tops into roller skates. We made shoes into knee high boots. I teach craftsmanship and try to make students do their best.”

Fuller said that determining how to spend the prize money has not been an easy decision. “I want to spend it right and get the most benefit from it,” he said. “I have had thoughts of adding another room on next to my current room to do video, photography and other things that I can’t fit in my existing space. Our administration, business manager and community have been very supportive. Overall we have won $68,000 in the Vans contests.” Having the prize money to boost the Parker art program is just part of the impact of this competition, Fuller said. He points with pride to his winning students and the life lessons they racked up. “One lesson that I hope they learned is that you don’t have to live on the east coast or west coast to be creative,” Fuller said. “I told our students that we can be as creative as anyone in the country. I also think they learned that if you plan well, be creative and work together, you can accomplish anything. They gained confidence and had pride in what they accomplished.” For more information on the Vans Custom Culture contest, visit

Parker’s winning Vans.

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New works by South Dakota artists added to public collection “The people of South Dakota deserve to see the work of our best artists in public places where they are accessible to all,” said Patrick Baker, executive director of the South Dakota Arts Council. “That is the philosophy and the driving force behind the state’s Art for State Buildings collection.” Thirteen artworks created by nine South Dakota artists were purchased this year through the Art for State Buildings Program for inclusion in the State’s permanent art collection. These works, along with art previously selected for the collection, have been installed in the Capitol Building, public areas of the Governor’s residence, and other meeting and conference rooms throughout the Capitol Complex. “These artworks can be an inspiration to the next generation of artists, as well as a celebration of those things that make us South Dakotans,” Baker said. “Growing this collection is a way of spotlighting the tremendous creative talent we have in our

state and sharing that with citizens and visitors alike.” This year’s acquisitions include work by photographers Kevin Aker and Pat Hansen, along with paintings by Dede Farrar, Susan Hartenhoff, Karen Kinder, Jessie Rasche, Jane Stimpson, Doris Symens Armstrong and Judy Thompson. Kevin Aker is a Rapid City photographer whose work has also been shown at the First Lady’s Prairie Art Showcase and in private and public collections around South Dakota. “From the sky and the serenity or turmoil it produces to the wildlife and scenic landscapes of the Earth, I try to capture a moment in time to remember forever,” Aker said. Providing access to art that is uplifting, thought provoking and educational is a major goal for painter Dede Farrar. The Rapid City counselor grew up in a family of artists and began painting in college. Her

“Cowboy’s Prayer” photography, by Pat Hansen.

richly textured paintings focus on pets, wildlife and rural animals. “Our animal friends share an important place in the world as companions and workers,” she said. “Their vitality reflects human stewardship of the environment.” Yankton photographer Pat Hansen’s work is displayed in a wide variety of public spaces around South Dakota, including several of the Avera hospitals and the Sanford Fargo Medical Center. “My goal is not to take photos,” he said, “it is to create doorways that invite the viewer to step into the photo and sense the awe of the Milky Way over a sunflower field in full bloom, feel the tension of a cowboy praying for a safe ride on a bucking bull or follow a path into the wonder of a frosty, fast-melting world.” Susan Hartenhoff has been a professional artist for 30 years, with a portfolio of work included in collections around the world, including 23 original works of art at Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal. Now

Jessie Rasche’s “My Wild Heart,” oil on canvas.

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living in Garretson, her return to her native state has proved an inspiration to her art. “The colors of the sky and land reflect the palette of South Dakota as well as the diversity of the land and people across the state,” she said. Brookings resident Karen Kinder was South Dakota’s Art Educator of the Year in 2011 and has been chosen to display her work in several SD Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibitions traveling the state. She has had solo shows in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Yankton, Madison and Mitchell and several group exhibitions. “The South Dakota landscape has a simple, sometimes hidden, beauty that may take some time and patience to discover,” Kinder said. “I like to put that on canvas and put it in front of viewers, inviting them to look and drink it in.” The landscape paintings of Brookings artist Jessie Lee Rasche have been shown in galleries in South Dakota, Minnesota, Washington, California and Kansas and in homes from Florida to Washington as well as Canada and Ireland. Her work is also on public display at the Edith Sanford Breast Center in Sioux Falls. “I try to capture the unique beauty of the South Dakota landscape and the feeling “Our Daily Bread,” acrylic, by Jane Stimpson.

Judy Thompson’s “Prairie Edge,” watercolor and India ink on paper.

of a specific moment and place,” she said. “Standing at a distance from one of my paintings, viewers will experience a well-rendered and soothing painting—but walk up close and see an exciting, energetic painting [with] broad brush strokes and pallet knife marks to make a painting interesting to look at for years.” Jane Stimpson is an artist from Yankton who works in acrylics and oils to create paintings authentic to South Dakota’s scenery and culture. Her work was included in Yankton’s Mead Building project, a fundraiser to save the landmark site. “I grew up on a small farm south of Aron and Wagner,” Stimpson said. “I always wanted to be an artist, so I taught myself from library information and books I bought. I work to be authentic in my paintings and use our South Dakota scenery and culture.” Watertown painter Doris Symens Armstrong has been a regular winner in the annual Dakota MasterWorks art competitions, both in two- and threedimensional work. She has staged solo shows in Brookings and Sioux Falls and has painted commissioned works for collections in Texas and South Dakota. “Having been born and raised in northeastern South Dakota, I became aware at an early age of the vastness of the landscape,” she said. “I believe that if I can get people to look at my paintings...and appreciate the beauty of that area, they

will be more inclined to transfer that appreciation to the whole landscape and see the beauty in it.” South Dakota Arts Council residency artist Judy Thompson is perhaps best known for her cover paintings for the recent South Dakota Historical Society Press books on Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has exhibited extensively in shows throughout southeastern South Dakota and northwest Iowa, in addition to her work for publications that include Family Living and Nebraska Life magazines. “I paint the timeless prairie landscape— America’s Heartland,” Thompson said. “Composed of unique viewpoints and narrative imagery, my paintings explore the use of line and shape throughout their composition.” The Art for State Buildings Program was established by the SD Legislature to recognize and build a significant collection of South Dakota artists, and to make their work available for public enjoyment. The program is managed and maintained by the South Dakota Arts Council, with additional artwork added to the collection each fiscal year. A complete list and photographs of the entire collection—along with the buildings where they can be viewed—are available on the South Dakota Arts Council website,

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Artists selected for First Lady’s Prairie Art Showcase

2017 Prairie Art Showcase Artists:

South Dakota First Lady Linda Daugaard announced that 27 South Dakota artists will showcase their talent at the Prairie Art Showcase, scheduled this year for October 27-28 in Pierre. The event is held in conjunction with the annual Governor’s Invitational Pheasant Hunt. “Art plays such a vital role in our state’s history,” Daugaard said. “I invite all to attend this year’s Art Showcase and view South Dakota talent on display. From jewelry and pottery to photography and painting, there is something for everyone.” The First Lady’s Prairie Art Showcase is open for public viewing on Saturday, October 28, from 10 am to 4 pm. The 27 artists selected for the Showcase, who are listed at right, submitted an incredibly diverse range of artistic media. For additional information about the First Lady’s Prairie Art Showcase or the Invitational Pheasant Hunt, contact Kate Vandel with the South Dakota Arts Council at 605-773-3301 or

Kevin Aker Mark S. Anderson Bryan Bortnem Pat Brown Deb Burckhard Frank Denton Russ Duerksen Martin Hallock Pat Hansen David Harding Chickie Harristhal Dave Huebner Julie Kingery-Conner Lorie Luers Earlene McNeil Larson Teri McTighe Linda Meyer Pamela Olson Adam Oswald Dawn Rasmussen Linda Roesch Cristen J. Roghair James Schoon Joshua Spies Doris Symens Armstrong Judy Thompson Larry Wold

At right, “Reflections,” by Russ Duerksen.

Weathered Center for Western Studies shows prairie landscapes

“Frieze” by Sylvia M. Lambert.

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The diverse expanse of the Northern Plains landscape provides beautiful vistas that inspire some of the region’s most remarkable artists to capture its wonder in their work. Lush verdant pastures exist inexplicably alongside dramatic arid buttes. Each is shaped by a force as timeless as the land itself: weather. Water, wind and fire shaped this great land and continues to shape it to this day. Tornadoes, drought, floods and wildfires lend credence to South Dakota’s motto: the land of infinite variety. The Center for Western Studies celebrates the natural forces of the prairie in Weathered: The Northern Plains Landscape as Shaped by the Elements. Curated by CWS education assistant Kristi Thomas, the exhibit features 22 regional artists who visually comment on Northern Plains weather. An interview about the show with participating artist Cristen J. Roghair and Thomas on South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s In the Moment program is available online at Weathered runs through October 27, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Monday-Friday, 8 to 5, and the first Saturday of the month from 10 to 2, in the Madsen/Nelson/ Elmen Galleries of the Center’s Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls. For more information, go to

ou’d probably think that nothing This year’s sculptors were Anna much happens in a small town Achtziger, Jared and Nicole Davis, Jim like Hill City. After all, we have a Green, Becky Grismer, Martin Hallock, population of less than 1,000 and Fritz Hoppe, Raymond Huck, Stuart many businesses close after Labor Day. Hurd, William Hugh Jennings, Scott Let me tell you what the Hill City Arts Luken, James G. Moore, Raj Paul, Council (HCAC) has been doing to bring Stephen Pratt, Andy Roltgen, Wayne arts experiences (and a little excitement) Salge, Jeff Schaezle, Hunter Smith, to the people of our community. Travis Sorenson, Eric Sutton and Mary We kicked off 2017 with Open Tanner. Best of Show awards went to Stage, our winter music showcase, in Wayne Salge, Johnstown, CO, first January, February and March. The place; Jared and Nicole Davis, Crawford, spacious new venue at High Country CO, second place, and Anna Achtziger, Guest Ranch encouraged recordSundance, WY, third place. People’s setting audiences and numbers of Choice awards were given to Stuart performers, with 35 acts signed up for Hurd, Priest River, ID; Martin Hallock, the final night alone. This year’s “Steve Fort Pierre, SD, and Travis Sorenson, Thorpe Award” and bronze harmonica Belle Fourche, SD. Eleven local went to musician Kim Plender for her merchants participated in a Food efforts to recruit other musicians, Sculpture competition, with entries participate in every Open Stage this comprised only of food or cooking season and support the live music utensils. The judges awarded first By Liz Carlson Jones, Hill City Arts Council scene in our local area. place to Insideout for their flower The audiences were generous and garden cake, which was eaten in their donations, along with an anonymous gift and the Jim Peterson celebration at the end of the show. Memorial Scholarship, allowed HCAC to award a record number of Our newest event was the Hill City Quilt Show. HCAC partnered scholarships to college-bound students this year. Donations also with the Quilt Show Committee to bring this 18th annual celebration provided grants to the Hill City School Bands, Hill City School Choirs, of fabric arts to Hill City the weekend of September 9 and 10 on and the Boys and Girls Club to encourage the arts and creative Main Street and at the school gyms. The show was highlighted by programming. Arts in education is important to our mission, and in demonstrations, vendors, a youth educational activity and more addition to awarding grants and scholarships, we strive to include a than 200 unique quilts. Saturday night featured a Bed-Turning & program for youth in each Hill City Arts Council event. Supper with special quilts and stories. Sunday afternoon, the SDPB In June we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Sculpture in the documentary “Patchwork of the Prairie: Quilts of South Dakota” Hills, our signature event. This juried show, held the last weekend in was premiered. Our 2017 Featured Artist, Marilyn Hoelscher, June, offers “big city” art in a small town setting that is supportive displayed her award-winning quilts throughout the weekend. of its artists, many of whom return annually. This year, 20 artists Visit the Hill City Arts Council’s website at, or and over 3,000 visitors met in the big white tent on Main Street for call 605-574-2810 for more information on what’s happening in the weekend-long celebration. Special guest and South Dakota Hill City, or to become a member of the Hill City Arts Council. Artist Laureate Dale Lamphere presented “Dignity: From Concept Help boost the creative economy by supporting and attending our to Installation” to a standing-room-only crowd at Warrior’s Work events and see why our motto is “Small Town, Big Art!” Gallery. The scale model for this monumental sculpture was on display at the show throughout the weekend. Above, a hands-on kids art program event in Hill City. Below, musicians jam


Small town has a year of big art

during Open Stage, the winter music showcase. Photos by Jukka Huhtiniemi.

A platform for a powerful voice “I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen, and so I swung into action and wrote a poem.”

I remember performing my poem once for my peers in the South Dakota Honor Choir during their talent show. I was —“Mingus at The Showplace” absolutely terrified to share my by William Matthews words with them (I actually backed right into a wall on my way out because I was so overwhelmed), but I did it The first lines of Matthews’ because I genuinely loved the poem truly resonated with me words that went into this when I first read it, though at poem, and I genuinely felt that first I couldn’t identify why. On I had something worth hearing the surface, the poem itself is in the notes section of my a light-hearted account of a phone. On stage in the middle young teenager attempting to of my poem during a pause, a find a way to express his voice. girl let out one audible sob The humor is dry, the right before the last lines of characterization is vivid, and By Madison Lukomski, the poem. Later she came up the storyline unpredictable— South Dakota Poetry Out Loud winner 2016 and 2017 to me and told me that her and as a moody 17-year-old, Reprinted with permission from the Americans for the Arts arts education blog mother was in the hospital I was hooked on every word! and had been in a coma for It was so beautiful to me— some time. She told me that every word I spoke resonated with that a 17-year-old boy in the poem could experience intense emotion her, related to her on a level neither one of us could understand. and feel moved enough to share his poetry with “genius” Mingus, as That singular experience—to be told that something that you he says. He was miserable, but he didn’t keep his misery locked away. had CREATED touched someone enough to make them cry… feel When I was seventeen, my father suddenly had a heart attack comforted… feel not so alone… was one of the most incredible and passed away on Christmas Eve. There was really no outlet for things that has ever happened to me. Before Poetry Out Loud gave my pain; most people didn’t feel comfortable talking to me and my me the platform to create my story and share it, sister, and no one felt comfortable doing I felt like I was in a dark and lonely place. Even anything to help us. The effect was extremely before my father died, my voice was lost. isolating—people would merely stare and Poetry Out Loud I consistently talk about all of the things whisper. I had never felt so alone. gave me a link that having that platform has done for me, I had never written poetry before, but there to connect to others but there are no words that can truly express was an opportunity through Poetry Out Loud with. It gave me my gratitude. for me to create a poem and submit it for a the empowerment Poetry Out Loud gave me a link to connect supplementary competition. I had such a deep to confidently and to others with. It gave me the empowerment to love for poetry at this point, and I felt like this unapologetically exist. confidently and unapologetically exist. It let me opportunity deserved exploring. So, I did it. It let me speak speak with my own voice. I will never, in my Five drafts of work yielded “My Sleeves,” a with my own voice. entire life, forget this organization and all of the poetic tribute to my father, in a way. —Maddie Lukomski people who created it. Without it, I solidly feel That poem ended up getting first place in as though I would still be lost. I would feel as the nation in the Poetry Ourselves competition. though my thoughts were not worth sharing, The entire experience was humbling. Every that my existence STILL had to be apologized for. I owe everything time I shared my poem in person with others, they showed to Poetry Out Loud and I owe everything to art. genuine appreciation for having experienced what I had worked so I will be forever thankful for my journey thus far, and forever extremely hard to put into words. This poem, this verbalization of eager for whatever is to come; and I can thank my poetry for the most intense and horrible and painful emotions I had ever instilling that in me. experienced, became my way of honoring my father. Photo by James Kegley


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REDCAN 2017 RedCan photos are by Richard Steinberger.

or a colorful take on the annual RedCan Graffiti Jam sponsored by the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) in and around Eagle Butte, check out the nine-minute documentary posted on the CRYP YouTube channel. The mini-documentary introduces viewers to CRYP, RedCan, this year’s featured artists and the Cheyenne River community. It also provides an opportunity to meet some of Cheyenne River’s young people who appear in the video. Americans for the Arts recently presented the 2017 Robert E. Gard award to the Cheyenne River Youth Project for RedCan. CRYP was one of just ten finalists for the award, which celebrates exemplary work at the intersection of the arts and community life. “We’re deeply honored that Americans for the Arts chose RedCan for this year’s award,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive


documentary takes you inside award-winning program director. “When we created RedCan two years ago, we knew that graffiti and street art resonated with our youth; through art, we wanted to provide them with new tools to explore their identity, share their stories, and find their unique voices.” CRYP also has announced the dates for its 2018 RedCan Graffiti Jam. The fourth annual event will take place June 27 through July 1, 2018, with painting scheduled at various sites in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and around the city of Eagle Butte. The 2017 RedCan mini-documentary is available to the public on the youth project’s YouTube channel and through its Facebook community. To stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook (/LakotaYouth), Twitter (@LakotaYouth) and Instagram (@waniyetuwowapi).

Hitting the high notes Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

Board of Directors

Brian Bonde, Sioux Falls Stacy Braun, Aberdeen Janet Brown, Sioux Falls Richard “Dick” Brown, Custer Brian Hildebrant, Brookings Senator Troy Heinert, Mission Dr. Craig Howe, Martin Katie Hunhoff, Yankton Dale Lamphere, Sturgis Ellen Lee, Pierre Katrina Lehr-McKinney, Sioux Falls


Jim Speirs, Executive Director Shari Kosel, Programs and Communications Director PO Box 2496, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2496 Phone: 605-252-5979 Email:, or Website: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ArtsSD and YouTube.

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In South Dakota, the arts mean business By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota

We frequently discuss the benefits of the arts in South Dakota with an emphasis on the cultural, educational and transformative power of our creative experiences. But that’s only part of the equation. The simple fact is that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, based on recent surveys conducted by the Sioux Falls Arts Council and the Rapid City Arts Council in partnership with Americans for the Arts. The survey revealed that the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $114.3 million in annual economic activity in the Black Hills Region, supporting 3,573 full time equivalent jobs and generating $10 million in government revenues. The Greater Sioux Falls area, composed of Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner Counties, supports 3,567 full-time equivalent arts and culture jobs and generates $8.6 million in local and state government revenue. Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the Sioux Falls region spent $20.6 million during the study period and leveraged $84.8 million in additional spending by their audiences—dollars that pumped vital revenue into restaurants, hotels, retail stores and other local businesses. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.3 billion annually, according to the Americans for the Arts survey—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations. Audiences spent an additional $102.5 billion in eventrelated expenditures, for lodging, meals and other purchases—an average of $31.47 per person. This economic activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state and federal governments—a return on investment well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations. Arts and culture build community, enhance the education of our children and enrich our daily lives—and they are also a major American industry. Here in South Dakota, arts and cultural nonprofit organizations and events are generators of economic prosperity. As an integral part of the life of every South Dakotan, creative enterprise is a solid investment—an investment that pays dividends in business and in our state’s future. The arts mean business! For the full Americans for the Arts study results or to learn more about Arts South Dakota, join us online at

New board members


strengthen Arts South Dakota’s mission

Choosing board members who strengthen an organization through passion, commitment and links to partner groups is a key to success. Arts South Dakota has three new board members whose background and creativity will energize the statewide arts advocacy group. Stacy Braun, executive director of the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, connects all the dots in arts advocacy in South Dakota, and understands the power of shared ideas and networking to achieve goals. An accomplished pianist and former piano teacher, Braun is a tireless advocate for the arts in the Aberdeen area. As executive director of AAAC, she also does a wide variety of arts programming for her region. “The most rewarding part of my job is working with the educational outreach programs,” she said. “Seeing the smiles on the faces of the students is worth all of the work that goes into the planning.” While she has always been a dedicated participant in the statewide arts community, Braun understands the power of local arts action. “I cannot imagine my own life without the arts,” she said. “That gives me the drive to keep the arts a vital part of the Aberdeen community. Healthy, vibrant communities need to have a strong arts and cultural base.” Teacher, businessman and legislator Troy Heinert is a Democratic member of the South Dakota Senate, representing district 26. Elected to the Senate in 2014 after serving one term in the South Dakota House of Representatives, he was chosen in 2015 as Senate Assistant Minority Leader. Born into the Rosebud Sioux tribe in Spearfish, Heinert attended local schools and Sinte Gleska University where he graduated with a degree in education. His first job was as an elementary teacher and wrestling coach. He first ran for electoral office on the Todd County High School Board, winning a seat and serving for three years. Heinert has noted that his maternal grandfather served as a county commissioner after being in two wars and always stressed the importance of giving back. Heinert and his wife became owners of Chute 2, a bar and restaurant attached to the Prairie View country club in Mission in 2007. He also works as a rodeo pick-up rider with the Korkow Rodeo family from Pierre, saying that rodeo taught him to be “fast on his feet,” which he needs in the legislature. Katrina Lehr-McKinney works to improve the —Katrina Lehr-McKinney quality of life in her neighborhood, community and the world in general. A media strategist at Fresh Produce LLC in Sioux Falls, Lehr-McKinney has also served on the staff of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, South Dakotans for the Arts and was an arts consultant for Children’s Care Hospital and School. Her volunteer efforts speak even more forcefully about Lehr-McKinney’s focus on creatively enhancing the cultural environment. She is president of the All Saints Neighborhood Association, a group of families working to preserve their historic neighborhood in central Sioux Falls; a board member for both Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting and The Co-op Natural Foods, and president of the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater Center. “I’m so pleased to join the Arts South Dakota board and get back in touch with issues and opportunities that our state’s artists, arts organizations and arts educators are facing,” she said. “As many of us know and more are coming to understand, the arts really do lie at the heart of all our communities and can play an integral role in problem solving within the world.”

“As many of us know and more are coming to understand, the arts really do lie at the heart of all our communities and can play an integral role in problem solving within the world.” P

Stacy Braun

Senator Troy Heinert

Katrina Lehr-McKinney

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Vision casting for the arts By Patrick Baker, Director, South Dakota Arts Council

A state agency of the Department of Tourism

Dennis Daugaard, Governor James D. Hagen, Secretary

South Dakota Arts Council

Lynne Byrne, Sioux Falls, Chair Mary Bordeaux, Rapid City, Vice Chair Linda Anderson, Rapid City, Secretary Lynda Clark Adelstein, Rapid City, Treasurer Brian Bonde, Sioux Falls Laura Diddle, Brookings Mary Haug, Brookings Andrew Kightlinger, Pierre Deanna Lien, Rapid City Jane Rasmussen, Sisseton James L. Walker, Bath


Patrick Baker, Director Rebecca Cruse, Deputy Director Kathryn Vandel, Arts Program Coordinator Paul Mehlhaff, Grants Officer Joshua Chrysler, Folk Arts Consultant 711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57501-3369 In-State Toll Free: 1-800-952-3625 Email: Website: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SouthDakotaArts

South Dakota Arts Council receives support from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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As this column was being written, so were the final goals and objectives of the South Dakota Arts Council’s soon-to-be-unveiled strategic plan that will guide the state arts agency over the next three fiscal years. We intend for this document to focus our vision of transforming South Dakota’s communities and people through the arts. This vision for deeper public awareness of the value of fine arts, for stronger arts education, for wider access to the arts paving the way to inter-cultural understanding, and for the work of artists and arts organizations enhancing the quality of life for all South Dakotans wasn’t developed in a vacuum—not even in an office. It was realized by engaging as many of the very people we’re trying to serve as possible and listening to what they had to say. We kicked off 2017 by issuing a statewide arts survey to gather opinions on the state of the arts in South Dakota, including questions about how we’re doing when it comes to making quality arts programs accessible through the funds, services, and information offered by SDAC and/or nonprofit arts and advocacy organization Arts South Dakota. The survey remained open for over six weeks, and SDAC and Arts South Dakota promoted participation through email and social media networks as well as through printed notices in Arts Alive and those distributed at events like the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. In the spring we followed this up by hosting regional arts meetings in nine different South Dakota communities: Aberdeen, Eagle Butte, Pierre, Pine Ridge, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Watertown and Yankton. SDAC and Arts South Dakota traveled to these cities and towns to gather public input, yes, but each visit felt more like a community conversation, with the opinions expressed and questions asked representing the unique strengths and challenges of each area. We met in libraries, arts center basements, theaters, lobbies, youth centers, classrooms, restaurants and performance halls; and we heard from artists, arts administrators, patrons, students, educators, entrepreneurs, government officials and community leaders of all kinds, to name just some. Summer brought leadership meetings to bring this burgeoning vision for the arts into greater focus. SDAC board members gathered for a strategic planning session in July, and the full staff of SDAC and Arts South Dakota met in August to further define our respective roles as a statewide government arts agency and nonprofit service, education and advocacy organization, as well as to develop plans for carrying out this vision. While it is not yet finalized, the public is welcome to take a closer look at the building blocks of what will soon be the South Dakota Arts Council’s new strategic plan. Visit our website at to take a look at the summary reports detailing the 2017 arts constituent survey and regional meetings. As the state agency serving all South Dakotans through the arts for over a half-century, there was no question going into this most recent round of strategic planning that it would be hard work—it always is. Throughout the process we’ve been buoyed by the knowledge that this is not only meaningful work, but also that we’re not in the boat alone. We intend to take the input we gathered from many hundreds of South Dakotans and countless conversations and give it legs in the form of SDAC’s strategic plan. Our aim is to better serve the residents of this state through the arts, and we hope you’ll join us in taking pride and ownership of the plan we’ll soon premiere, because it was truly a collaborative effort. From SDAC, thank you, South Dakota, for helping us to cast a vision for the arts in South Dakota.


Sioux Falls resident who combined art with other subjects in her first teaching assignment is the new chair of the South Dakota Arts Council. Lynne Byrne, a state arts council member since 2011, discovered the impact of teaching with the arts in a fifth grade classroom in Nebraska, where she was charged with motivating students with social and academic difficulties. “Incorporating art into every subject was a novel approach then but it quickly proved to be an effective vehicle to achieve learning in my classroom,” Byrne said. “I believe it’s still effective.” Among the priorities the Arts Council has identified during Byrne’s leadership term are advocating for broader involvement of the arts in K-12 education and continuing to strengthen lines of communication and commitment to artists and arts organizations in every county of South Dakota. She said that a focus on artists and the arts industry in the state is also high on her list. “We need to promote a more professional arts industry in our state,” she said. “We plan to prioritize access, inclusion and equity and provide technical assistance in a more substantial format to artists and communities in the future.” The awarding of grants by the state arts agency is a vital part of keeping the creative spark strong in South Dakota, according to the new SDAC chair. “Each year our board pours over interesting, creative grant requests in many different categories,” she said. “We discuss each request at length and award grants to artists and arts organizations geographically representing our entire state. It’s a great feeling to invest in the arts.” That investment is crucial to the future of South Dakota because of the universal value of the arts in our lives, Byrne said. “We are impacted by some form of art each day,” she said. “The arts teach, fill our souls and expand our every experience.”

New folklorist named for South Dakota

Byrne is new SDAC Chair

A Colorado native who has explored America’s folkways from Oregon to West Virginia is now roaming the mountains and plains of South Dakota. Joshua Chrysler has been chosen by the South Dakota Arts Council as the new staff folklorist, replacing Andrea Graham, whose duties at the University of Wyoming are taking her away from the position she has held for the last 15 years. Chrysler’s first project in South Dakota is Sundogs and Sunflowers: An Art for Life Program Guide for Creative Aging, Health and Wellness. The program will send an arts and creative aging toolkit to every elder care facility and local arts agency in South Dakota. Sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council in partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts and funded by the Bush Foundation, Art for Life represents a five-year effort to develop a program guide with associated materials to facilitate the bringing together of a community’s folk and fine artists, local arts agency, elder care facility and school to conduct creative aging, health and wellness work. Chrysler is a Folk Studies graduate of Western Kentucky University who has worked with Graham on the folklife of the intermountain west. He has extensive experience in American traditional arts and history, doing fieldwork in Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, West Virginia and Kentucky, in addition to research in Colorado and Wyoming. He has published articles on Appalachian dance and on how stories shape our perception of disease. Chrysler served as a folk and traditional arts panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and for the Idaho Commission on the Arts. “I’m excited about discovering the rich and diverse traditional history of South Dakota,” he said. “I’ve been exploring the state this summer, since beginning the position in May, and I’m impressed by the range and depth of creativity and the preservation of the state’s heritage. I look forward to working with talented people all across South Dakota.” For more on the South Dakota folklife program or Sundogs and Sunflowers, go to

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Mark Your Calendar!

2018 State Arts Conference May 4 and 5, 2018 Downtown Sioux Falls

Arts Advocacy Day

February 8, 2018 Capitol Rotunda in Pierre

Join us for workshops, panels, creative excursions, live music and great food. The Conference will be held in conjunction with the annual SculptureWalk kickoff and will feature an opening reception keynote address by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research & Policy, Americans for the Arts.

March 1, 2018 SDAC Grant Deadline

2018 Arts Education Institute

July 16-19 at the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen


The redesigned Arts South Dakota website is poised on the launching pad! We will soon launch our exciting new space for South Dakota arts service, education and advocacy. Stay tuned to! Page 18

South Dakota Arts Council grant deadlines for the next fiscal year will open on January 1, 2018 and close March 1, 2018 for funding from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Applications will be accepted for these grants: Artist Career Development Grants are designed to provide financial support to emerging artists committed to advancing their work and careers as artists. $2,000 grant. Artist Fellowship Grants of $5,000 reward individual artistic excellence. Artist Collaboration Grants provide non-matching grants up to $6,000 to support the collaboration of two South Dakota artists or a South Dakota artist and an out-of-state artist for the purpose of advancing their work and careers and contributing to the arts in each of their states. Artist Project Grants assist individual artists in the presentation of a specific project or activity that serves the public and meets specific needs of the applicant artist. $1,000 to $2,000 grant. Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants encourage the continuation of South Dakota’s traditional arts and culture by providing non-matching grants up to $4,000 to master folk artists to teach qualified apprentices. Arts Challenge Grants for nonprofit arts organizations only provide assistance to South Dakota nonprofit, producing arts institutions and community arts councils. Importation of Musicians Grants assist South Dakota orchestras with the importation of musicians not available in their own communities. Project Grants assist South Dakota organizations in presenting arts activities for the general public which meet the specific needs of the organizations. For more information, visit

Arts Calendar For South Dakota Our website calendar format makes everything easier—easier to see weekly events, easier to search for specific events, easier to format, easier to submit and share. View the full calendar of events and choose the style that best fits your needs. Visit to get started!

Arts South Dakota Sponsors January 2016 September, 2017

$1000 to $1,999 VistaComm

$2,000 to $2,999 BankWest Delta Dental of South Dakota

$3,000 to $4,999 Den-Wil, Incorporated

$5,000 plus First Dakota National Bank

In-Kind Donations January 2016-September 2017

up to $999 Mailway Printers Racing Magpie Sisson Printing

$1000 to $1,999 Advanced Certified Fundraising, LLC The Comfort Theatre Company Brian Hildebrant CPA Shari Kosel Dale Lamphere Katrina Lehr-McKinney Thurman & Thurman $3,000 to $4,999 Media One Advertising

Organizational Members as of September 30, 2017

Thank you to the following business and organizational members who have come alongside Arts South Dakota as partners, sharing our mission to improve the lives of all South Dakotans through creative communities and artistic expression.

Aberdeen Area Arts Council Acts of Nature Augustana University Visual & Performing Arts Black Hills Chamber Music Society Black Hills Playhouse CAIRNS Castlewood Arts Council Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines D.C. Lamphere Studio Dakota Choral Union, Inc. Dakota Discovery Museum Dalesburg Scandinavian Association Davida Art Company Decorative Walls and Murals Discovery Mime & Movement Theatre Downtown Sioux Falls Dragonfly Arts, LLC Faulkton Area Arts Council Frank Farrar Law Office Green Ink Gallery & Studios Haggerty’s Music Works & Audio Visual Hill City Arts Council Historic Homestake Opera House Historic Lead Deadwood Arts Center

Hot Pink Ink Institute of Design & Technology of South Dakota Johns & Kosel Law, LLC Jon Crane Watercolors Matthews Opera House & Arts Center Northern State University School of Fine Arts Poet’s Round Table Reptile Gardens SculptureWalk Sioux Falls Shoemaker Visual Art Studio Singing Boys of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society Sisseton Area Arts Council South Dakota Art Museum South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music South Dakota Humanities Council South Dakota Magazine Springs Area Council on the Arts Sturgis Area Arts Council Tallgrass Recovery The Center for Western Studies, Augustana University Vermillion Chamber & Development Corporation Warrior’s Work & Ben West Gallery Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science Wolf Bronze Yankton Area Arts

Individual Donors as of September 30, 2017

Arts South Dakota sincerely thanks the generosity of the following arts advocates. Their donations lead the way in advocating for a creative South Dakota. $0 to $99 Ariadne Albright, Vermillion Linda Balfany, Yankton Phil & Jill Baker, Sioux Falls John Banasiak, Vermillion Don & Janet Beeman, Vermillion Thom C. Berg, Aberdeen Carol Bailey, Rapid City Melanie & Norman Bliss, Sioux Falls Liz Bowling, Canton John E. Brockelsby, Rapid City Rosemary C. Buchmann, Martin Susan Burgard, Pierre Jami Buttke, Spearfish Brent & Amy Clouser, Sioux Falls Tami Comp, Winner Ron & Rachel Conkling, Flandreau Janet B. Cronin, Gettysburg Rebecca Cruse, Pierre Ann & Tim Deckert, Rapid City Margaret Denton, Brookings Don & Mary Downs, Rapid City Beverly Daniel English, Sioux Falls Van & Barbara Fishback, Brookings Ellen Fockler, Reno, NV David J. Fraher, Minneapolis, MN Elizabeth Freer, Spearfish Michelle Friesen, Freeman Barry W. Furze, Sturgis Carol Cook Geu, Vermillion Larry Green, Madison Bonnie Halsey-Dutton, Spearfish Gary & Carmen Hansen, Rapid City Jerry & Jackie Hanson, Sioux Falls Rosemarie Hanssen, Sisseton Angi Hanzlik, Chamberlain Steve & Monica Harding, Pierre Harry & Helen Harryman, Pierre Linda M. Hasselstrom, Hermosa Melissa M. Hauschild-Mork, Brookings Donna Hazelwood, Madison

Connie Herring, Sioux Falls Susan Hines, Rapid City Josh & Rose Ann Hofland, Sioux Falls Shirly Holt, Gary Dennis Hopfinger & Carolyn Clague, Brookings Roger Hunt, Brandon Joan K. Irwin, Lead Sandy Jerstad, Sioux Falls Richard A. Johnson, Sioux Falls Thomas Johnson, Yankton Diane Kehrwald, Pierre Brenda Lanphere, Aberdeen Sandra Kern Mollman, Vermillion Peter Killan, Aberdeen Karen Kinder, Brookings Cheryl Kleppin, Wessington Springs Andy Klitzke, Pierre John & Cheryl Koch, Freeman Joe & Shari Kosel, Lead Marilyn Kratz, Yankton Darla Drew Lerdal, Rapid City Paula Manley & Jim Knutson, Spearfish Mary Jo Marcy, Custer Cindy Marohl, Sisseton Sheila Martin, Custer Lynn & Frank Mason, Hot Springs Pepper Massey, Rapid City Jim McKinney, Brookings Johanna Meier, Spearfish Kent & Zindie Meyers, Spearfish Jay & Beverly Mickelson, Pierre Deborah Mitchell, Rapid City Jody & Jim Moritz, Faulkton Rodney & Marla Mosiman, Onida Ronald Moyer & Caitlin Collier, Vermillion Mike Mueller, Pierre Jenny & Neal Nelson, Sisseton Sandra Newman, Rapid City Jeannette Noel Beemer, Pierre William T. Peterson, Canton Ken & Lavonne Pickering, Pierre Tamara Pier, Rapid City Ellen Plocek, Spearfish Jim Pollock, Pierre Bea Premack, Aberdeen Dorothy Pulscher, Sturgis Jeannette Rahja, Aberdeen Ron Reed, Rapid City Barbara Rehfeld, Sioux Falls Betsy Rice, Sioux Falls Carol Rogers, Sioux Falls Francie Ruebel-Albert, Sturgis John & Alla Ruffolo, Brookings Terry & Mary Ryan, Madison John Rychtarik, Brookings Ron & Renea Schoenfelder, Dimock Sharon Schramm, Winner Chuck & Bonny Schroyer, Pierre Lonnie Schumacher, Fort Pierre Carol Schwarzenberg, Rapid City Marica Shannon, Mitchell Craig Sherman, Yankton David Sieh, Sioux Falls Susanne Skyrm, Vermillion Vance & Virginia Sneve, Rapid City Mark Speirs, Deadwood Linda Stoops, Harrisburg Judith Thompson, Orange City, IA Rose Marie Tornow, Sioux Falls Angie Vikesland, Sioux Falls Dennis & Julie Walkins, Spearfish Linda & Jon Wiley, Spearfish Roberta Williams, Pierre Ruth Williams, Wakonda Norma & Jerry Wilson, Vermillion Milo Winter, Rapid City Phyllis Wipf, Spearfish Jo Vander Woude, Sioux Falls Carol Wright, Sioux Falls Lavina Wuger, Faulkton Joan Zephier, Sioux Falls $100 to $249 Rob & Sheridan Anderson, Pierre Patrick & Jennifer Baker, Pierre

Reuben & Marlowe Bareis, Rapid City Nancy Anne Barker, Hot Springs John & Anne Barlow, Rapid City Jim Blom, Beaver Creek Bonnie Bjork, Rapid City Bill J. and Jane Bobzin, Yankton Anne Bodman & Andrew Hollander, Sturgis Dave & Linda Bonde, Fort Pierre Johanna Bonds, Hill City Greg Boris & Joan Reddy, Sioux Falls Stacy Braun, Aberdeen Ruth Brennan, Rapid City Roger and Merlene Broer, Hill City Lynne & Bill Byrne, Sioux Falls Allen & Gloria Brown, Dell Rapids Susan W. Callahan, Rapid City Dick & Ginger Carstensen, Sturgis Jim Clark, Sioux Falls Paul & Mary Ellen Connelly, Sioux Falls Mike & Judy Connor, Sioux Falls Marty Davidsohn, Sioux Falls Beth Deiter, Faulkton Tony Diem, Lead DeVee Dietz, Sturgis Catherine Duenwald, Pierre Darlene Dulitz, Webster Kris & Steve Egger, Sioux Falls Richard Ehrhart, Yankton Doug & Justine Estes, Rapid City Carla Fauske & Peter Lieberman, Sioux Falls Allan & Eve Fisher, Madison Rod & Glenna Fouberg, Aberdeen Jacquelyn Fuller, Lead Suzanne Fuller, Sioux Falls Karen A. Gerdes, Fort Pierre Christine Goldsmith, Mobridge Kathie Gerstner, Yankton Marnie Gould, Rapid City Linda Mickelson Graham, Sioux Falls Lori Hansen, Yankton Susan & Tim Hanson, Vermillion Hank Harris, Rapid City Phil Hegg, Sioux Falls Paul Higbee, Spearfish Paul Horsted, Custer Craig Howe, Martin Erica Howell, Volga Mildred K. Hugghins, Brookings Regina & Dale Jahr, Sioux Falls Terry & Sandi Jaspers, Sisseton Heath A. Johnson, Aberdeen Corliss & Anne Johnson, Sioux Falls Larry & Mary Jo Johnson, Pierre James & Ardis Johnson, Brookings Phil & Diana Kappen, Sioux Falls Pat Kosel, Naples, FL Merle & Virginia Larson, Yankton Mark Law, Clear Lake Christine Leichtnam, Rapid City Edith Lien, Spearfish Larry & Gail Lyngstad, Pierre John R. McIntyre, Sioux Falls Mark & Kristol McKie, Rapid City Bob & Mickey Miller, Sioux Falls Doug & Mary Miller, Brookings Russell Nash, Pierre Jonathan Neiderhiser, Sioux Falls Janice Nicolay, Chester Karen Gundersen Olson, Rapid City Phyllis Packard, Vermillion Jessie Park, Sioux Falls Scott & Maryanne Petersen, Sioux Falls Tamara Pier, Rapid City Gordy Pratt, Spearfish Andrew Reinartz, Sioux Falls Patrick Roseland, Rapid City Daniel & Rebecca Schenk, Ft. Pierre Jeff & Katie Scherschligt, Sioux Falls Larry Schou, Vermillion Miles & Vickie Schumacher, Sioux Falls Jacqueline Sly, Rapid City Clayton & Anella Southwick, Rapid City

Myrna Stanley, Sioux Falls Gary & Nan Steinley, Spearfish Dick Termes & Markie Scholz, Spearfish Graham & Anna Marie Thatcher, Rapid City Lesta & Mike Turchen, Hill City Karyn Veenis, Sioux Falls Lynn Verschoor, Brookings Judy Vidal & Brent Cogswell, Rapid City Merritt & Pamela Warren, Brookings Kathleen Webb, Aberdeen Cheryl Whetham, Hill City Linda Wiley, Spearfish Mark & Susan Wismer, Britton Mary & Mark Zimmerman, Deadwood Steve & Sandy Zinter, Fort Pierre

$250 to $499 Linda J. Bartholomew, Faulkton LaVaughn Busse, Highmore Brian Hildebrant & Laura Diddle, Brookings Tom & Donna Haber, Sioux Falls James D. Hagen, Pierre Dody & Boyd Hopkins, Sioux Falls Dick & Cindy Koch, Sioux Falls Ellen & Tom Lee, Pierre Larry & Diane Ness, Yankton Michael Pangburn, Pierre Shirley Sneve & Thomas Rickers, Lincoln, NE Jim & Sandy Szana, Pierre Larry & Suzanne Toll, Sioux Falls Norman & Kathleen West, Yankton Ron & Glenda Woodburn, Pierre

$500 to $749 Stanford & Lynda Adelstein, Rapid City Steve & Nancy Babbitt, Rapid City Sandra Christenson, Sioux Falls Dan & Arlene Kirby, Sioux Falls Gerry Berger Law, Clear Lake Deanna B. Lien, Rapid City Jim & Kara Mathis, Sioux Falls Kenneth & Kathryn Pangburn, Corning, IA John & Jane Rasmussen, Sisseton Jim & Jill Speirs, Sioux Falls Janet & Lloyd Sohl, Rapid City Jack & Linda Stengel, Sioux Falls Steven Zellmer & Kitty Kinsman, Rapid City

$1,000 to $1,249 Brian & Kaija Bonde, Sioux Falls Janet Brown, Seattle, WA Dick & Sue Brown, Custer Scott & Julia Jones, Pierre Dale Lamphere, Sturgis Douglas & Sandra Pay, Sioux Falls Rudy & Doris Rudel, Rapid City

Arts South Dakota is in part supported through the generous grant support of the South Dakota Arts Council and the Bush Foundation.

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Arts Alive | Autumn 2017 - South Dakota  

A joint publication from Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council. Published three times per year. To receive Arts Alive in you...

Arts Alive | Autumn 2017 - South Dakota  

A joint publication from Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council. Published three times per year. To receive Arts Alive in you...