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‘Politicizing Aesthetics’ opens in the John A. Day Gallery at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Beginning Monday, Oct. 1 the John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota will host the national juried exhibition, “Politicizing Aesthetics.” This exhibit features artwork by eight contemporary artists from across the nation and will be on display through Nov. 2.

“Politicizing Aesthetics,” juried by Monica Herman, director at Mixed Greens of New York City, includes eight artists whose work investigates the perceptions and misperceptions of American poverty, religion, material culture, national security, consumer waste and war. The eight artists in “Politicizing Aesthetics” are Cassie Marie Edwards of Madison, S.D., George Bedell of La Plata, Md., Andrea Ferrigno of Iowa City, Iowa, Karen Hackenberg of Port Townsend, Wash., Joe Johnson of Columbia, Mo., Laurel McMechan of Allston, Mass., Sarah Tortora of Guilford, Conn., and Konstantin K. Zlatev of San Francisco, Calif.

A closing reception for “Politicizing Aesthetics” is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. Because the exhibit leads up to the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite politician. Also that day, at 3 p.m. at the Day Gallery, Pat Boyd from South Dakotans for the Arts and Michael Pangburn from the South Dakota Arts Council will present on the topic of government funding and the arts. The exhibition, reception and special presentation by Boyd and Pangburn are free and open to the public.

For more information about upcoming exhibitions, please email Alison Erazmus, director of the University Art Galleries, at or call at (605) 677-3177. To see more photographs of exhibitions and gallery events, “Like” the University Art Galleries Facebook page at or visit the UAG website at


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