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For Immediate Release: 12.05.2018


For More Information:

Denise Du Broy

Rapid City Arts Council

605.394.4101 x206



WHAT: Bog Cycle by artist Alan Montgomery

EXHIBIT DATES:  12.21.2018 – 02.23.2019

WHERE: Lobby Gallery | Dahl Arts Center

WHY: Bringing ART + PEOPLE together


The Rapid City Arts Council (RCAC) is pleased to announce an exhibit of abstract pen and ink drawings by artist Alan Montgomery. The show will be located in the Lobby Gallery of the Dahl Arts Center and will run from Friday, December 21, 2018 through Saturday, February 23, 2019.


The inspiration for this series comes from Alan’s reading of the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s seminal pieces on the Irish peat bog is a journey through time and space and a signifier of Irish culture. The patterns and rhythm of Heaney’s writing struck a chord with the artist who grew up in that same part of Northern Ireland. Montgomery’s intention is not to illustrate the poems, but rather to interpret the written text through his own visual language of design and art. In these predominantly monochromatic pieces, the artist uses “undulating curved horizontal waves and value gradations to create what essentially comes across as high contrast, multidimensional landscapes”. The calligraphic, lively brushstrokes and marks evoke organic root-like forms. Vertical space reveals reflections and patterns.


Alan Montgomery spent the early part of his life in Belfast, Ireland. He has been an art professor at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota since 2000.  In 1990, he received his Master’s in painting and printmaking from Minnesota State University at Mankato. In 1994, Montgomery received his Masters of Fine Art from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.


This exhibit is sponsored by The South Dakota Arts Council and the Rapid City Arts Council.