The inspirational work of longtime Black Hills State University professor and watercolor artist Richard (Dick) DuBois is on display at the University Center-Rapid City.
DuBois began teaching art at BHSU in 1969. During his tenure at BHSU, he inspired many students and earned a vast array of awards for his artwork and teaching abilities. DuBois retired in 2004, but continued to paint and teach at the University level, including as an adjunct at the UC-RC until he died in May.
The exhibit includes 11 framed pieces of DuBois’ work, photos of DuBois in his studio, and information on his accomplishments during his career. The exhibit will be on display at the UC-RC until mid-November.
“He left a very big impression on the University,” said Gene Bilodeau, executive director of the UC-RC. “There were a number of students and staff that talked about their relationship with Dick as an instructor, a colleague, and a friend. To be able to put together an exhibit portraying who Dick was and what he meant to the students, faculty and staff is an honor.”
Bilodeau added that as a well-known artist in South Dakota, he expects DuBois’ work to be of interest to many people in the state and region.
Plans are being made for a community open house for the DuBois exhibit.
Many of the pieces on display include wildlife such as horses, buffalo and elk, but there are also paintings of people and water.
“There’s something in it for everybody,” Bilodeau said. “He was very versatile in his paintings.”
He noted that his favorite piece, “Night Mares,” which is on the exhibit, uses a beautiful combination of colors from dark blue to white.
“He has very beautiful work. It’s in the way he melts different colors together,” Bilodeau said. “He had quite a talent.”
Dustin Hinson, assistant professor of mass communication at the UC-RC, spearheaded the exhibit project. The mass communication department at BHSU also helped prepare the exhibit.
“It’s an honor. Dick was a wonderful guy, a great artist and an inspiration to many in Western South Dakota,” said Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication at BHSU. “His work speaks for itself. He is sorely missed and was greatly loved.”