University Art Galleries presents student exhibition 'It'

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Maiko Hasegawa, pursuing her M.F.A. in painting at The University of South Dakota, is displaying her thesis exhibition, “It,” with M.F.A. sculptor and Sturgis, S.D., native Erica Merchant, April 12-16 at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

The exhibition presents Hasegawa’s paintings and assemblage pieces. Originally from Japan, Hasegawa came to the United States in 2002 and she began making art when she was a junior in college. Her main interest is always on personal interpretation of the subject and less to do with the mediums or materials, although they’re carefully chosen for specific reasons. In short, Hasegawa says there is nothing special about the things she uses or the subject matter she chooses. Merchant is also receiving her M.F.A. with an emphasis in sculpture.

“It is about how I process them through my mind and hands,” she added.

The exhibition, “It,” is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A closing reception is scheduled for Friday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Eddie Welch, director of University Art Galleries, at (605) 677-3177 or e-mail