Governor’s Art Exhibition comes to USD Aug.1-31

Governor's Art Exhibition comes to USD Aug.1-31
The University of South Dakota Art Galleries will host a special statewide art exhibition celebrating the vitality and variety of South Dakota's artistic community.

Titled "Endless Possibilities," the show is the result of the second South Dakota Governor's Biennial Art Competition.

"Endless Possibilities" will be on exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at USD from Aug. 1-31. A special reception, open to the public at no charge, is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is on view to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

"Endless Possibilities" presents 43 works by 43 different artists from across South Dakota. Juror Stewart Turnquest, coordinator of the Minnesota Artists' Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, characterized the exhibit as "akin to a walk-about in South Dakota" with surprises and variety everywhere.

Gov. Rounds found the show's title "Endless Possibilities" to be especially appropriate because it speaks to "the boundless energy, optimism and variety in the life and people of our State."

The Governor's Biennial Art Competition will tour to five South Dakota institutions before closing in December 2006. According to John A. Day, director of the art galleries at USD and one of the organizers of the show, "Endless Possibilities" is a grand exercise in the kind of collaboration that allows South Dakota to achieve important things.

"The partnership between the Governor's office, the South Dakota Arts Council, private businesses and five cultural organizations made it possible to attract some of the state's best artists and to present their work across South Dakota in a manner that brings honor to the state and our arts community," Day said.

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