Student Art on Display At Day Gallery

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The John A. Day Gallery is presenting a masters of fine arts thesis exhibition this week featuring three artists, Stephanie Vonderahe, Alix Suckstorf and Ashley Lemon. The “ +/- ” will be exhibited until Friday, April 15 with a closing reception that day from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibition shows a variety of artworks, including sculpture, graphics and printmaking. The works being displayed are a representation of their time in graduate school in pursuit of their MFA. The artwork on display will be available for the public to purchase.

VonderAhe’s engraving and mezzotint prints demonstrate the use of intaglio techniques to create fine lines and delicate values needed to depict mushroom forms with lightness and fluidity. The intimacy and labor of the print processes slows her down, opens up a personal meditative state, heightening her senses of observation and contemplation. Reflecting on the growth patterns and forms found in mushrooms, finding thoughts of parallel values to social and human interactions.

Suckstorf is a graphic designer interested in studying how different levels of audience participation affect the design process. This exhibit will combine those interests with pictograms as an aid for communication in health care.

Lemon's sculptural work combines a myriad of unusual mediums and processes to create metaphors out of everyday objects. Her works, at first glance, are whimsical, bright and vibrant. However, upon closer inspection, alternate, darker motifs, commenting on the harsh reality of adult life, rise to the surface.

The exhibition is free and open to the public daily through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News