‘Emerging Voices’ graduation exhibit to be on display at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Three students at The University of South Dakota will present their bachelor of fine arts graduation exhibition, “Emerging Voices,” Monday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 11 at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. A closing reception for artists Angee Verzani-Dorcey, David E. Miller and Jeffrey Schmidt is scheduled for Dec. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Verzani-Dorcey, from Jackson, Neb., is an art education major with an emphasis in ceramics.  Her work includes functional as well as nontraditional forms. An experimental and surreal surface is demonstrated through thick slip application and her intentions are directed to “celebrating ceramics.”  Verzani-Dorcey’s post graduation plans include a position in art education and fulfilling a desire to work with clay. 

Miller, a graphic design major with an emphasis in painting/drawing, is from Sioux City, Iowa. His works include digital and traditional artwork and focus on a variety of different mediums in order to demonstrate multiple skills and to show overall artistic progression. With graphic arts and drawing skills combined, Miller’s plans following graduation are to search for a position that will take advantage of his talents while spending time with friends and family.  

Schmidt is a sculpture major residing in Vermillion. His works include steel sculptures using found and fabricated organic structures, and contrasting the structures that we create, and the structures that we are. His future plans include further study of art while pursuing a master of fine arts with a focus on sculpture.

The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Cory Knedler, chair of the department of art, at (605) 677-5637 or cknedler@usd.edu.