USD Alums Present Art and Poetry Exhibit

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two University of South Dakota alumni will exhibit their art and poetry in a show called “Intrepid Coalescing” at the I.D. Weeks Library on campus from now until early April.

Emerging artist Brian Joel Damon ‘80 and national award-winning writer Paula Bosco Damon ’91, ’93, both of McCook Lake, South Dakota.

The exhibit, consisting of 16 paintings and seven poems, is on display in the library’s first and second floor galleries. Presenting a wide body of work in this traveling show, “Intrepid Coalescing” is a courageous attempt to marry the Damon’s distinctively diverse perspectives on their journey together, spanning nearly 50 years.

Previously, the traveling exhibit was on display at the Le Mars, Iowa, Art Center and the North Sioux City Community Library.

When Brian Damon recently retired from a 42-year career as a psychotherapist, he returned to college to pursue an art degree and began painting in 2013. His artwork has been selected for more than 20 juried regional exhibits, including in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Norfolk, Nebraska; and Sioux City and Le Mars, Iowa.

Over the years, Paula Bosco Damon’s writing has garnered numerous top honors, including many first place awards in national and state writing competitions. After a long career in marketing communications, she retired in 2014. Today, the author is a marketing communications consultant and syndicated newspaper columnist at the Vermillion Plain Talk.

For more information, please contact the library Art and Exhibits Committee: Danielle Loftus at, Sarah Hanson at, or Michael Boring at


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.