Art museum features women’s art series

Art museum features women's art series Four women and their unique art forms are featured in an exhibition on display through Dec. 2 at the South Dakota Art Museum at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

This exhibition series is made possible through a $13,000 Arts Leadership Grant from the South Dakota Arts Council to the South Dakota Art Museum. The grant enables the museum to develop and continue the South Dakota Artist Series, which highlights new and innovative South Dakota artists, as well as the accomplished and experienced artists of the state whose work is on the cutting edge of the contemporary art scene.

The current exhibition features Linda Shere, Nancy Losacker, Jean Selvy-Wyss and Camille Riner and the art forms of fiber art, mixed-media sculpture, paintings and prints on handmade paper.

A gallery reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Museum Gallery, with an artists' gallery talk scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Losacker of Vermillion, who earned her bachelor of fine arts from The University of South Dakota School of Fine Arts, works in wood sculpture, a versatile media that she says keeps her thinking and working.

"The art of sculpture is most intriguing and frustrating," she said. "I have a need to keep my hands busy, so I like to make objects. I want these objects to show how I feel about life and what choices I make in a visual manner. As I reach for new ideas and forms in my artistic life, I must try to find forms that will fit them."

In her sculpture series Post Women, Losacker chose pieces of wood that were once actually fence posts.

"I thought they would be about movement and gesture using the space in new ways. But what I discovered about myself and the pieces is that they are about patterns, a basic human development, one that moves us to think about what we surround ourselves with in everyday life."

A Rapid City resident, Selvy-Wyss earned her bachelor of science in art degree from Emporia (KS) State University. She works in fiber art, incorporating glass beads, buttons, leather, metal and wood into her work.

Shere, who recently moved to Lake City, MN, from Galena, attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg, PA, Parsons School of Design in New York City and Bunka University in Tokyo, Japan. She works with different paint media and wax to create layers and luminous effects.

A Custer resident, Riner earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from The University of South Dakota and her master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She works in the print medium.

Admittance to the South Dakota Art Museum is free. The huseum is closed holidays and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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