About the Artists
Richard DuBois is the co-founder of the Northern Plains Watercolor Society and has served on the Board of Directors since it's inception in 1993. In addition to his studio work, he participates in and conducts professional workshops in watercolor. He has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions and has juried competitions and invitational shows. His work is in permanent collections throughout the United States and is represented by galleries in the Midwest.
DuBois has received numerous awards throughout the years for his work. His most recent awards include the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Award for Liberal Arts Professional, 2004, BHSU Alumni Association's 2005 Excellence in Education Award, and the Gold Medal Award in the 2006 Northern Plains Watercolor Society Annual Competition.
Tony Chytka is a cowboy artist whose art reflects his life experience - he’s a rancher and former champion bull rider. Tony’s large bronze of rodeo great T.C. Holloway was recently installed in the center of historic Deadwood, S.D.
He created four of the six large bronzes on display in the sculpture garden at the Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame. His life-size bronze of rodeo legend Casey Tibbs was installed at the dedication of the Casey Tibbs Foundation and Museum in Ft. Pierre, S.D. In 1995, he created a bronze steer wrestler sculpture that was displayed in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo, and is on permanent display in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. His sculptures have been featured on The George Michael Sports Machine, Ducks Unlimited, Make a Wish Foundation, and the Calgary Stampede. Tony has also been named Artist of the Year by the South Dakota Western Heritage Hall of Fame.
In May of 2010, Tony created a bronze sculpture of the BHSU mascot, Sting, which now adorns the front entrance to the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.