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J. Steven Manolis "Painting Vermillion Red" Closing Reception Oct. 6

PHoto of J. Steven Manolis. The J. Steven Manolis’ “Painting Vermillion Red” art exhibition will host a closing reception Friday, Oct. 6.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The J. Steven Manolis “Painting Vermillion Red” art exhibition will host a closing reception at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the University of South Dakota campus from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6.

The “Painting Vermillion Red” art exhibit features the work of USD alumnus J. Steven Manolis, the 2017 Dakota Days parade grand marshal, who has donated seven paintings to USD, which are valued at $550,000, including one work made up of four canvases that reaches 7 feet high and 36 feet long. The paintings can be viewed in the Beacom School of Business, the Muenster University Center, and the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts. Prior to the closing reception, an official ceremony honoring Manolis’ donation will occur Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Muenster University Center.

Additionally, there will be an art critics symposium Thursday, Oct 5, from 7-8 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery, which will feature nationally renowned experts Anthony Haden-Guest, Bruce Helander and Elizabeth Sobieski for a panel discussion about contemporary art and the art of J. Steven Manolis.

For more information on the work of J. Steven Manolis, please visit the Fine Arts website.


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