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BHSU Ruddell Gallery exhibits collaboration of three South Dakota artists

 
 
 The newest exhibit at Black Hills State University’s Ruddell Gallery features the debut of the first series of collaborative work of three South Dakota artists. The exhibit, titled Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux, runs through Feb. 7.
The newest exhibit at Black Hills State University’s Ruddell Gallery features the debut of the first series of collaborative work of three South Dakota artists. The exhibit, titled Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux, runs through Feb. 7 with an artist talk in Woodburn 309 Thursday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. During the talk the three artists will present a slideshow on their collaboration and process.

Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux consists of work from local artists Jerry Fogg, Chad Nelson and Chris Francis. Their ongoing collaboration stems from a mutual friendship and appreciation of one another’s work and process. Each of the artists draws heavily from a unique narrative background and approach toward their work, crafting stories and drawing relationships within each piece. These pieces represent the beginning of their collaboration.

Fogg, a Yankton Sioux tribal artist, uses materials from native culture to create one-of-a-kind works of art that tell a story. Fogg, Ihanktowan Nakota Sioux Oyate, was born in Los Angeles and attended Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau and Dakota State College in Madison. Growing up on the Crow Creek Reservation, Fogg had many opportunities to observe and experience the openness of the country. This allowed him the freedom to choose which direction he wished to pursue and to explore different ideas associated with his surroundings. Fogg is a self-taught artist who began pursuing his artistic passions in high school and was inspired by the works of many Native American artists. His work consists of exceptionally detailed pencil drawings as well as paintings and mixed-media pieces that bring together many different traditional and contemporary Native American themes.

Nelson is a printmaker and art educator from the Sioux Falls area. He works as an art teacher at Brandon Valley High School and as an artist-in-residence in the Augustana College Printmaking Department. Nelson’s roots in fine art and craft run deep. His father studied art in college and is an accomplished woodworker, and his mother works in needlepoint, quilting and sewing. While taking a printmaking graduate course at Augustana, Nelson’s prolific production of prints began, producing 10 editions in a single semester. Over the last two years, Nelson has also studied printmaking at the Frogman’s Press workshops in Vermillion. At Frogman’s, Nelson has studied with some of America’s top printmakers including Tom Huck, Bill Fick, Art Werger, and Deborah Mae Broad.

Francis, originally from Eastern Iowa, works with a mixed-media appreciation constantly skirting a line between painting and assemblage with an emphasis on exploring mechanical elements. He is a past recipient of a South Dakota Artist Project Grant for his ongoing abstract work in portraying the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary (or K-T Boundary) in the Badlands of Western South Dakota. The K-T Boundary is the transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods of geologic time characterized by the mass extinction of many forms of life including the dinosaurs.

Francis is also known for his many collaborative projects including his efforts in establishing “Into the Dark – Artists Exploring Dark Matter” with the Sanford Underground Research Facility and the Lead Deadwood Arts Council. Francis has shown his work in numerous venues across several states including at The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, as part of “Lillian L. Brand’s Legacy: The First 10 Years of the Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Program.”

The Ruddell Gallery is located on the second floor of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union and is open during the Union’s regular business hours. All shows are free of charge. For more information, contact James Knutson or David Wilson at 605.642.6706 or the Student Union information center at 605.642.6062.

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