“The Knutson Distinguished Professor Award is the highest honor given in the College of Fine Arts,” Meyer said. “I have a long history in the college, as my uncle was on the theatre faculty in the 70s and 80s, and I remember seeing all the art in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts and loving the environment. Later I received my B.F.A. in sculpture from USD, and now being recognized for my creative activities from that same institution feels a bit surreal but definitely amazing.”

A headshot of Chris Meyer.

Meyer teaches sculpture in the Department of Art, and his classes range from introductory sculpture to graduate courses and include metal fabrication, wood working/mixed media, foundry and instillation classes. He loves working with his hands and creating three-dimensional objects, instillations and performances. 

“I try to get a sense of community in my classes because even though we are all making our own work, we are making it together and learning from each other,” Meyer said. “I love sharing my passion for art and seeing my students’ ideas and confidence grow.” 

The Knutson Distinguished Professor Award was established in honor of Wayne S. Knutson who served the University of South Dakota from 1952-1987. Knutson was a champion of the fine arts, and his work touched communities across the state and region. He inspired, mentored and stood as an example to South Dakotans through his sterling gifts s teacher, artist, consultant and friend.

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