DICKINSON – From local galleries to life-size murals, a community full of artistic expression is more often than not a community focused on its culture. Research has shown that cities that emphasize the arts have more civic and social engagement, and supporting local artists injects approximately $60 billion into the national economy each year.
The Badlands Art Gallery, located at Dickinson State University on the lower level of Klinefelter Hall, is doing its part to continue to promote and showcase the many talented artists in southwestern North Dakota.
As part of this mission, the Badlands Art Association will host its exhibition “Artists From the Prairie” from August 24th to September 24th. The month-long exhibit showcases a wide array of talented artists from southwestern North Dakota.
Among the many exhibits, attendees will see the work of Greg Walter, Kay Burian, Darice Taylor, Laureen Evans, Linda Little, Tod Winter, Cherie Roshau, Weston Voss, Janelle Stoneking, Marie Snavely, Twig Zahn, Dustin Young, Chris Herald, Anna Ellerkamp and Fr. Llewellyn Kouba. This list is not exhaustive, as other artists may also be featured as the gallery continues through September.
Newspapers have been an integral part of American life since its inception. From providing readers with news and opinions about their local community, to helping clean windows, wrapping gifts and even lining the bottoms of birdcages. But for more than 100 years, newspapers have evolved into something bigger: artistic expression. Stoneking’s work is renowned for his use of newspapers and will be one of many unique exhibits highlighted.
From newspapers to spray paint, a wide range of mediums will be on full display, as many featured artists work across a wide range of options. The exhibition will feature oil paint, watercolour, sculpture, spray paint and pottery among others. As a bonus, each artist was invited to post an artist statement outlining their art style or philosophy alongside their art.
The opening hours of the gallery are Wednesday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Badlands Art Association will also be holding its 52nd Annual Fall Art Show at Prairie Hills Mall, November 11-17. This will be the first year that the Badlands Art Association has held its annual event at its new venue, which they say will allow the show to run for seven days – longer than the typical three days in years past.
“The BAA hopes this will allow more viewers to access the exhibition and have more space to display artwork,” said Jan Stromsborg of the Badlands Art Association. “The Badlands 52nd Art Show is an open show. An “open” show means you don’t have to pass a judge to get on the show.
The annual fall show is the first event of the year for the organization, which relies on the support of the local community to continue showcasing incredible local talent.
“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,” Stromsborg said. “The seven-day regional fine art fair showcases many different mediums including clay pottery, oil paints, watercolors, pencil/pen sketches and photography.”
The show will have three divisions titled, amateur, professional and student. Aspiring artists can participate in the Badlands Art Show by submitting a call for entries form listing their artistic creations. Application forms for adult divisions have been mailed to members of the Badlands Art Association, but are not limited to membership. Entry forms can be picked up at JP FrameShop, Dickinson Public Library, Badlands Art Gallery, The Dickinson Press or printed online at badlandsarts.com/annual-show/.
Entry forms must be mailed by October 21 to be considered.
For the K-12 student art exhibit, entry forms are coordinated by the local Southwest region school systems and various art departments. Homeschoolers interested in participating can pick up a form at JP Frameshop, Dickinson Public Library,
Badlands Art Gallery, The Dickinson Press or print out a form from the BAA website at badlandsarts.com/.
The student art exhibit is open to all school-aged children and can be in any medium and size, but must be framed or matted and ready to hang. Artwork hung in grade divisions of the BAA Student Show will need to be identified with a 4×6 sheet attached to entry.
Further details and entry requirements can be found on the BAA website badlandsarts.com/.