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Graduate Students Present Graduation Exhibition

Image Jacob Dugas Now I Am Jacob Dugas' "Now I Am" that will be on display April 4-8 on the USD campus with works by fellow MFA graduate Klaire B. L. Pearson.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Jacob Dugas and Klaire B. L. Pearson, graduate students at the University of South Dakota, will present their Masters of Fine Arts graduation exhibition, “Perception: Perspective” at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee College of Fine Arts from Monday, April 4, through Friday, April 8.

"Perception: Perspective" features a combination of prints and monumental paintings. Dugas' large-scaled silkscreen prints demonstrate the relationships between people and the congested world. His subjects participate in a world of constant connection where a moment in the "real" world is not just an isolated experience; everything is intertwined, fractal, and time itself cannot stand still.

Pearson's life-sized oil paintings feature disgruntled women in domestic spaces. These representational portraits show women wearing a combination of modest clothing and provocative footwear to highlight the contrasting expectations women are expected to fulfill in our culture.

The exhibition is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A reception with surprise entertainment will be held 6-8 p.m. on Friday, and the artwork on display will be available for the public to purchase.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News