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Denise Du Broy
Rapid City Arts Council
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WHAT: Painting the West, an exhibit of paintings by Aaron and Jenny Wuerker
EXHIBIT DATES: 10.05.18 – 02.02.19
ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Friday, October 5 | 5 -7 pm
WHERE: Ruth Brennan Gallery | Dahl Arts Center
WHY: Bringing ART + PEOPLE together

Defining an Iconic American Landscape

The Rapid City Arts Council is pleased to present Painting the West, an exhibition of oil paintings by Aaron and Jenny Wuerker. The exhibit opens on Friday, October 5, 2018 with an artists’ reception from 5 – 7 pm. Both artists will be here to greet the public. The show will be on display until Saturday, February 2, 2019 and will be located in the Ruth Brennan Gallery at the Dahl Arts Center.

This artist couple has been painting the Wyoming landscape together for nearly 25 years. “The need to define an iconic American landscape” has repeatedly surfaced for both of them. For Jenny, that means capturing the feeling of the stark expanse. She does this in large scale paintings consisting of big skies that race back to meet distant ridges with light stretching to the horizon. In Aaron’s work, the shapes of industrial objects mimic natural formations in the landscape which create silent interactions. In this exhibit, the artists hope to share “a vision of the Western landscape that one might identify the next time they see a massive cloud formation or road signs lined up the horizon.”

The Wuerkers live outside Buffalo, Wyoming with their two teenage children. Jenny received her BA from Yale University and an MFA from the American University. Aaron received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Yale University. They own Crazy Woman Fine Art Gallery in Buffalo, WY.

Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Hotel Alex Johnson, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.

To view and download an image of the exhibit, please click HERE.

The Dahl Arts Center galleries are open Monday-Friday, 10am – 6pm and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Admission is free; however, for those with the ability to pay, donations are encouraged and appreciated. For more information about upcoming exhibits, visit thedahl.org.

The Rapid City Arts Council receives support from generous members and donors, the City of Rapid City, John T. Vucurevich Foundation, BH Area Community Foundation, SD Community Foundation, and the South Dakota Arts Council with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Dahl Arts Center is a municipal facility managed by the Rapid City Arts Council and owned by the City of Rapid City.