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Yankton students from The U to showcase graduation exhibit

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Sara Schenkel and Jake Kidney, students at The University of South Dakota, will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts graduation exhibition, “Out of Darkness,” at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, Dec. 14-18. The exhibition showcases their student artwork at The U.

Schenkel is a fine arts major with an emphasis in photography from Yankton, S.D. Her work includes self-portraits and sky-scapes. She uses digital photography and a creative touch in the digital darkroom to create her self-portraits, while keeping her sky-scapes straight photography. Schenkel plans to start her own portrait studio after graduation.

Kidney, a fine arts major with an emphasis in photography and painting, is also from Yankton, S.D. Through the use of long exposure, digital darkroom manipulation and night photography, Kidney uses his work to simplify and focus on what is pure, beautiful and simple with a deeper philosophical meaning.

The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. A reception for the artists is Friday, Dec. 18from 7 to 9 p.m. at the John A. Day Gallery. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Cory Knedler, chair of the department of art, at (605) 677-5637 or