Susan Osborn sings for Women in the Arts       

Singer Susan Osborn will perform on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Washington Street Arts Center in Vermillion at 8 p.m.  Women in the Arts Night will also feature a reception with refreshments at 6 p.m., and a poetry reading at 6:30 p.m.

Osborn came to world prominence as lead singer of the Paul Winter Consort between 1978 and 1985, shining on such albums as "Common Ground," "Missa Gaia," and "Concert For the Earth."  She has performed all over the U.S. and throughout the world – at the United Nations, the Berlin Wall, the Nagano Winter Olympics, the Global Forum in Kyoto and the Hague, and for memorial and peace ceremonies at Hiroshima and Post-9/11 New York.

 For the past two decades, Susan and her husband, artist/writer David Densmore, have lived on Orcas Island, WA where the serenity and silence of nature have colored the creation of numerous original songs, and the synergy of the island's vital artistic community has inspired Osborn to refine her voice to even greater heights.

The evening will feature visual art by Nicole Geary and the poetry of Mary Blackbonnet, Lindy Obach, Jenny Yang Cropp, Marcella Remund, Lee Ann Roripaugh and Norma Wilson.  The event is sponsored by the University of South Dakota's Women and Gender Studies Program as part of this year's Biennial Women and Gender Conference with a theme of "Gender and Conflict."  Vermillion Area Arts Council is co-sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit

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