VERMILLION, S.D. – The University Art Galleries will be holding a closing reception in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on Friday, Jan. 19, from 5-7 p.m. for the exhibition, “Wade Patton: Home.” Patton was the 2017 Northern Plains Indian Artist-in-Residence at the University of South Dakota.
“Patton’s deep affinity and reverence for the South Dakota landscape is evident in his artwork. I am so pleased to be able to share this work at the University of South Dakota and look forward to welcoming community members from Vermillion and the surrounding area at the reception on Friday,” said Kate Skelly, director of University Art Galleries.
An enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, Patton grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University, he decided to pursue opportunities on the east coast. While living away from South Dakota, he began expressing what he missed from home in his artwork, the beauty and splendor of the Black Hills and the skies of South Dakota. Patton returned to South Dakota after realizing that he needed to pursue his art in the place where he finds the most inspiration.
The event is free and open to the public. The John A. Day Gallery features 15-18 exhibitions annually. With over 185 feet of linear wall space and nearly 2,900 square feet, the gallery space also hosts receptions, lectures, art auctions and various art educational events and functions for the fine arts programs and for the USD community and the City of Vermillion public.