Two artists to be featured at University of South Dakota

Two artists to be featured at University of South Dakota Beginning Jan. 8, The University Art Galleries at The University of South Dakota will present Seige Damer, an exhibition of tapestries and collages in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts in Vermillion until Feb. 1.

The exhibition opens with a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 8. During the reception students of Dr. Susan Gray, University of South Dakota Department of Music, will play piano selections by Scandinavian composers.

The show features tapestries by Grete Bodegaard and collages by Eva Isaksen inspired by nature and is highlighted by a collaborative installation piece titled "Hanging Gardens." Seige Damer is Norwegian for "flexible women" or "women who bounce back."

The exhibition is part of The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts' Scandinavia and the Americas, a year-long bi-cultural symposium celebrating the Scandinavian legacy in America.

The public reception for Seige Damer in January is the start of three days of special events in Scandinavia and the Americas symposium on the Vermillion campus of USD. On Jan. 9, Professor Bill Holm, poet and performer, will highlight a panel discussion on the Scandinavian legacy in America at 4 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. This program will be followed by a potluck supper at 6 p.m. in the Center for Continuing Education. At 7:30 p.m., Professor Holm will present a lecture-performance in Colton Recital Hall.

On Jan. 10, the symposium will sponsor a performance of The Stavig Letters: The Story of a Norwegian Immigrant at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on Seige Damer or the various events of the Scandinavia and the Americas symposium, go to www.usd.edu/cfa/symposia.cfm.

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