Badlands Art Association hosts 51st Annual Fall Art Show

The Badlands Art Association presents its annual three-day regional art show from Nov. 12-14 in Dickinson.

The 51st Annual Fall Art Show will take place from Nov. 12-14 in the Roosevelt Hotel's Grand Dakota Ballroom in Dickinson. (Contributed / Badlands Art Association)
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The Badlands Art Association will host its 51st Annual Fall Art Show from Nov. 12-14 in the Roosevelt Hotel’s Grand Dakota Ballroom, featuring a three-day regional fine art show with clay pottery, oil paintings, watercolors, pencil/pen sketches and photography.

“The Badlands 51st Annual Art Show is an open show. An ‘open’ show means that you do not have to pass a judge to get into the show. The BAA is a small group; this is our major event for the year. We do the show to offer artists of all abilities the opportunity to showcase their work and to give the public a chance to see the wide range of art being created in our area,” according to the BAA.

The BAA will present its 51st Annual Award Preview Showing from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at the Grand Dakota Lodge in the Roosevelt Hotel, in Dickinson. During this time, the public will have the first chance to see the newly judged art works in the 51st Annual Fall Art Show.

The professional awards will be for first through third place in the following categories: acrylic painting, dimensional art, drawing, mixed media, oil painting, pastel painting, photography and watercolor painting. The amateur awards will also be placed first through third but in the categories of photography, painting/mixed media, drawing/pastel and dimensional art. The student show will also have winners arranged by the artists’ grades in school.

The fall show will present some distinguished awards beyond the first through third and honorable mention ribbons. In the adult divisions, to honor two of BAA’s founding members, two new awards will be presented: the Jacqueline (Jackie) Church Award and the Beverly (Bev) Haas Award. These ribbons will be determined by representatives from the Church and Haas families.


During the award preview, the viewing public will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for one of the most prestigious awards of the show which is the People’s Choice Award. The People's Choice Award is voted by the public to be the very best artwork in the show.

The other prestigious award is the Best of Show ribbon which is chosen by the judges to be the best artwork in the entire fall show. In the student division, four Austin Cole Awards, one in each grade level will, again, be awarded in honor of past BAA president Edee Steckler’s grandson who passed away in 1999 of an inherited metabolic defect. In the student division, there will also be five awards in the Artful Natural Earth contest; mammals, reptiles, or amphibians; birds; insects; plants and flowers; and aquatic life as well as the usual first through third and honorable mention ribbons.

Music will be provided throughout the award preview by Michael Stevenson on the piano. Stevenson, who is a well-known local entertainer, is a retired choral and drama director from Dickinson High School. The BAA will also provide hors d'oeuvres complimented by red and white wines for people attending the award preview; there will also be punch and cookies. Art show judges Louise Zeller, of Dickinson, and Bonny Olson, of Billings, Mont., will be present to give critiques to entering artists and to answer questions.

Visitors to the award preview will also be able to compete in a silent auction of the arts works that are for sale in the show. The minimum bid is the artist asking price and all bid slips must be turned in during the preview evening, winners will be notified of their winning bid Saturday, Nov. 13.

There will be a silent auction on Nov. 12 for a wide array of donated baskets and artistic gifts. This auction will continue throughout the next day ending at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

The 51st Annual Fall Art Show will resume at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and then from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov.14. The entire art show including the preview is free of charge.

In addition, the BAA is holding a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade student art show. The entry forms for the student show are being coordinated through the local southwest area school systems and art departments. Home schoolers and other interested individuals can access a student form from the BAA website .

Within the BAA’s 2021 Student Show, there is a new category, Artful Natural Earth Contest ND 2021. The contest is open to all students entering the BAA Student Art Show. Their art works can be of any media and size, but they must be framed or matted and ready to hang. Artworks will be hung within the BAA Student Show grade divisions and be identified with an index card attached to the entry. All artworks must represent native species to the United States and be found in North Dakota. Each student may only enter one artwork in this contest. The art works can be in one of five categories: mammals, reptiles or amphibians; birds; insects; plants and flowers; aquatic life. A $50 prize will be awarded in each of the five categories. More contest details and entry requirements can be found at .


The 51st Annual Fall Art Show will take place from Nov. 12-14 in the Roosevelt Hotel's Grand Dakota Ballroom in Dickinson. (Contributed / Badlands Art Association)

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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