VERMILLION, S.D. -- The 26th annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition begins Friday, Feb. 8 and runs through Thursday, Feb. 28 at the University of South Dakota’s John A. Day Gallery.
Sponsored by University Art Galleries and the USD Department of Art, the annual juried student art show recognizes artistic talent and creative work from USD students. Winners in several art categories have been announced, including “Best in Show” to Nate Bucholz for “untitled: Working on cars with my dad inspired this piece” (2013); and honorable mention to students Paul Kaloper for “Untitled (The Economy)” (2012), Calvin LaBrie for “Mercury” (2012) and Jennifer Padgett for “Wooly Land” (2012). The Gladys Ferree Stilwell Freshman/Sophomore Award was awarded to David Langner for “In Between Dreams” (2013).
The annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition is supported by an endowment established in l987 and honors Wilber Stilwell’s commitment to art education. Stilwell, who joined the USD faculty immediately after receiving his master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1941, served on the department of art faculty at USD for 32 years and as department chair for 26 years. The exhibit is named for Stilwell and his wife, Gladys.
The John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts is open free of charge to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tours and special showings during non-public hours are available upon request. For more information about this exhibition, please contact the University Art Galleries Director Alison Erazmus at (605) 677-3177 or Alison.Erazmus@usd.edu.