Professor from the U receives award for multi-media print entry

Professor from the U receives award for multi-media print entry
Professor John Banasiak of The University of South Dakota's art department, has received an honorable mention award in the 2007 20" x 20" x 20": National Compact Competition. His winning work is titled "Scene From the Dreams of a Fortune Teller #354."

This multi-media competition and exhibition is open to any artist residing in the United States and working in a 20" x 20" x 20" format. Banasiak said he entered the competition, "because of quality of the juror and the good reputation of the show."

The work exhibited in this show is from a current series of over 600 prints titled, "Scenes from the Dreams of a Fortune Teller." The photographic series involves the creation and design of environments, characters and scenes using cross-cultural fortune telling techniques and games of chance to present a visual script of mythical and archetypal scenarios.

Banasiak is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught photography in The University of South Dakota's College of Fine Arts for over 26 years. Recently he was part of a four person exhibition titled, "Plainstory," at The Sioux City Art Center, where he exhibited 16 prints from this series.

Banasiak is encouraged by this award.

"It is always encouraging to receive an award from a credible juror in a national exhibition. Early in the development of this photographic series I received a University of South Dakota Office of Research Catalyst Grant and a South Dakota Arts Council Artist Grant, which enabled me time and funds to experiment with the process and idea development. I appreciate the Office of Research and the South Dakota Arts Council very much for their support and encouragement," he said.

Banasiak will receive $350 in prize money and his work has been on exhibit at the National All Media Exhibition and Competition at the Louisiana State University Union Art Gallery in Baton Rouge since Feb. 23. The exhibition will end March 23.

It was juried by David S. Rubin, curator of contemporary art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

For more information, contact Brian Mathers, coordinator of sponsored programs, at or John Banasiak at

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