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Day Gallery at USD hosts ‘Welcome: An M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition’

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts will present artwork by University of South Dakota students Lynn Verschoor, Paul Kaloper and Jeff Ballard in the exhibition, “Welcome: An M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition.” The artwork will be on display April 28 through May 10 with an opening reception for the artists scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at the John A. Day Gallery.

Ballard grew up outside of Sioux Falls, S.D. He received his B.A. in painting in 2011 from the University of Sioux Falls. His work includes large scale figure paintings combined with abstract diagrams and a video installation.

Verschoor is from Brookings, S.D. where she is the director of the South Dakota Art Museum. Over the last 25 years she has been engaged in the museum industry and creating and exhibiting her artwork. This exhibition showcases her interest in the science of art and art of science as portrayed through botanical sculptures created from mixed media.

Kaloper relocated from the Los Angeles, Calif. area to study at USD. His work aims to raise questions about perceptions, evaluations and contemporary American apathy. His M.F.A. thesis exhibition, "Crayon Drawings," is an examination of artistic commitment and cultivation.

“Welcome: An MFA Thesis Exhibition” is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 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