New York artist discovers USD, will exhibit, lecture New York artist Sylvia Schuster's works will be on exhibit in Gallery 110 and in the hallways of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota through March 31.
The artist will also visit the campus and personally lecture March 29 throughout the day at the Lee Center. But the story of how it came into being is actually an enormous compliment to USD's Fine Arts Program.
"Ms. Schuster is a real find, but in actuality, she found us," said John Day, dean of the College of Fine Arts at USD. "Through her friends and contracts in the art world, Ms. Schuster had heard many good things about Professor Lloyd Menard's excellent print-making program at USD," Day said. "After she called requesting to visit the campus, we discovered what outstanding credentials she had, and were very honored that an artist of her caliber wanted to personally see the program for herself."
Schuster's work is characterized by powerful, large-scale charcoal drawings, prints and collages of classical heads and figures, according to Day.
She maintains studios in New York City, NY, and Iowa City, IA, and has exhibited widely in the United States, including several major solo shows. She has earned numerous prestigious scholarships, awards and grants, including Ford, Carnegie and Fulbright grants, the Prix de Rome and a Boston University at Tanglewood Scholarship. She has conducted numerous workshops in printmaking and has been an artist-at-large at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Northern Illinois in DeKalb.
She has also been artist-in- residence at The Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL.
"We all agreed that inviting Ms. Schuster to exhibit her works in the Warren M. Lee Center during the same time period she planned to visit thecampus would be very exciting. But when she agreed to lecture while she was here, we felt it would be a huge bonus, not just for ourselves and Ms. Schuster, but also for other interested individuals and groups in the area," said Day.