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BHSU welcomes new yellow jacket sculpture

Tony Chytka, artist and 1977 graduate of Black Hills State University, recently created a bronze sculpture of BHSU’s mascot, Sting. The piece was made possible by the Alice Wiggins Dunn endowment within the BHSU Foundation. The bronze sculpture, which rests on a steel base, serves as a focal point to the entrance of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

A new bronze sculpture of the Black Hills State University mascot, Sting, now adorns the front entrance to the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

The bronze sculpture was completed by local artist and 1977 BHSU art graduate, Tony Chytka.

The Sting sculpture, which is made of bronze and sits on a steel base, took Chytka four months to create. According to Chytka, who is more of a contemporary western sculptor, “It was a nice change of pace from my usual type of work and was a lot of fun to make.” Chytka, owner of Chytka Bronzes, added that it was a unique project for him since he is an alum.

The sculpture was funded by the Alice Wiggins Dunn endowment within the BHSU Foundation. Dunn, wife of nationally known artist Lyndle Dunn, left the BHSU Foundation $200,000 in the early 90s. The donation was earmarked to purchase artwork for the campus or to support the library. This is the third piece of artwork purchased by the gift. The other two pieces are a Termesphere by local artist and alumni and art instructor Dick Termes and an original art piece from local artist, former professor, and alumni Dick Dubois. Both pieces are currently displayed in the BHSU library.

“Alice would be very pleased with the art pieces we have acquired for this campus,” says Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement. “Art meant the world to her and Lyndle. Our library staff was very helpful to Alice, and therefore she wanted to return the favor and leave behind a legacy.” In addition to the $200,000 gift, in 1968, the University library received Lyndle’s studio materials and wildlife paintings valued at $211,000.

In reflecting on the Sting sculpture he created for BHSU, Chytka said, “It looks pretty awesome as you come in to the front entrance and provides a good centerpiece.”

The first of a limited number of miniature replicas will be sold at the Black Hills State University 21st Annual Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Auction which will be held June 26 at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club in Spearfish, S.D.

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