The Badlands Art Association will host its 51st Annual Fall Art Show Nov. 12-14 in the Roosevelt Hotel’s Grand Dakota Ballroom, featuring a three-day regional art show featuring clay pottery, oil paintings, watercolours, pencil/pen sketches and photography.
“The 51st Annual Badlands Art Show is an open exhibit. An “open” show means you don’t need to pass a judge to enter the show. The BAA is a small group; it is our major event of the year. We are doing the show to provide artists of all skill levels the opportunity to showcase their work and give the public a chance to see the wide range of art being created in our region,” according to the BAA.
The BAA will present its 51st annual award preview show from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, November 12 at the Grand Dakota Lodge at the Roosevelt Hotel, Dickinson. Meanwhile, the public will have their first chance to see the newly judged artwork at the 51st Annual Fall Art Show.
The professional prizes will be first to third place in the following categories: acrylic painting, dimensional art, drawing, mixed media, oil painting, pastel painting, photography and watercolor. The amateur prizes will also be ranked from first to third, but in the categories photography, painting/mixed media, drawing/pastel and dimensional art. The student show will also have winners ranked according to the performers’ grades at school.
The fall show will feature distinguished awards beyond first through third and honorable mention ribbons. In adult divisions, to honor two of BAA’s founding members, two new awards will be presented: the Jacqueline (Jackie) Church Award and the Beverly (Bev) Haas Award. These ribbons will be determined by representatives of the Church and Haas families.
During the award preview, audiences will have the opportunity to vote for one of the show’s most prestigious awards, the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is voted by the public as the best work of art in the series.
The other prestigious award is the Best of Show ribbon which is chosen by the judges as the best artwork of the entire fall show. In the student division, four Austin Cole Awards, one in each grade level, will again be awarded in honor of the grandson of former BAA president, Edee Steckler, who died in 1999 of an inherited metabolic defect. In the student division, there will also be five prizes in the Artful Natural Earth competition; mammals, reptiles or amphibians; birds; insects; plants and flowers; and Aquatic Life along with the usual First to Third Honorable Mention ribbons.
Music will be provided throughout the award preview by Michael Stevenson on piano. Stevenson, who is a well-known local artist, is a retired choir and theater director from Dickinson High School. The BAA will also provide hors d’oeuvres accompanied by red and white wines for those attending the preview of the award; there will also be punch and cookies. Art show judges Louise Zeller, of Dickinson, and Bonny Olson, of Billings, Mont., will be on hand to give reviews to the entered artists and to answer questions.
Visitors to the preview of the prize will also be able to participate in a silent auction of the works of art on sale within the framework of the fair. The minimum bid is the artist’s asking price and all bid slips must be delivered at the preview night, winners will be notified of their winning bid on Saturday November 13th.
There will be a silent auction on November 12 for a wide range of donated baskets and artistic gifts. This auction will continue throughout the following day and will end at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 13.
The 51st Annual Fall Art Show will resume from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, then from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 14. The entire art exhibition, including the preview, is free.
In addition, the BAA organizes an art exhibition for students from kindergarten to terminale. Entry forms for the student exhibit are coordinated by school systems and local art departments in the Southwest region. Homeschoolers and other interested individuals can access a student form on the BAA website
Within the BAA’s 2021 Student Show, there is a new category, Artful Natural Earth Contest ND 2021. The competition is open to all students participating in the BAA Student Art Show. Their artwork can be in any medium and any size, but it should be framed or matted and ready to hang. The works of art will be hung in the level divisions of the BAA Student Show and will be identified by a card attached to the entrance. All artwork must depict species native to the United States and be found in North Dakota. Each student may submit only one work of art for this competition. Artwork can fall into one of five categories: mammals, reptiles, or amphibians; birds; insects; plants and flowers; aquatic life. A $50 prize will be awarded in each of the five categories. More details about the competition and entry requirements can be found at