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The South Dakota Governor’s 9th Biennial Art Exhibition is a touring exhibition that features artwork by 66 artists of diverse backgrounds, working in all mediums and styles, from all parts of our state. As such, it reflects the vitality of the visual arts in South Dakota. It is the art of our time and our place. The Biennial is a juried exhibition that was first held in 2003 and has maintained a tradition of excellence over the years. The 66 works of art in the 9th Biennial were selected by a panel of visual arts professionals. The process was rigorous, it involved extensive deliberation, experienced professionals who made the final choices judged the work to be outstanding.

This exhibition is also a celebration of perseverance in the face of adversity. Creating artwork is never an easy endeavor. A pandemic in a time of social unrest has increased the demands of everyday living. Some artists are looking for new “day jobs.” Many children are learning from home and stay-at-home mandates mean more cooking, more cleaning and more worry about keeping family safe and well. In addition, the relationships that feed artists’ minds and souls are now nurtured remotely, without hugs. The galleries and museums that expose artists to new ideas and ways of seeing things may be closed or have reduced hours. In spite of all these challenges South Dakota artists have continued to make art, enter it in exhibitions and pack it for shipping.

Artist Reception:
Visual Arts Center
Friday, July 23, 2021 | 5-8 p.m.
Open House | 5-6:30 p.m.
Discussion | 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Social Hour | 7:15-8 p.m.

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