The annual juried student art show recognizes artistic talent and creative work from USD’s College of Fine Arts students. This year’s juror is Henry Payer. Payer taught at the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute in 2015 at USD. He has been awarded Best of Show at the annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market in 2014 and 2011 and Best of Division: Two Dimensional at the 2016 Fourth Annual Native POP: People of the Plains.

A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m. Winners in several art categories will be announced, including the Best of Show, Faculty Award, Art Department Chair’s Award, Gallery Director’s Award, College of Fine Arts Dean’s Award and the Gladys Stilwell Freshman/Sophomore Award. The ceremony is open to the public and free of charge.

“We have some of the most talented artists state-wide in our program” Amy Fill, interim gallery director, explained. “The variety of creative expression, as well as the uniqueness each student demonstrates in his or her work, will, without a doubt, present an exciting challenge for Mr. Montileaux when selecting our award recipients.”

The exhibit is named after USD’s former chair and professor of art Wilber Stilwell, his wife, Gladys and the Stilwell family, who continue to provide support for the exhibition. 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.

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

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