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'Meraki' Student Exhibition on Display at Day Gallery

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota Fine Arts students Molly Edgerton, Marina Kremer, Charlee Riker, Sydney Schake and Ashley Zimmer will present their graduation exhibition, “Meraki,” at the John A. Day Gallery, located in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, April 22-26. The closing reception for the show will be on April 26 from 5–7 p.m. and will celebrate the featured artwork that was created during the girls’ time at USD.

Molly Edgerton is an art education major/art history minor with a studio specialization in ceramics from Lake Mills, Iowa. Edgerton plans to look for a full-time art teaching career at the secondary level post-graduation, with hopes of pursuing her master’s degree in the near future.

Marina Kremer is an art education major with a studio specialization in printmaking from Iona, Minnesota. She looks forward to receiving her certification in education to pursue a teaching career while selling her artwork and sharing the possibilities of art with everyday people.

Charlee Riker is receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in photography and a minor in art history. Riker is from Rapid City, South Dakota, and she is looking forward to furthering her education in art history as part of her future plans.

Sydney Schake is from Cottonwood, Minnesota, and she will be graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. Schake plans to begin her career after graduation working towards branding and package design.

Ashley Zimmer is an art education major/psychology minor with a studio specialization in painting from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Zimmer recently got accepted into a dual degree program for Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, beginning Fall 2019, and she hopes to also get a teaching job around the Sioux Falls area.

“Meraki” is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about this exhibition, please contact Amy Fill, University Art Galleries director, at 605-658-3437 or


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