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Faculty Exhibition Award at USD honors Phillip Michael Hook

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota announced today that Phillip Michael Hook, associate professor and Foundation coordinator in the art department, is the first recipient of the University Art Galleries Faculty Exhibition Award.

Made possible through generous contributions of Cathy Palmer and Karen Chesterman, art department alumni at USD, the Faculty Exhibition Award provides a $1,000 stipend and a month-long exhibition in the John A. Day Gallery. Hook will display his project, “Outbound, Looking Back: A Self Portrait,” May 7 through June 7, 2013 in the Day Gallery. A formal announcement and recognition of the artist will be made at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, in the John A. Day Gallery.

According to Alison Erazmus, gallery director, the Faculty Exhibition Award encourages USD art faculty to produce a new body of creative work for exhibit using USD’s main exhibition space. “Rather than faculty exhibiting new work elsewhere, this is a great way to foster and promote the creative work that is happening right here in Vermillion,” she added.

Hook’s exhibition “Outbound, Looking Back - A Self Portrait” will venture into new territory as far as media and concept. He plans to construct an installation utilizing video projection that explores the connection between two small towns and one large city, all located on the Missouri River. A photo of Hook is available for download at

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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