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 Original artwork such as these are among the pieces up for auction during the eighth annual "The Goods" fundraising event Friday, Nov. 8. Five Black Hills State University faculty members created pieces for the event which raises money for programs at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City.
Five Black Hills State University faculty members have created art pieces for a fundraiser for the Dahl Fine Arts Center; however, which piece belongs to which professor is a secret.

The eighth annual “The Goods” fundraising event Friday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dahl features original work by more than 60 regional artists with each 8 x 8 piece unsigned and anonymous.

“That’s kind of the fun part of this event,” said Pepper Massey, executive director of the Rapid City Arts Council. “It places emerging artists on the same playing field as established ones. There are some artists that are more esteemed and some that are not that well-known. We are hoping to encourage people to buy art that they fall in love with and want to own, not that they know is a specific artist.”

The juried exhibit features a variety of art from photography to ceramic and three-dimensional mosaic. “It is a beautiful show to look at because it is so diverse,” Massey said.

BHSU faculty featured in the exhibit include: Steve Babbitt, professor of photography; Jerry Rawlings, assistant professor of mass communication; Ann Porter, associate professor of art; Dustin Hinson, assistant professor of mass communication; and Gina Gibson,  assistant professor of mass communication.

“It’s a great way for people to contribute and come away with something,” said Babbitt, who has previously created and exhibited work for the fundraiser. Babbitt and his wife Nancy are also sponsors of the event. Money raised from the event helps fund visual and performing arts, emerging artists and education programs at the Dahl.

The exhibit is currently open for people to come in and view the pieces, Massey said. After viewing the art and purchasing a ticket to the event, community members can sign up for the art they would like to own. Only 20 signatures will be accepted for each piece which all sell for $125. The names are then electronically chosen and announced during the Nov. 8 event.

“It’s a really fun event,” said Babbitt noting that some artists try to adjust their style so people will not recognize their work.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by going to thedahl.org/the-goods, calling 605-394-4101 x200 or stopping by the Dahl Arts Center.