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'Fair Winds and Following Seas' on Display in John A. Day Gallery through Sept. 24

A photo of the Fair Winds exhibition. The sailboat is suspended from the ceiling. The mural can be seen in the background. The "Fair Winds and Following Seas" exhibit will be on display in the John A. Day Gallery now through Sept. 24.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Art Galleries is proud to announce the “Fair Winds and Following Seas” exhibition will be on display in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts now through Sept. 24. A closing reception will be held on Sept. 24 from 5-7 p.m.

“Fair Winds and Following Seas” is an immersive exhibition that includes works from the USD Art Galleries permanent collection of 1930s Works Progress Administration (WPA) Era etchings and lithographs centering on the theme of sailing, a handcrafted Lug Rig Sail boat created by USD Professor of Educational Psychology, Harry Freeman, a video of Harry and Grace Freeman sailing on the Missouri river created by Byron Banasiak and a mural scene painted by gallery assistant Courtney LaVallie.

“We are fortunate to hold a wonderful permanent collection of artworks that provide so many curatorial opportunities for exploring exhibition design and community engagement,” said Amy Fill, director of University Art Galleries. “Our USD and Vermillion communities are robust with creative artists and craft persons that are working outside of the gallery space. It is exciting and an honor to include works from creators like Harry Freeman. His insight and experience with sailing provides another layer of information and knowledge to the etchings and prints that are exhibited alongside his sailboat.”

“Fair Winds and Following Seas” is open now through Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday- Friday. The closing reception will feature a gallery talk with Harry Freeman and is free and open to the public.


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
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