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B.F.A. exhibition ‘Parts of Us, Apart from Us’ featured at USD’s John A. Day Gallery

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A Bachelor of Fine Arts graduation exhibition, “Parts of Us, Apart from Us,” by Alison Galbraith, Elizabeth Nehlich, Calvin La Brie, Youngjae Kim and Erin Mathisen will be on display at the John A. Day Gallery at USD, Dec. 2-12. The show features the students’ artwork from the University of South Dakota.

Galbraith, from Sioux Falls, S.D., studied art for the past four and a half years with an emphasis in Photography. Her work includes experimental film work, mixed media, and abstract images. Combining her love of Photography and Film, Alison's dream career is to be a Director of Photography for films/television/commercials.

Nehlich, from Aberdeen, S.D., will graduate in May 2015 with a B.F.A. in Painting and a minor in Art History. Her work presses against the boundaries of what most would consider painting and perhaps even Fine Art. After graduation, Elizabeth plans on attending graduate school and hopes to curate in a museum or gallery space one day.

La Brie, from Yankton, S.D., studied art and design during the last four and a half years. La Brie is passionate about design and the influence it has on our everyday life. His current work starts a conversation on the history, stories and connections behind the objects we hold on to.

Kim, from South Korea, studied art for the past five years with an emphasis in Printmaking. His work includes the combination of two different Printmaking media, which are Screen Printing and Lithography. His current body of work narrates his cultural background and more specifically, a history and relationship between Korea and Japan.

Mathisen, from Atlantic, Iowa, studied art for four and half years with an emphasis in Ceramics. She is interested in sculpting the human form with clay using a variety of explored techniques and processes. Her current body of work expresses personal narratives through figures sculpted in sleeping positions with added symbolic imagery extracted from dreams.

The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 12.  A reception for the artists is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact Cory Knedler, chair of the department of art, at (605) 677-5637 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, 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