Dickinson art group to host fundraising auction, art exhibit

Michael Dunn
Michael Dunn, a former Dickinson High School teacher, in his personal art gallery.
Contributed by Janelle Stoneking, for The Dickinson Press
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DICKINSON — A local non-profit organization continues their fundraising efforts aimed at seeing their dream, of having an art museum and interactive children’s science exhibit in Dickinson, become a reality. The group, Southwest Art Gallery & Science Center, will host an auction dinner at the Dickinson Eagles Club on Nov. 18.

The fundraising event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and an auction thereafter. A limited number of tickets are still available and range in price from $100 for individual general admission to a $10,000 VIP sponsorship table. The VIP sponsorship table includes bottle service and complimentary artwork.

Those unable to attend the event in person, can still participate in the auction by registering online. Tickets and registration can be found at

Janelle Stoneking is president of the Southwest Art & Science Center Board and said the live auction will feature original artwork from several North Dakota painters, while the silent auction will have a variety of items donated from local businesses.

Stoneking made a point to thank Rich & Kayleen Wardner, Shirley Dukart and all others who offered contributions.


“We want to show this community there are artists across the state who want to see this center come to fruition,” Stoneking said. “It's unusual for artists to donate original pieces like that. Usually you'll get prints donated, but these are originals from very notable artists.”

Out of the Past
An acrylic painting called "Out of the Past" by Michael Dunn will auctioned in Dickinson on Nov. 18.
Contributed / Janelle Stoneking

All art to be auctioned will be on display at the 52nd Annual Badlands Art Show at Prairie Hills Mall in Dickinson. The exhibit will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 11, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12-17. Among the 12 North Dakotans who have donated artwork for the auction is Michael Dunn, a former art teacher at Dickinson High School from 1976 to 1988. Dunn also coached football during that time. He retired from teaching in 2016 and explained that creating art is a profound experience.

“As I create a painting, it is about seeing beyond the obvious. The process for me is about moving past the general perception of the piece I am currently painting. When I am working on a landscape —whether on location or in my studio — I see the vast magnificent spaces,” Dunn stated in a press release. “At times I feel the emotion or sense of a particular place. I find myself engaged not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually.”

For more information about this or other Southwest Art & Science Center events, readers are directed to contact Stoneking at 701-690-1934; or

Additional information can be found on the SW Art Gallery and Science Center Facebook page.

Saddle horses
Kate Burian, a DSU alumnus, donated this oil painting of saddle horses to a charity auction in Dickinson.
Contributed / Janelle Stoneking

Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in rural southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge.
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