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M.F.A. show ‘Temporal Impermanence’ features work of USD printmaker and sculptor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Art presents the exhibition “Temporal Impermanence” featuring the work of USD students Jay Wallace and Tom Dahlseid, candidates for Master of Fine Arts degrees this May.

A closing exhibition for the artists is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28 at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

Wallace, who received his undergraduate degree from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, has focused his prints upon the modern ruins and intimate decay of Detroit, Mich. Serving as documentation, the artwork provides a personal reflection upon the spirit of place, providing links to public consciousness by addressing environmental and societal issues of urban decay.

Dahlseid will graduate this spring after three years of studying sculpture at USD. In his work, Dahlseid explores cycles of life and death in nature. Using found wood, steel, thread, and an array of other materials, he contrasts the temporality of natural objects with the permanence of manmade materials and the relationships they share. Before attending USD, Dahlseid received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.

“Temporal Impermanence” is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Day Gallery. For more information, please contact gallery director Alison Erazmus at, or (605) 677-3177.


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, Knudson 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