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University Art Galleries presents an exhibit by USD alum Lowell Tolstedt

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota presents the art of alumni Lowell Tolstedt in Gallery 110 through Feb. 14.

Tolstedt earned a B.F.A. degree from the University of South Dakota and his M.A. degree in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa. He was dean of the division of fine arts at The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio for 24 years. Tolstedt has had many solo exhibitions as well as participated in two-man and group exhibitions nationally. In addition, he has been awarded prestigious fellowships, from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Ohio Arts Council.

Tolstedt is known for his exquisite drawings done in silverpoint, gold point and colored pencil. His works range from intimate to mural in scale. His subjects, chosen from everyday life and experience, are investigated with a sensitive and penetrating intellect. His drawings are often iconic presentations, simultaneously recalling the American tradition of still-life painting and engaging the viewer with contemporary questions about the fundamental relationship between reality, perception, abstraction and creation.

Gallery 110 is located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. To learn more about the University Art Galleries at USD, please visit our website at or like the Facebook page 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, 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