Art exhibit features brothers

Art exhibit features brothers A University Arts Galleries alumni exhibition, featuring brothers Ron and Rick Johns, will run through June 7 at the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota.

This exhibition highlights the photographic works of Ron Johns of Elk Point and the mixed media work of Rick Johns of Vermillion. A reception will be held in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 23.

In 1995, the University Art Galleries began the practice of featuring the works of USD art alumni as the first show of the summer season.

"The principle purpose of the show is to recognize that our immediate area is rich in graduates who continue to pursue their commitment to a career in art. USD alumni not only enrich our artistic community, but they serve as models for students and as standard setters for regional art," said John A. Day, director of the University Art Galleries.

Rick Johns, who earned both his B.F.A. degree (1986) and a M.F.A. degree in 1994 in painting from USD, has 30 exhibitions to his credit, and his work is represented in several regional collections. He has taught painting, drawing, design and art appreciation at USD.

Since 1996, he has operated a contracting business, specializing in fine woodwork. Active in the Vermillion Area Arts Council, he was the community coordinator for the Missouri Weave Mural Restoration Project.

"Plain and simple, this (art) is something which gives me pleasure like nothing else," Rick said. "It's the most challenging fun that I know."

Ron Johns was educated in landscape architecture at Iowa State University. After traveling for two years, he studied photography with Professor John Banasiak at USD. His work has been featured in the Sioux City Art Center's "Midwest Photography Invitational" and the Joslyn Art Museum's "Midlands Invitational."

He has 25 exhibitions to his credit, and his photographs have been widely published including award-winning images in Gourmet Magazine, National Geographic Traveler Magazine and Photographer's Forum.

"For the past 10 years, I have concentrated on black and white photography," Ron said. "I am using this exhibition as an opportunity to take a look back to review, to organize and to take the next step in my photography career. I strive to provide beautiful and meaningful images. All interpretations remain at the viewer's discretion."

Hours for the Main Gallery are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1-5 p.m. on weekends.

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