VERMILLION, S.D. -- The 27th annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition at the University of South Dakota begins Friday, Feb. 7 and runs through Friday, Feb. 28 at the John A. Day Gallery. The opening reception and awards night will take place in the John A. Day Gallery from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.
This year’s juror is Jodi Lundgren; coordinator of exhibitions at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, S.D. Lundgren is a South Dakota native who received her B.F.A. with an emphasis in painting from the University of South Dakota. She has worked in art museums in South Dakota for the past 10 years, organizing exhibitions with local, regional, national and international artists. As curator of the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls from 2009-13, she curated and designed exhibitions by Auguste Rodin, Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Ansel Adams and Dr. Seuss.
Sponsored by University Art Galleries and the USD Department of Art, the annual juried student art show recognizes artistic talent and creative work from USD students. Winners from last year included Nate Bucholz, “Best in Show,” for “untitled: Working on cars with my dad inspired this piece” (2013). The annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition is supported by an endowment established in l987 and honors Wilber Stilwell’s commitment to art education. Stilwell, who joined the USD faculty immediately after receiving his master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1941, served on the USD Department of Art faculty for 32 years and as department chair for 26 years. The exhibit is named for Stilwell and his wife, Gladys.
The John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts is open free of charge to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tours and special showings during non-public hours are available upon request. For more information about this exhibition, please contact the University Art Galleries Director Alison Erazmus at (605) 677-3177 or Alison.Erazmus@usd.edu.