Inspiring South Dakota Change Makers

Inspiring South Dakota Change Makers

“WOMEN: A Century of Change” Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | 5:30 p.m. 
Visual Arts Center and Belbas Theater

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Learn from local artists and be inspired to become a South Dakota change-maker! This event is dedicated to encouraging young women to break boundaries and make history in their own communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition and will leave committed to creating positive change in the world!

Ticket buyers will receive a free hardcover book, “WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection,” which includes 450 of their most famous photographs.

Event Details:

  • 5:30 p.m. - Join us in the Everist Gallery of the Visual Arts Center to view the new "WOMEN: A Century of Change" traveling exhibition by National Geographic. A curator will be available during this self-guided hour to offer insight. Also during this time, portraits of female change makers from right here in South Dakota will be on display in the Belbas Theater lobby.
  • 6:45 p.m. - Event begins in the Belbas Theater. Local photographers will present their portraits and speak on the power embodied in their works.
  • 8 p.m. - Event concludes.
  • Bars will be available in both the Visual Arts Center and Belbas Theater lobby for attendees to purchase adult beverages and snacks.

Em Nguyen, Photographic Artist 
Anna Reisch, Assistant Professor of Photography, Augustana University

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This event is in conjunction with the traveling exhibition "WOMEN: A Century of Change." This significant exhibition featuring famous National Geographic photographs is open in the Visual Arts Center now through June 30, 2024.

This program is funded by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Em Nguyen, a resident of Sioux Falls for 33 years, is a photographic artist with a five-year journey in the medium. Born in Vietnam, Em's family relocated to Sioux Falls when she was two. Photography serves as a gateway for her to connect with people and explore a creative outlet. Through her lens, Em documents her personal history, capturing moments that resonate and contribute to her evolving visual narrative.


Anna Reich is a visual artist who uses photography to investigate memory, identity and landscape. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has received numerous grants including a travel grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, a Fulbright Fellowship, an Artist as Activist Research Grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Humanities for the Public Good Grant and the Sustaining Good Grant both from the Council for Independent Colleges and the Jane and Charles Zaloudek Faculty Research Fellowship. Her book, “I Try Not to Think of Afghanistan,” is published by Cornell University Press.