Black Hills State University alumnus Dick Termes is one of several artists exhibiting pieces in this year's alumni art show at the Ruddell Gallery. Termes is a nationally recognized artist known for his Termespheres.
The Black Hills State University annual alumni art show is currently on display through Friday, Oct. 25 in the Ruddell Gallery, located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The event which features the artistic talents of University graduates is the longest ongoing exhibit at BHSU.

“This exhibit has been a continual exhibit here at BHSU for 18 years now,” said Jim Knutson, professor emeritus of BHSU and senior member of Black Hills State University Visual Arts Program. “We have done this almost every year, and we always make room for everything that the alumni send us.”

The alumni exhibit displays art from recent BHSU graduates all the way back to BHSU graduates from 1942.

The exhibit accepts all forms of artwork, from vases, mixed media, graphic design work, to oils and pastels. Any BHSU graduate can display whatever piece of art they desire, Knutson said.

“This is a real mixed bag of a show,” he said. “We only allow one piece from each (graduate); the art we get is always surprising and different.”

The alumni gallery usually shows pieces from about 32 different graduates. Some of these graduates will submit pieces that are beginning their careers in art. Some are retired professors; and some are locally and nationally recognized artists such as Dick Termes who is known for his Termespheres, paintings on spheres that look like an optical illusion.

“It’s weird to think that I have had about every student that has pieces in this gallery in class before,” Knutson said. “Mae Gill was one of my work study students back in the day, and she has a great piece in the gallery this year.”

Some of the alumni that submit every year include, Dick Termes, Richard DuBois, Dorthy Snowden, Sandra Newman, Jay Bedsaul, Jill Tesnow, and Taffy Anderson.

Upcoming artists include painter Sara Fakhraie, Oct. 29 to Nov. 22 and The Dakota Masters, Dec. 3 to Jan. 3. In the spring, the Ruddell Gallery will host several exhibits including: a student photo show, March 11-28; a senior art show, April 1-25; and a juried competition, April 30 to July 31. The dates are tentative.

The Ruddell Gallery is open during the Student 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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