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USD Alumnus Cameron Stalheim's 'As Above, So Below' on Display at Day Gallery

Cameron Stalheim sculpture USD alumnus Cameron Stalheim's work from his collection "As Above, So Below" will be on display in the Day Gallery Dec. 18 - Jan. 17.

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 or visit the University Art Galleries 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