For Immediate Release: December 14, 2023
South Dakota’s Governor's 10th Biennial Art Exhibition Concludes Statewide Tour in Rapid City
Show featuring 75 works of art by 69 South Dakota artists opens December 15th at the Dahl Arts Center.
RAPID CITY, SD – The Rapid City Arts Council is pleased to announce the opening of the South Dakota Governor’s 10th Biennial Art Exhibition at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, SD. This showcase of South Dakota artists will be open to the public from December 15, 2023, through March 30, 2024, in the Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery. An artists’ reception will be held on March 29, 2024, from 5-7pm. This reception at the Dahl is free and open to the public, no registration is required to attend.
The Biennial Art Exhibition features a collection of 75 artworks representing 69 South Dakota artists. Noah Gieger, the curator and gallery director at the Dahl Arts Center spoke to the process of selection.“The 10th Biennial Governor's Art Exhibition is known for bringing statewide arts institutions together,” Geiger said, “The Biennial is curated by each of the four institutions that jury the work, including the Rapid City Arts Council, the University of South Dakota, the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, and the South Dakota Art Museum. It then becomes an exhibition based upon their collaboration to present an expansive contemporary exhibition of South Dakota artists. The Dahl Arts Center serves as the fourth and only West River location for the show, providing a unique opportunity to connect the Black Hills to the diverse artistic communities from across the state.”
Established in 2003, the South Dakota Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition aims to encourage and recognize South Dakota artists working today while promoting the artistic identity of the state. Governor Kristi Noem explained, “The Biennial Art Exhibition is the premier showcase for South Dakota’s impressive artists. The unique history and culture of our state is often best demonstrated through art.” Governor Noem continued, “I hope that every person who visits this year’s Biennial will feel a sense of pride in the work of our state’s accomplished artists.”
The exhibition features works by Spearfish artist and educator J. Desy Schoenewies. About the exhibition, Schoenewies said, “It's an honor to be juried for the South Dakota Governor's Biennial because of the exhibit's high recognition and reach. Each Biennial exhibit offers a new opportunity to view a cohesive profile of contemporary artists across South Dakota.” Other West River artists exhibiting in the Biennial include Michael Baum, Chris Benson, Susan Drey, Becky Grismer, Dennis Linn, Tim Peterson, Daniel Tackett, Tenyoh, Tonna Zieske, and others.
As part of its arts education mission, the Rapid City Arts Council will acquire two pieces from the Biennial for the permanent art collection housed at the Dahl Arts Center. The collection includes more than 300 works of regional significance. Pieces by J. Desy Schoeneweis and Paul Peterson will expand the representation of contemporary artists who have lived and worked in the Rapid City area. The acquisition was funded with support provided by the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. The permanent collection will be exhibited at the Dahl Arts Center starting in June of 2024.
The public can view the South Dakota Governor’s 10th Biennial Art Exhibition at the Dahl Arts Center Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free thanks to generous support of donors and members of the Dahl Arts Center and with funds from the City of Rapid City.
WHO: Rapid City Arts Council
WHAT: The South Dakota Governor’s 10th Biennial Art Exhibition
EXHIBIT DATES: 12.15.2023 - 03.30.2024
ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: March 29, 2024 | 5-7pm
WHERE: Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery, Dahl Arts Center
Rapid City Arts Council
The mission of the Rapid City Arts Council (RCAC) is to champion inclusive, innovative, and inspiring arts opportunities to enrich the communities we serve. This organization was founded in 1968 by visionary artists and art enthusiasts, and in 1987, RCAC became the official partner in expanding the city’s arts and cultural resources. Since 1974, RCAC has been the proud steward of the Dahl Arts Center (thedahl.org), a civic resource owned by the City of Rapid City. RCAC is dedicated to advocating for the arts and amplifying the artistic voices of the region and offers a wide range of public arts programs, including exhibitions, live performances, and educational classes. This important work is made possible through the generous contributions of individual donors and organizations including the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, John T. Vucurevich Foundation, South Dakota Community Foundation, and the South Dakota Arts Council with funds from the State of South Dakota through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Rapid City Arts Council and the Dahl Arts Center are located at 713 7th St in Downtown Rapid City. The center is open from Monday to Saturday, between 10 am and 5 pm and admission is free. Learn more at rapidcityartscouncil.org.