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Visiting Artist Talks by Creative Couple Sayaka and Christopher Ganz

Photo of Ganz artwork. A work from Sayaka Ganz made from reclaimed materials.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Art welcomes Sayaka and Christopher Ganz for two artist talks to be held in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, April 9-10.

Both talks are at 2 p.m. in room 172. The presentations will focus on their creative process and will share images of their professional work.  

Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Sayaka is a sculptor. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Indiana University-Bloomington. In 2008 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She taught design and drawing courses at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne between 2002 and 2012. Since then, Sayaka has worked as a full time visual artist. Using reclaimed plastic objects as materials, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. Her work is currently on display in an exhibition entitled Metamorphosisat Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska.

Christopher Ganz grew up in Northeast Ohio. Christopher received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at the University of Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at Indiana University in 2001. Christopher is a figurative artist who utilizes repeated images of self in large, cinematic, dehumanized environments filled with art historical references as a critique of power structures. Artists ranging from traditional masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio to twentieth-century artists such as Lucian Freud and Michael Mazur inspire his work. Christopher is now an associate professor of printmaking and drawing at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

For more information about these artist talks, contact Cory Knedler, chair of the Department of Art, at (605) 677 5637.


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.


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