Two Bulls Presents Printmaking Lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Lakota artist Michael Two Bulls encouraged students to “break the mold” during a guest lecture on printmaking at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota.

Two Bulls, a Lakota artist and founder of Rapid City-based Bad Art Press, won the 2015 Artist and Business Fellowship from the First People’s Fund and served as the Northern Plains Artist in Residence at USD in the summer of 2016.

“A lot of my work takes a glimpse into the past. Taking old stories and adding a twist,” said Two Bulls, switching between slides showcasing his work.

Two Bulls’ art juxtaposes turn-of-the-century black and white photographs with vivid colors and pop culture symbolism. He wrestles with topics such as land rights, drug addiction, tribal identity and historical reconciliation.

Two Bulls encouraged students to use art to “break the mold of what you are told you are supposed to be.”

The John A. Day Gallery, located in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, will feature Two Bulls’ exhibit Friday, Jan. 13 at 9 a.m - 5 p.m., followed by a gallery reception 6-8 p.m. open to the public.


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