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 Jessica Hill, graphic design and business major from Bowman, N.D., was one of several Black Hills State University students who designed an original vinyl toy to be auctioned next month.
 
 Several BHSU students and art professors designed vinyl toys that will be auctioned off during an event at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City Saturday, May 4 at 6 p.m.
Several Black Hills State University students and art professors are using their creativity to raise money for local youth arts programs. The group has spent the last several weeks creating original Kidrobot vinyl toy designs.

The BHSU toys along with more than 100 more from community artists of all ages will be auctioned off during the “All My Plastic Peoples” art show and auction at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City Saturday, May 4 from 6-9 p.m.

“The projects are fabulous and all students involved have donated their time, and money, to work on the figures to raise money for the Find A Way collective which serves youth arts initiatives in the Black Hills,” according to Desy Schoenewies, BHSU assistant professor of art.

She said the vinyl toy designs have been a popular art movement within the last decade. It’s a blend of art and toys that appeals to both toy and art enthusiasts. Today, vinyl toys can be found in local hobby shops and game stores, Schoenewies said.

Jessica Hill, a graphic design and business major from Bowman, N.D., said she decided to donate her time to create her vinyl toy because it was something she had never done before and it supported the local youth arts initiative

Students chose from seven different blank do-it-yourself vinyl toys and then used paint, markers and other accessories to create their art pieces.

Four BHSU professors also participated including: Schoenewies, Erica Merchant, Karri Dieken and Michael Baum.

For more information on the upcoming auction go to thedahl.org