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

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