Visiting artists' exhibit to be showcased at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University Art Galleries at The University of South Dakota will present an exhibition of works by six artists who will conduct workshops and present lectures at the USD Art Department during this academic year. The inaugural show opens on Sept. 17 in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts and features a reception, which is open to the public, for the artist on Sept. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The artists featured in the exhibition are Gerald Cournoyer, painter; Cliff Evan, digital artist; Jim Horton, wood engraver; Tracy Otten, printmaker; Ellie Honi, photogravurer; and Mo Neal, sculptor. Professional diversity is the key among the artists participating in this exhibition, including Evans, who counts among his credits an Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship; Neal, a member of the art faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, whose credits include a Bemis Foundation Residency; and Horton, a veteran printmaker with an international reputation for his work with wood engraving.

According to Cory Knedler, chair of the USD Department of Art, The U has had a vital visiting artist program for many years with the purpose of bringing diverse art perspectives to students. Visiting artist activities are scheduled throughout the year and often include extensive hands-on workshops. Many visiting artist activities are open to the public. Information about the visiting artists may be obtained by contacting the art department at (605) 677-5636 or Knedler at

The Main Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts is open free of charge to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Tours and special showings during non-public hours are available upon request. For more information about this exhibition, please contact The University of South Dakota Art Galleries Director John A. Day, at (605) 677-3177 or