It’s the unique way humankind and nature collide that most inspires Black Hills State University
 Steve Babbitt
Steve Babbitt's photo "Out House" was selected for the first juried exhibition at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.
professor of photography Steve Babbitt’s photos.

“I rarely take photos of just landscapes. My most successful photos are ones where men and nature come together in an unusually ironic or humorous way,” said Babbitt.  His photo “Out House” depicts that.  The photograph is currently on display at the first juried exhibition at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

The show, which runs through Dec. 2, 2012, features 60 works of art selected from 508 entries from 183 artists. All of the exhibited art features an exploration of the natural world in the themes and ideas, materials and construction, and imagery and subject matter presented.
The Sioux Falls exhibit is just one of several exhibits this fall featuring Babbitt’s work.  His photo “Rebar” was selected for the 2012 Center Forward show in Fort Collins, Colo. This international exhibit featured photographers’ depiction of the complex, ever-changing modern world. That same photo was also selected for the eighth annual Art of Photography show at the San Diego Art Institute.

Babbitt’s photo “Children” where he captured a group of Chicago kids cooling off from the summer heat is currently on tour with the South Dakota Governors Fifth Biennial Art Exhibition. This is the third time Babbitt’s work has been featured with the Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition.

The show features a diverse exhibit of artwork from South Dakota artists. The project’s mission is to recognize and encourage South Dakota artists to promote and celebrate the cultural and artistic heritage and future of South Dakota.

The show started at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City and is now at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings through the end of January 2013. The exhibit will end its tour at the Washington Pavilion.

An exceptional photographer who has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of the mass communications program at BHSU, Babbitt has an impressive background in fine arts photography and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from San Francisco Art Institute. He has been teaching photography at BHSU since 1994. In recent years, Babbitt has expanded his photography expertise to commercial, architectural and industrial photography.