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In the spring of 2022, artist Gary Sczerbaniewicz began his residency at Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) by touring the facility and speaking with scientists about their research. The culmination of his residency is a collection inspired by the world-leading science taking place nearly a mile underground at SURF.

Join us for an artist talk and exhibit reception featuring the work of Sczerbaniewicz on Friday, October 14, from 5 to 7:00 p.m. at Black Hills State University. Sczerbaniewicz will give an artist talk at Club Buzz in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union beginning at 5 p.m., followed by an exhibition reception in the Ruddell Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Sczerbaniewicz, a celebrated artist based in Buffalo, New York, borrows techniques from architecture, installation, sculpture and theatrical stagecraft to create full-sized structures into which the viewer is invited to physically enter and explore. His work explores architectural spaces that evoke a sense of psychological unease, what he refers to as “the architectural uncanny.”

The SURF AiR program invites artists to create work inspired by SURF’s unique science, location and history. SURF is the deepest underground laboratory in the United States, reaching nearly a mile below the surface. It houses experiments in physics, biology, geology, and engineering.

The exhibit will run from October 14 through December 9. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery is closed during BHSU breaks and official holidays.

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