USD artist alum contributes to campus art exhibition

USD artist alum contributes to campus art exhibition
The University of South Dakota is pleased to initiate a program of art exhibitions in its Wagner Alumni Center in Vermillion with a showing of watercolors by Beverly Herbrandson Behrens, a 1960 art graduate.

Titled "Country Garden Watercolors," the exhibit features lively but subtle paintings of flowers and landscapes. "Country Garden Watercolors" will be on view in the Heritage Room Gallery in the Wagner Alumni Center from April 8 to May 31. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., when the public is cordially invited to meet the artist and view her artwork. The Wagner Alumni Center is located at 1110 N. Dakota Street, and the Heritage Gallery is open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Born in Alcester, Behrens lived there until age eight when her family moved to rural Lincoln County, and she went on to graduate from Alcester High School. Behrens now resides in Lake Forest, IL, where she is active in Chicago area galleries and has juried art shows and fairs. Her work is included in private collections in the United States, England, and Australia. Behrens paints with plein-air groups and recently toured with artists in France working on scenes in Provence and Giverny.


Courtney Marshall, executive director of the Alumni Association at USD, expressed her support for the project and emphasized the importance of exposing the university community to fine work from alumni.

"The University of South Dakota has many distinguished alumni and the addition of the Heritage Gallery in the Wagner Center is one way to share the accomplishments of our talented graduates," Marshall said.

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