VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota Fine Arts alumnus Cameron Stalheim will exhibit his collection of works "As Above, So Below" in the John A. Day Gallery, located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, from Dec.18-Jan. 17. A closing reception will be held for Stalheim on Jan.17 from 5-7 p.m.
Stalheim is a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, native and is currently living and producing artwork in Sioux Falls. He graduated from USD in 2010 with a B.F.A. in sculpture, and he received his M.F.A. from Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. Stalheim was awarded the commission to create “Legacy," the coyote statue for USD in 2012, and “Arise,” a bronze sculpture, for the Good Samaritan Society National Campus in Sioux Falls.
Stalheim is best known for his queer, hyper-realistic depictions of mythological and fantastical creatures. His methods are as varied as his subjects, utilizing traditional sculptural techniques alongside new age digital applications. The resulting pieces have been described as bizarre yet beautiful, campy yet thoughtful. Stalheim’s sculptural work gives the false impression of the familiar while being utterly foreign in the everyday experience. Interested in macabre imagery and mental health, Stalheim regularly imparts a sense of humor and sensuality into his work.
His awards and honors include a 2018 South Dakota Arts Council Artist Career Development grant, the 2012 People’s Choice Award, Sculpt Sioux Land, Sioux City, Iowa, and his work was chosen for the 2018 Sculpture Walk, Sioux Falls.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibition or gallery related questions, please contact Interim Director Amy.Fill@usd.edu or visit the University Art Galleries website.