Dates: September 6
– October 7, 2016
Reception: October 5, 4-6 pm
Babbitt, Michael Baum, Gina Gibson, Dustin Hinson, Erica Merchant, Ann Porter,
Jerry Rawlings, J. Desy Schoenewies, Rachel Stiff
The Faculty Focus Exhibition offers a diverse blend of
media and methodology, featuring the work of both senior and new faculty
members. These individuals represent a group of cultural advocates that are
making an impact internationally through their artistic and educational
accomplishments. We are fortunate to have such a proficient and prolific team
of faculty who exemplify the mantra, “Where anything is possible.”
Contemporary Prints: 9 In Hand Press
Exhibition Dates: October 11 – November 4, 2016
Printmaking is frequently a collaborative activity, studios and print shops have played a fundamental role in the development of artists' ideas around print. Contemporary printmakers are a group of enthusiastic and committed individuals who mobilized the entire community around a common interest. The often shared production of printmaking exchanges attracts numerous artists working as collectives, well suited to their ambitions to create a sense of community through collaboration. This exhibition features a collection of prints from a variety of exchanges produced by 9 In Hand Press.
9 IN HAND PRESS is a pre-press graphic design studio concentrating on unique, hand-built graphics, typography and illustration. Dave DiMarchi the founder and operator of 9 In Hand Press is a multi-disciplinary printmaker and artist working in letterpress, papermaking, silkscreen and sculptural forms. DiMarchi received his BFA in Printmaking and Books from the University of Delaware and has continued to teach and study across the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. He maintains a small collaborative studio and art space in Eastern Pennsylvania working closely with artists to master art-making techniques and instruction.
In addition to showing in the Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University, the 2016 International Inaugural Print Exchange has been exhibited at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign and The Print Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ. The Ruddell Gallery would like to express a gracious "Thank You" to 9INHANDPRESS, and those who have lent their support of these exchanges and this exhibition. The Ruddell Gallery and 9INHANDPRESS is focusing efforts to building an annual tradition of this exchange, continuing to connect printmakers from around the world, exploring all the possibilities of printed matter.
Donald F. Montileaux | Student to Master
November 7 - December 16
"I have made a choice to share, give and show my culture to the world." – Montileaux
Donald F. Montileaux (Yellowbird) is a modern-day storyteller, rekindling the images of the Lakota lifestyle by painting the people as they were. Montileaux regards himself as having a mission: "To portray the Lakota, the Native Americans, in an honest way. To illustrate them as people who hunted buffalo, made love, raised children, cooked meals, and lived.
To describe Montileaux’s work is to reflect back to his forefathers. The surfaces that they used to make images were hides, rock walls and surfaces both smooth and rough, hides both tanned and rawhide. Montileaux uses modern materials, ledger and watercolor papers as well as canvas and animal hides to create his artwork. While utilizing different types of materials to produce and present the finished product to the viewer, Montileaux achieves slightly the same appearance as his forefathers did to create their work.
A world-renowned artist and illustrator, Montileaux is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. He has received various awards, including induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with attending major art exhibitions throughout his artistic career, Montileaux’s art has illustrated the covers of numerous books. His artworks are included in numerous corporate, public and private collections, and he has been featured in galleries across the nation, including: New Mexico, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, and South Dakota.
Garric Simonsen | They lost, they found
Exhibition Dates: January 9 – February 10, 2017
Artist Garric Simonsen works with alternative materials and inter-disciplinary ideas, including painting, digital print and objects, the evolution of what could be classified as his anti-painter persona. Much of Simonsen’s early work is rooted in abstraction, often filled with graffiti or scribbling, sometimes punctuated with collaged objects and/or drawings. This exhibition draws from Simonsen’s family linage, pulling away from abstraction and focusing on the artifact, the timeless quality of both object and image.
Simonsen is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, artist and musician. His artwork and projects have shown at Bellevue Arts Museum, Jundt Art Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Platform Gallery (Seattle, WA), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Seattle University, the 2010 Brucennial (NY, NY), University of Wisconsin Madison, Wheaton University (Norton, MA) and Bradley University (Peoria, IL). Reviews and publications of Simonsen’s work are included in; The Stranger, Seattle Weekly and Art Collector Magazine. Simonsen has also guest written for Hyperallergic art blog in Brooklyn, NY.
In addition, Simonsen’s projects have been funded and awarded grants from the Vermont Studio Center, Artist Trust (Seattle, WA) and The James and Janie Washington Foundation (Seattle, WA). Other achievements include 2012 and 2014 nominations for Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, MFA Scholarship Award (WSU), Art Music Grant (WSU), JUNO Award (TESC), Mark Blakely Award (TESC). Simonsen is currently a tenure track faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College, and holds an MFA from Washington State University and BA from Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA).
Artist Website: antipainter.com
Annual Photography Exhibition | William Collins Photography
Exhibition Dates: February 13 - March 17
William J. Collins (1867-1938) established a photography studio in Rapid City, located then in the South Dakota Territory in 1886.By the time he retired nearly 50 years later, he had taken hundreds, perhaps thousands of photographs of the growing town, surrounding ranches and farmers as well as miners, lumber workers and the Ogallala Sioux. The photographs in this exhibition were printed from Collins’s approximately 1500 original glass plate negatives.
After Collins died the glass plate negatives passed to his daughter, Buella Collins Crockett. The collection changed many times over the years and finally became part of the collection at the Arvada Center in Arvada Colorado. Recently, the collection was given to Black Hills State University.
The images from this collection are not only exquisite examples of the style of photography being practiced well over 100 years ago but are also an extremely interesting record of our local history.
MFA: NOW | ‘current collapse’
Exhibition Dates: March 20 – April 20, 2017
All current MFA graduate candidates. MFA: Now ‘current collapse’ is a juried exhibition with the aim of promoting dialogue while highlighting the current art making practices of MFA candidates from across the country. This exhibition is intended to be a reference revealing connections to current graduate students, and the programs they work within, marking a meaningful step further into the art world. The exhibition is intended to celebrate MFA candidates’ exceptional curiosity, creativity, and inventiveness, focused in an area of concentration and contemplation, further situating their work within the larger discourse which characterizes the practice of art today.
Annual Student Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: April 24 – Summer
Every spring this popular juried exhibition introduces the BHSU campus and Spearfish audiences to the work of art undergraduates. The professionally juried show features pieces from a wide variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, design, and photography. Showcasing student works in such a scale has been a tradition on campus. It is what makes the Annual Student Exhibition an unparalleled, seminal experience for students and the campus community. For many, the show not only marks their professional debut, it also catapults them into artistic careers. Awards are granted to exceptional works for best in show, and respectively for second and third place.