VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students from The University of South Dakota will present their bachelor’s of fine arts graduation exhibit, “Useless, but Indispensible,” at the Main Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, May 4-8.
This exhibition presents diverse bodies of work from painting majors and graphic design majors. Each artist has a distinct approach to art making and this show presents an amalgamation of their different media, aesthetic attitudes, and ways of handling space, varying from two dimensional to intermedia installation.
Leah Keating of Madison, S.D., is a graphic design major with emphasis in photography. Her work in the exhibition is playful in nature with mythological overtones. Jessica Dunn from Sioux Falls, S.D., is a bachelor’s of fine arts candidate with an emphasis in painting. Autobiographic notions of motherhood oscillating between tears and laughter manifest in her work. Painting in a direct manner owing to the candor of her imagery, emotional brushwork dominates and forms a visual narrative that speaks of sensitivity and psychological significance. Megan Dirks of Akron, Iowa, is also a painting major whose paintings and installation meditate, in limine, on the opposing forces of chaos and order, which is often a minute hovering space. She imposes large scale and structural elements thus positioning the audience to enter the work. Colin Hover, a graphic design major, who has enjoyed globetrotting a majority of his life. His work is reflective of design and time; and he is all out of time at The U. Sara Gotch, from South Sioux City, Neb., found a love for art through her experiences at the USD. Her interest in a simplistic style with a bit of an edge led her to emphasize in graphic design.
A closing reception for the artists is scheduled for Friday, May 8 from 7 - 9 p.m. and is open to the public. The Main Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Tours and special showings during non-public hours are available upon request. For more information about this exhibition, please contact the Art Galleries Director Eddie Welch at (605) 677-3177 or e-mail Eddie.Welch@usd.edu.