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USD Student Art on Display at 34th Annual Stilwell Exhibition

An old black and white photo showing students hanging up art. The 34th annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition takes place Jan. 24 - Feb. 21. A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan 24.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The 34th annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition is set for Jan. 24 - Feb. 21, 2020 at the John A. Day Gallery, in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD’s campus.

The 34th Annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition recognizes artistic talent and creative work from University of South Dakota Fine Arts B.F.A. and M.F.A. students. This year’s juror is 2010 USD Department of Art alumnus and sculptor of the Coyote Legacy Sculpture, Cameron Stalheim.

A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 24 from 5-7 p.m. Winners in several art categories will be announced, including the Best of Show, Faculty Award, Art Department Chair’s Award and the Gladys Stilwell Freshman/Sophomore Award. Purchase awards from the president, provost, dean of students, dean of the College of Fine Arts, Carol and Tom Geu, Friends of the Art Gallery and others will also be presented. Student work includes graphic design, photography, ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking and installation.

“This is a very exciting exhibition for the Department of Art," said Amy Fill, interim director of the University Art Galleries. "We received over 250 artworks from over 70 students, and many of the students are submitting work for a juried exhibition for the first time.”

The exhibit is named after USD’s former chair and professor of art, Wilber Stilwell, his wife, Gladys, and the Stilwell family, whose endowment continues to support USD art students. Stilwell joined the USD faculty immediately after receiving his master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1941 and served as a member of the art faculty at USD for 32 years and as department chair for 26 years. His legacy continues to support this annual exhibition.

The John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts is open to the public, free of charge, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1-5 p.m. on weekends. For more information about this exhibition, please contact Amy Fill at


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