College of Fine Arts University Art Galleries

John A. Day Gallery


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).

Gallery Schedule


View the John A. Day Gallery Schedule brochure for the 2013 - 2014 Season.


Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Dust, Metal, and Stone July 29 - September 20, 2013
Reception: Friday, September 13, 5-7 p.m.
Kirby James Pilcher September 25 - October 23, 2013
Reception: Friday, October 4, 5-7:30 p.m.
The Written Word: work by Elissa Levy, Trong Nguyen, An Mina Xiao, Nina Katchadourian, and Karen Baldner October 28 - November 25, 2013
Reception: Friday, November 22, 5-7:30 p.m.
Student Thesis Exhibitions December 2 - 14, 2013
Wound / Wound: work by Anila Agha
December 19 - January 30, 2014
Reception: Friday, January 24, 2014

Gallery CLOSED
January 1, 2014

27th Annual Stilwell Student Juried Exhibition February 7 - 28, 2014
Opening reception and award's night: Friday, February 7, 5-7:30 p.m.
Shades: Contemporary Drawing by Alison Denyer, Michael Sleadd, Shelby Shadwell, and Chris Ganz March 4 - April 1, 2014
Reception: Friday, March 28, 5-7:30 p.m.