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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: 09.10.20

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Denise Du Broy

Rapid City Arts Council

Dahl Arts Center

605.394.4101 x2


WHAT: Tronies: Studies in Character by Mark Paxton, oil paintings

EXHIBIT DATES:  10.23.20 – 01.30.21

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Friday, October 23rd | Artist Talk 6pm

WHERE: Ruth Brennan Gallery, Dahl Arts Center

WHY: Bringing ART + PEOPLE together


The Rapid City Arts Council (RCAC) is pleased to present Tronies: Studies in Character, an exhibition of paintings by Mark Paxton. The exhibition will be located in the Ruth Brennan of the Dahl Arts Center and will run from Friday, October 23rd, 2020, through Saturday, January 30th, 2021. As part of the show, the RCAC will host an opening reception for Mark Paxton on Friday, October 23rd, from 5-7pm.


Tronies: Studies in Character is a series of crowdsourced oil paintings that depict ordinary, unidentified people. These paintings are large-scale, close ups of faces. The word “tronie” refers to a specific genre of 16th and 17th century portrait style paintings, particularly Dutch and Flemish paintings that were usually anonymous character studies as opposed to specific commissions (portraits).


Mark Paxton is an artist, living and working in Gillette, Wyoming. He was born and raised in Omaha and joined the military, serving in Vietnam. Mark received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and went on to earn his MFA in Studio Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1984. He taught art at Sheridan College during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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


The Dahl Arts Center galleries are open Monday-Friday, 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 Dahl Arts Center is a municipal facility managed by the Rapid City Arts Council and receives support from generous members and donors, the City of Rapid City, Allied Arts Fund, the South Dakota Arts Council through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.