Lindsay Twa | A Garden Conversation

January 11 - May 9, 2021

Visual Arts Center | Shultz Gallery 

Visit the Shultz Gallery and enjoy artist Lindsay Twa’s beautiful drawings and prints of her garden. In her words, “A garden is about protecting time and space in which both seedlings and new ideas can thrive”. As we enter a new year, experience the birth of a garden and new ideas through this beautiful exhibit.

Several of the pieces displayed in the gallery are available for purchase. For more information, please contact the Curator at 605-731-2303 or

Artist Statement:

All of the prints and drawings in this exhibition were drawn directly from and inspired by my pursuits as an urban gardener. To attend to a garden is a means to guide and alter one’s immediate environment on a small—sometimes very small—personal scale. And yet within that engagement, the potential for transformation is expansive. For nearly fifteen years, I’ve been in the slow process of transforming my inner-city yard into a habitat that supports pollinators and butterflies, while also, on occasion, producing vegetables and fruit for my family. My gardening, however, is also about carving out an intellectual and spiritual space. The work of the mind and the spirit goes on within the rhythm of mundane tasks that come with a garden’s care. 

Cicero, writing in the first century BCE, expressed this when he noted, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Alice Walker expanded this notion when she wrote In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, a meditation on her inheritance and racialized history as an artist and a daughter. 

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Lindsay J. Twa is Professor of Art and Chair of the Humanities Division at Augustana University, where she teaches a wide range of art history courses and leads study abroad experiences to India, London and New York. She is also the Director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana, where she has curated over one hundred exhibitions and oversees a permanent art collection of over 4,000 objects. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Music from Concordia College, Moorhead, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her post-graduate training includes: Frogman’s Print Workshop; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institute in Technical Art History at the Conservation Center of New York University; the Council of Independent Colleges Institute at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University; and has been an A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.