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USD faculty award winner focus of 'Outbound, Looking Back' exhibit

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota announces the opening of “Outbound, Looking Back,” an exhibition featuring work by USD Associate Professor of Art Phillip Michael Hook. A video projection exhibit, “Outbound, Looking Back” shows imagery that reflects Hook’s experiences living along the Missouri River.

“‘Outbound, Looking Back’ came about as I began considering how I could extend the discussion I had been following in my work with ‘Beyond Appearances,’ a body of mixed media work on paper that explores my tendency to see the world around me in layers and organize visual information in horizontal ribbons,” said Hook, who received the first UAG Faculty Exhibition Award. “Much of my work has referenced the river through imagery of water, bridges and fields.”

“Outbound, Looking Back,” on display through June 7 at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, includes a closing reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 7 for the artist. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

University Art Galleries established the Faculty Exhibition Award to encourage the development of creative art projects by USD Art Department faculty. Through generous donations from USD alumni, Cathy Palmer and Karen Chesterman, the Faculty Exhibition Award includes a stipend of $1,000 for the artist to generate a new art project for the Day Gallery.

The Day Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on the weekends by special appointment. 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