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Badlands Art Association to host two major exhibits in Dickinson

Local artists of all ages to be highlighted at the Badlands Art Gallery and Prairie Hills Mall.

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The Badlands Art Association will host its “Artists From the Prairie” exhibition at the Badlands Art Gallery located at Dickinson State University’s Klinefelter Hall from Aug. 24 to Sept. 24, 2022.
Photo courtesy of the Badlands Art Association
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DICKINSON — From local galleries to life-sized wall murals, a community full of art expression is most often a community focused on its culture. Research has shown that cities that emphasize art have more civic and social engagement and supporting local artists pumps an estimated $60 billion into the national economy each year.

The Badlands Art Gallery, located at Dickinson State University in Klinefelter Hall’s lower level, is doing their part to continue to promote and highlight the many talented artists in southwest North Dakota.

As part of that mission, the Badlands Art Association will host its “Artists From the Prairie” Exhibition from Aug. 24 through Sept. 24. The month-long exhibit features a vast array of talented artists from across southwestern North Dakota.

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The Badlands Art Association will host its “Artists From the Prairie” exhibition at the Badlands Art Gallery located at Dickinson State University’s Klinefelter Hall from Aug. 24 to Sept. 24, 2022.
Photo courtesy of Badlands Art Association

Among the many exhibits, attendees will see the work of Greg Walter, Kay Burian, Darice Taylor, Laureen Evans, Linda Little, Tod Winter, Cherie Roshau, Weston Voss, Janelle Stoneking, Marie Snavely, Twig Zahn, Dustin Young, Chris Herald, Anna Ellerkamp and Br. Llewellyn Kouba. This is not an exhaustive list, as other artists may also be featured as the gallery continues through September.

Newspapers have been part and parcel of American life since its inception. From providing readers with news and views in their local community, to helping clean windows, wrap presents and even line the bottom of bird cages. But for more than 100 years, newspapers have been transformed into something greater — artistic expression. Stoneking’s work is renowned for its use of newspapers and will be one of the many unique exhibits featured prominently.

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From newspapers to spray paint, a diverse array of mediums will be on full display, as many of the featured artists work across a wide spectrum of options. The exhibit will feature oil painting, watercolor, sculpture, spray paint and pottery, among others. As a bonus, each artist has been asked to display an artist statement describing their art style or philosophy beside their art.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Badlands Art Association will also hold its 52nd Annual Fall Art Show at the Prairie Hills Mall, this November 11 through 17. This will be the first year the Badlands Art Association will host their annual event at their new venue, which they say will allow the show to run for seven days — longer than the typical three days of years past.

“The BAA hopes that this will allow more viewers into the show as well as having more space to display fine art,” Jan Stromsborg, with the Badlands Art Association, said. “The Badlands 52nd Art Show is an open show. An “open” show means that you do not have to pass a judge to get into the show.”

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The Badlands Art Association will host its “Artists From the Prairie” exhibition at the Badlands Art Gallery located at Dickinson State University’s Klinefelter Hall from Aug. 24 to Sept. 24.
Photo courtesy of the Badlands Art Association

The annual Fall show is the premier event of the year for the organization, who rely on support from the local community to continue to showcase amazing local talent.

“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,” Stromsborg said. “The seven-day regional fine art show features many different media including clay pottery, oil paintings, watercolors, pencil/pen sketches and photography.”

The show will feature three divisions titled, amateur, professional and student. Aspiring artists can enter the Badlands Art Show by submitting a Call for Entries form listing their art entries. The Call for Entry forms for the adult divisions have been mailed to Badlands Art Association members, but are not restricted to membership to enter. Entry forms can be picked up at JP FrameShop, the Dickinson Public Library, Badlands Art Gallery, The Dickinson Press or be printed online at badlandsarts.com/annual-show/.

Entry forms must be postmarked by October 21 for consideration.

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For the Pre-K through grade 12 student art show, entry forms are being coordinated through the local southwest area school systems and various art departments. Homeschooled students interested in participating can pick up a form at JP Frameshop, Dickinson Public Library,

Badlands Art Gallery, The Dickinson Press or print a form from the BAA website at badlandsarts.com/.

The student art show is open to all school aged children and can feature any medium and size, but must be framed or matted and ready to hang. Artworks hung within the BAA Student Show grade divisions will need to be identified with a 4x6 index card attached to the entry.

More details and entry requirements can be found on the BAA website badlandsarts.com/.

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The Badlands Art Association will host its “Artists From the Prairie” exhibition at the Badlands Art Gallery located at Dickinson State University’s Klinefelter Hall from Aug. 24 to Sept. 24.
Photo courtesy of Badlands Art Association
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James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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