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USD Hosts Art Critics Symposium Oct. 5

Photo of Steven Manolis USD will host three nationally renowned art critics for a panel discussion about contemporary art and the art of J. Steven Manolis Oct. 5.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the J. Steven Manolis “Painting Vermillion Red” art exhibit, will host three nationally renowned art critics for a symposium Oct. 5.

The event, hosted from 7-8 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, will feature Anthony Haden-Guest, Bruce Helander and Elizabeth Sobieski for a panel discussion about contemporary art and the art of J. Steven Manolis.

Haden-Guest is a writer, cartoonist and art critic who splits his time between New York and London. Famous for his wit and humor, his writings have appeared in the Financial Times and New Yorker.

Helander is an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist whose specialty is collage and assemblages. His work is in over fifty museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

Sobieski is a freelance writer specializing in the arts. She is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and has written for publications including The New York Post, Cosmopolitan, Avenue, and Automobile, and was a Contributing Editor to The Art Economist.

The “Painting Vermillion Red” art exhibit features the work of USD alumnus J. Steven Manolis 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.

There will be an official ceremony honoring Manolis’ donation to occur Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Muenster University Center with a closing reception to follow at 4-6 p.m. in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts. For more information, please visit the John A. Day Gallery 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