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Day Gallery at USD to host Pots Photos thesis exhibition

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota will host a thesis exhibition of artwork, “Pots & Photos,” by art students Trenton J. Deis and Rachel L. Coyle, Dec. 12-16.

Open to the public, this exhibit contains a mixture of Deis’ pottery and Coyle’s photography, both exploring a wide range of techniques, styles and artistic visions. A reception for both artists, who are completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees at USD, is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Day Gallery.

Deis’ work has lately focused on wood-fired ceramics – a process that creates one-of-a-kind pieces with slightly different surface qualities. Of the hundreds of pots Deis has created this past year, an exclusive collection of his best work will be on display. His works have been honored with the Dean’s Choice Award at the annual juried Stilwell Art Exhibition and an honorable mention in the recent show, “All of Us.” Deis is originally from Sioux Falls, S.D. and plans to graduate in May.

Coyle’s photographs examine and explore the mystique of nightfall focusing on the boundlessness of the night sky, mysterious lighting and long exposures. Other selected works feature international street photography and palladium printing. A native of Yankton, S.D., Coyle is moving to Chicago following graduation this month. Her work has been featured in Leica Fotografie International, and she was also honored with the Stilwell Award and received an honorable mention at the annual Stilwell Art Exhibition.

Located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the Vermillion campus, the John A. Day Gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. For additional information, please contact Alison Erazmus, director of University Art Galleries at (605) 677-3177 or


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News