Rapid City resident Dennis Linn's "Buffalo Skull" sculpture is one of more than 40 winning pieces on display for the 17th annual Dakota MasterWorks art show at the Black Hills State University Ruddell Gallery.
For nearly two decades, the South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA) Dakota MasterWorks has opened up opportunities for the state’s senior citizen population to explore their creativity through art. The 17th annual Dakota MasterWorks art show is currently on display at the Ruddell Gallery, located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State University, and features more than 40 winning entries.

Among the winners are Dennis Linn of Rapid City and Alan Moeller of Piedmont.

The Ruddell Gallery is the second stop on the winners’ traveling exhibit which concludes with a reception during the state legislative session in Pierre.

This year’s exhibit features a variety of pieces that will take the viewer back in time from the memory of a farm homestead and a family pet to the smell of a bouquet of flowers and a scene from the Old West.

Entries were received in the following categories: oil, watercolor, acrylic painting, drawing/pastels, photography, sculpture, and wood carving. Entrants in this year’s exhibit range from age 60 to 93.

The SDHCA Dakota MasterWorks brings awareness to the cultural life of the community by displaying various ethnic groups and cultural differences that can bring the community together. The Dakota MasterWorks Art Show is honored to feature art from entrants who are legally blind or who have other life-altering disease such as Parkinson’s.

The show, sponsored by the SDHCA, Home Federal Bank and KELOLAND television, will be on display at BHSU through Jan. 3, 2014, during normal Student Union hours. For more information contact LuAnn Severson, S.D. Health Care Association, at 605-339-2071 or 1-800-952-3052. Winning artwork can be viewed online at sdhca.org.