USD Hosts South Dakota Governor's Seventh Biennial Art Exhibition

Governor The Governor’s Seventh Biennial Art Exhibition will visit USD this Friday, May 12.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host a reception for the Governor’s Seventh Biennial Art Exhibition this Friday, May 12, in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

“The collaborative effort of the Governor’s Seventh Biennial Art Exhibition will bring together far-reaching and sometimes disparate elements to paint a big picture of the state of visual art in South Dakota and those who create it,” said Patrick Baker, executive director of the South Dakota Arts Council.

The reception features a traveling exhibition, sponsored by the South Dakota Governor’s Office, which showcases 67 diverse artists currently living and working throughout the state of South Dakota.

“It’s a great honor to be one of the venues hosting this exhibition, as it showcases the diverse art making talents that we have in South Dakota,” said Michelle St. Vrain, director of the John A. Day Gallery at USD. “I believe this show acts as a great learning tool for the students of USD because it highlights the broad range of subject matter, media, and styles that artists are using to create their voice with our community.”

“The Biennial was conceived 14 years ago as a way to celebrate and encourage South Dakota’s talented artists and to serve as a historical record, sharing some of South Dakota’s best works and greatest artists with statewide audiences now and in the future,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard in a release previewing the event. “I extend my appreciation to all those artists who submitted their artwork to this Biennial and to the institutions and sponsors who made this show possible. It is an honor to endorse this significant event that unveils the professionalism, imagination, and talent of our state’s artists.”

The event begins at 5 p.m. and is free and 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