The fall semester highlights include a retrospective exhibition entitled "Both Sides of the River" featuring the artwork of Mel Spinar, a long-time South Dakota artist and educator. During Dakota Days, the Main Gallery will host several events for USD alumni, including an alumni exhibition with works from more than 80 artists who have graduated from the USD Department of Art. Ashley Hope Carlisle, University of Wyoming sculpture professor, will display her work in a solo exhibition, "Dissemination Nation."

The spring semester includes a Graphic Design Invitational and a group exhibition showcasing Kansas City artists, "Black & Blue: Kansas City's Grit & Grace." The spring semester also features the annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition, which is in its 23rd year with Fred Hagstrom, professor of art at Carleton College, serving as the juror for this exhibition.

The Main Gallery at The University of South Dakota is located in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts. The gallery is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. If you have questions about the Main Gallery schedule or other inquires about the University Art Galleries, visit the Galleries’ Web site at or contact Eddie Welch, director of University Art Galleries, at (605) 677-3177 or e-mail

Fall 2009

Both Sides of the River: Mel Spinar Retrospective

Aug. 24 – Sept. 18
Reception: Friday, Sept. 11

USD Department of Art Alumni Exhibition 

Sept. 24 – Oct.16
Reception: Friday, Oct. 9

Dissemination Nation
Oct. 23 – Nov. 25
Reception: Friday, Oct. 23

Art Student Graduation Exhibitions

Nov. 30 – Dec. 19
Receptions: TBA

Spring 2010

“Hello!”: Graphic Design Group Invitational

Jan. 11 – Jan. 29
Reception: Friday, Jan. 22

The 23rd Annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition

Juror: Fred Hagstrom, professor of art, Carleton College

Feb. 5 – Feb. 26
Reception: Friday, Feb. 5

Black & Blue: Kansas City's Grit & Grace

March 2 – March 26
Reception: Friday, March 26

Art Department Student Reviews

Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1

Art Student Graduation Exhibitions

April 6 – May 7
Receptions: TBA

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