'Floating Worlds' - An Immersive Art Show on Display

November 19, 2021

Delight in new exhibitions at South Dakota's largest art museum

Sioux Falls, SD - Several new exhibitions are featured in the eight galleries at the Visual Arts Center in the Washington Pavilion including Floating Worlds, an immersive exhibit by Amy Fill, Director of the University of South Dakota Art Galleries.

The exhibit features replicas of trees from the artist’s home and neighborhood in Volin, S.D., made using leaf bags and compostable materials and suspended from the ceiling of the Everist Gallery. Each tree has personal symbolism for the artist.

“Amy’s work takes what nature has made heavy and permanently tied to the terrain and created replicas of trunks and branches that suspend above the ground,” said Visual Arts Center Curator Cody Henrichs. “The result is an ethereal fantasy, connecting visitors to nature while also challenging their relationship with it. Fill has created something that preserves nature but will once again become part of it. The temporary exhibit is a onetime installation that will never by recreated in the same way again.”

In addition to Floating Worlds, which is on display now through March 2022, visitors will find new works of art through the Visual Art Center’s eight galleries. The Egger Gallery, which holds some of the museum’s permanent collection, including work by Oscar Howe and a new piece created by students at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. 

Inside the Shultz Gallery, South Dakota State University Professor Young Ae Kim draws attention to social and political events with cute and relatable animals with her art exhibition titled Winning. Her bright caricatures reveal poignant reflections on the last few years in our society with references lifted directly from media headlines. The Young Artists Gallery is currently home to an exhibition of Augustana University students, exemplifying a wide range of projects from a wind chime to a colorful giraffe bust. 

In November, the Visual Arts Center will welcome two additional exhibits: Weeds & Wildflowers of South Dakota by watercolorist Barbara Sparks and 100 Years of the Symphony reflecting the history of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. 

Sparks’ exhibition features beautiful watercolors based on actual photography of wildflowers – the artwork invites the visitors to experience nature’s sophisticated beauty. Additionally, the artist is participating in two public events in the Visual Arts Center on November 6 and 12. 

In addition to the exhibitions listed below, the Raven Children’s Studio, located in the Visual Arts Center, offers crayon, chalk, drawing supplies and more to expose and engage our youngest visitors in the arts.

New Exhibitions on Display Now:

Amy Fill: Floating Worlds
Everist Gallery

Young Ae Kim: Winning.
Shultz Gallery

Augustana Student Invitational
Young Artists Gallery

Northern Plains Tribal Art: Works from the Collection
Egger Gallery

Coming Soon: 

Barbara Sparks: Weeds & Wildflowers of South Dakota
Jerstad Gallery starting November 5

100 Years of the Symphony
Bates Trimble Gallery starting November 12

For additional information on each exhibition, please visit washingtonpavilion.org/attractions/art.

The Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is dedicated to building, preserving and conserving its collections for both South Dakotans and worldwide audiences. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon - 5 p.m. 

Thanks to new exhibits and continuous updates, no two visits to the Washington Pavilion are the same. Guests can reserve museum admission online for $1 off. Paid admission includes access to the Visual Arts Center and Kirby Science Discovery Center with programing for all ages.

For more information, call the Box Office at 605-367-6000 or visit washingtonpavilion.org. Admission is free to Washington Pavilion members. Daily admission rates apply for non-members.

About Washington Pavilion Management, Inc (WPMI) 
Washington Pavilion Management, Inc is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the largest arts organization in the state. The management company oversees and programs two historic City of Sioux Falls facilities: the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science and the Orpheum Theater Center. The company also provides professional management services, including administration; arts, science and educational programming; ticketing; event management; marketing; and more to other arts and nonprofit organizations. For information, please call 605-367-6000 or visit www.washingtonpavilion.org