USD College of Fine Arts schedules student exhibition The Wilber and Gladys Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition will be on display Feb. 6-26 in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota. The public is invited to meet participating students at a reception scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 in the Main Gallery.
Hosted by University Art Galleries, the exhibition is an annual showcase of outstanding work produced by USD art students over the past year. The juror for this year's exhibition is Ronald Bernier, director of the Sioux City Art Center. The Stilwell exhibition recognizes the quality and variety of student art work via a series of cash awards and purchase prizes of approximately $2,000.
The exhibition was established in 1982 through an endowment that commemorates Professor Wilber Stilwell and his wife Gladys. Stilwell served on the USD Department of Art faculty between 1942 and 1972.
"The Stilwell (Exhibition) is a much anticipated event by the students," said Larry Anderson, chair of the USD Department of Art. He noted that the competition offers students the practical experience of participating in the competition process and dealing with the real life issues of acceptance and rejection.
"The Stilwell is one of the most popular annual exhibitions in the Main Gallery and it is a pleasure to see how it energizes the art students and engages people from across the university community," said John Day, director of the University Art Galleries.
The Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition is free and open to view by the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on the weekend.