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PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) announces the addition of 13 new artworks to the state art collection and Art for State Buildings program. The pieces were purchased from a dozen South Dakota artists who were selected from a pool of 54 applicants from across the state.


“We were thrilled that so many talented South Dakota artists answered the call to provide art, giving us the opportunity to support their small businesses,” said SDAC Executive Director Patrick Baker. “The variety of artwork is impressive, and I hope people will visit to see the collection in person and fully appreciate the depth of talent represented.”


The purchases include:

  • Ari Albright, Vermillion; Country Nights 2, Fancy Camping, acrylic on canvas
  • Bonnie Halsey-Dutton, Spearfish; Spearfish Canyon, watercolor on paper
  • Jill Kokesh, Fort Pierre; Wedding Dress Burial, gelatin silver print    
  • Galen LaRoche, Pine Ridge; Leaving Standing Rock and South to Bear Butte, photography prints
  • Klaire Lockheart, Vermillion; Suffragist Sue Flag, ink on fabric on canvas
  • Deborah Mitchell, Rapid City; Moonlight in the Garden triptych, monotype chine colle print
  • Phyllis Packard, Vermillion; Prairie Illusions, Missouri River Bluffs, weaving as watercolor
  • Molina Parker, Hermosa; Bird Song, Czech and French glass beads, brain tanned leather, sterling silver chain
  • Dan Parsons, Aberdeen; Circle of Life triptych, acrylic on canvas
  • Wade Patton, Rapid City; Roaming, oil pastel on canvas
  • Cristen Roghair, Okaton; Authentic Cowgirl, photo giclée canvas wrap
  • Randall Royer, Pierre; Cowboy at Buffalo Roundup, photo print


The Art for State Buildings program was created in 2008 for the purpose of showcasing the work of talented South Dakota artists and to build a permanent state art collection for display in publicly accessible areas of state government buildings in the capital city. A full list of the Art for State Buildings collection and locations is available via the SDAC website at artscouncil.sd.us; pieces acquired this year will be installed for public display in July.


An office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council’s mission is to provide grants and services to artists, arts organizations and schools across the state, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Dakota Legislature. The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.



Photo caption: Roaming, by Rapid City artist Wade Patton was recently purchased by the South Dakota Arts Council for the state art collection. The artwork will be installed for public viewing in July.