The John A. Day Gallery is a large modern exhibition facility with over 185 feet of linear wall space and nearly 2,900 square feet. In early 2008, a new wood laminate floor was installed with the generous support of funds from First Bank & Trust, and Susan and Doug Tuve.

The John A. Day Gallery annually features 15 - 18 exhibitions in two- and three-dimensional works, ranging in multi-faceted shows such as retrospectives, multi-media installations, juried competitions, invitationals, and student exhibitions. Gallery programming reflects the diversity of the University Art Galleries' mission; the schedule annually blends exhibitions showcasing the University's Permanent Collection, supporting the Art Department program, and featuring art and artists not only from the Northern Plains, but from across North America.

Aside from art exhibitions, the gallery space also hosts receptions, lectures, art auctions, group photos and various art educational events and functions for the Fine Arts programs and for the USD community and the City of Vermillion public. The John A. Day Gallery is open to the public free of charge between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends by special appointment (closed holidays).

2016 – 2017 John A. Day Gallery Schedule 

Melinda Camber Porter: Of Art, Books, and Film
September 19 – October 14, 2016
Dakota Days Reception: October 7, 3 – 5 p.m.

Angie Seykora Exhibition
October 21 – November 17, 2016
Reception: October 21, 6 – 8 p.m.  

BFA Reviews
November 22, 2016

BFA Graduation Exhibitions
November 28 – December 2, 2016
Reception: December 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
December 5 – 9, 2016
Reception: December 9, 6 – 8 p.m.

Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency Exhibition: Micheal Two Bulls
December 19, 2016 – January 18, 2017
Reception: January 13, 6 – 8 p.m.  

Stilwell Student Exhibition 
January 27 – February 24, 2017
Opening Reception: January 27, 6 – 8 p.m. 

MFA Reviews
February 28, 2017

Michael Phillip Hook Sabbatical Exhibition
March 6 – 31, 2017
Reception: TBA

MFA Thesis Exhibitions
April 3 – 7, 2017
Reception: April 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
April 10 – 14, 2017
Reception: April 13, Time TBA

BFA Graduation Exhibitions
April 17 – 21, 2017
Reception: April 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
April 24 – 28, 2017
Reception: April 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
May 1 – 5, 2017
Reception: May 5, 6 – 8 p.m.