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Graduating artists display diversity with ‘102 Years’ exhibition

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota is hosting the last B.F.A. thesis exhibition of the spring semester for four graduating students through May 25.

As part of the University Galleries’ exhibition, “102 Years,” 2D and 3D works by Kaiti Strayer, a sculptor; Ian Hermanson, graphic design; printmaker Zach DeBoer; and ceramicist Heather Bal, who has been researching the slip casting process for the past year, showcase a variety of different artwork under one setting.

Bal, who will enter into the graduate program at Wichita State to pursue a M.F.A. in ceramics, uses the fragile forms produced from ceramics to reflect surfaces inherit in atmospheric firing. One theme throughout this body of work reflects personal perceptions concerning transitions such as decay. Strayer, of Sioux City, Iowa, works with materials found in nature and has a specific interest in tactile and fiber based materials while Hermanson, of Elk Point, S.D, incorporates large scale three-dimensional pieces with the 2D graphic design works. DeBoer, an art education major from Brandon, S.D. who is currently student-teaching in Beresford, S.D., explores a variety of media, especially collage. His career goals include a full-time position as a K-12 art educator where he hopes to bring his same passion for art to his students.

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