Student exhibition ‘Released’ featured at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Bachelor of Fine Arts graduation exhibition, “Released,” will be on exhibit at the Main Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota, April 26 - May 2. A reception for the artists is May 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Main Gallery. The show features five students’ artwork, which focuses on their different areas of study throughout their years at the U.

Anita Erickson is a sculpture major from Pierce, Neb. Her work is concerned with issues of deteriorating values that break down society. Her goal is to facilitate spatial dialogue between the viewer and her multimedia figurative sculptures.

Lacey Lee is a painting major from Wessington Springs, S.D. She incorporates a variety of personal issues into her work, including social issues and feminist statements. She has continued to work relatively figurative throughout her years at USD.

Matti Karel is a graphic design major from Seward, Neb. Her graphic design work specializes in typography, product identity and photo manipulation. She strives to focus on the design elements in her work to create visually stimulating and eye-catching pieces.

Katrina Martin is a photography major from Sioux Falls, S.D. Her work analyzes the human condition emphasizing women’s issues. She uses traditional black and white photography with a hand coloring process to depict various societal idiosyncrasies.

Mary Schleich is a graphic design major from Mitchell, SD. She uses photo manipulation to create visually attractive images in advertising and products. She strives to portray her beliefs and values in her work.

The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, contact Cory Knedler, chair of the department of art, at (605) 677-5637 or