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From A to Z: Alphabetizing the Permanent Collection 
January 10 - June 8, 2015
A is for “Artists,” B is for “Beautiful,” C is for the Visual Arts “Center.” The VAC is using the alphabet to organize this exhibit, by using an artist with the last name that starts with each letter of the alphabet. The Visual Arts Center, and previously the Civic Fine Arts Center, has been building a permanent collection for over four decades that has grown substantially over the years. “A through Z” filters the collection through the alphabet; enabling you to experience a broad spectrum of art and get a glimpse of our Permanent Collection.
Celebrating Robert L. Penn

July 12-October 6, 2013
Robert (Bobby) Penn began his art career under the instruction of nationally renowned Yanktonai artist Oscar Howe. Penn's artwork ranges widely in media, technique, and style. His style is exemplified by both highly representational and non-objective work of traditional Indian themes and autobiographical material. With a reputation as one of the leading American Indian artists on the Northern Plains.
Glow Pop Art by Bob H. Miller

June 29-October 6, 2013
Glow Pop Art, an exhibit by artist Bob H. Miller will feature black light paintings, as well as “Scotchlite reflective” pieces.
Seuss Falls: Discovering the Art and Science of Dr. Seuss
Mar 29 – Jun 23, 2013 Everist Gallery and Kirby Science Discovery Center
Tim Peterson: Theatrum Mundi
Mar 23 – Jun 16, 2013 Gallery F
South Dakota Governor’s 5th Biennial Art Exhibition
Feb 15 – Jun 9, 2013
This exhibition of artworks by living South Dakotans was organized jointly by the Dahl Arts Center, the South Dakota Museum of Art and the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center.  Works were selected through a combined juried and invitational process.
Arts Night Exhibition 2013
Mar 1 – May 1, 2013
The Arts Night exhibition is held each year in conjunction with the annual Arts Night auction, a fundraiser benefitting the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.
P3 (Painters, Poets & Pavilion)
Dec 21, 2012 – Mar 16, 2013
This exhibition pairs artists and poets together in the creation of collaborative works of art and poetry. After successful exhibitions in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the artists and poets of P3 took a year off.
Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags
Jan 25 – Mar 16, 2013
For many Americans, the term Vodou brings up unfortunate Hollywood-inspired imagery involving hexes and curses, but visitors to Sacred Symbols in Sequins will gain new insights to the beauty and sanctity of Haitian Vodou.
County Lines: Images from Across South Dakota, by D. George Prisbe-Przybysz
Nov 9, 2012 – Feb 17, 2013
This exhibition features recent paintings by South Dakota native D. George Prisbe-Przybysz. County Lines: Images from Across South Dakota is a continuation of the artist’s Dakota Tonalism Series in which D. George Prisbe-Przybysz is attempting to capture and reflect the inner truth and spiritual beauty of the state.
Bryan Christiansen: Trophy Hunter
Nov 16, 2012 - Feb 10, 2013
A native of the Black Hills, Bryan Christiansen makes contemporary sculptures that challenge conventional notions about rural life, the rituals of the hunting tradition, home, and the innocence of childhood.
Connie Herring: In Memory of Earth
Sep 28, 2012 – Jan 2, 2013
December 21, 2012, is the end of the Mayan calendar. Some see this foretelling the end of the earth. Some think it will be the dawn of a new age.
First Juried Exhibition
Sep 14 – Dec 2, 2012
The Washington Pavilion is pleased to present its first juried exhibition, featuring 60 works selected from 508 artworks submitted by 183 artists.
Holding the Holy
Collaborative Fiber Art by Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjonaas
Aug 17 – Nov 11, 2012
Two area fiber artists collaborate on contemporary works exploring and exemplifying how the beauty of art provides for us a sense of the transcendent and holy in the midst of the ordinary and the everyday.
From the Collections: imMATERIAL
Aug 31 – Nov 4, 2012
An exhibition of works from the Pavilion’s permanent collection exploring the alchemical relationship of art to the material of its making.
Take the Day 2012
Oct 13, 2012, 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
Come view a LIVE one-day, multi-artist art-making event. Free to the public!
Northern Plains Tribal Arts Collection
June 15 through August 15, 2012
This unique collection of Native American artworks, on extended loan from American Indian Services, Inc. primarily features the award winners of the Tribal Arts Juried Art Show and Market. The exhibition contains some of the finest examples of artwork created by tribal artists from the Northern Plains.
Don Snell
June 29 through September 23, 2012
Don Snell was born in Sioux Falls in 1922, grew up in Kansas City, and served in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps. Snell received his BFA from The University of Texas, Austin, and completed postgraduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. He subsequently taught at Tulane University, as well as at Arlington State College in Texas and the University of Houston, Texas.

Snell says, “It was never my intention to be an artist. But I read Lust for Life. The idea of drawing naked females was of great interest to me. Besides I had no marketable skills so I took the vow of poverty and became an artist.”

This exhibition features several of Snell’s poetry paintings. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, sometimes challenging, these works are always exceedingly sincere expressions.

Jeff Freeman: Collaborations in Education
June 15 through September 2, 2012
Gallery photos on Facebook
Beauty in the Beast
May 18 through August 12, 2012
Have you ever wanted to look into the eye of a storm? What you find might surprise you: power, majesty, fury – and beauty. Beauty in the Beast is an art exhibition exploring both the beautiful splendor and beastly strength of prairie storms. Featuring the work of Mary Groth, Nancyjane Huehl, Dale Lamphere, Craig Lawrence and Paul Schiller, the exhibit highlights several different interpretations of storms ranging from landscape and oil paintings to photography, poetry and sculpture. See gallery photos on Facebook

This exhibition is sponsored by the generous contributions of: CitiBank, Garry-private wealth resources, KELOLAND Television, Lawrence & Schiller, MidContinent Communications, Raven Industries , Vance Thompson Vision and The Washington Pavilion.

Doodle 4 Google
May 25 through July 7, 2012
We are so excited to announce that we are a local partner for South Dakota in this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition! This is an amazing opportunity for K-12 students to re-design the Google logo along this year’s theme “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”. The winning doodler took home a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school. Even more exciting, the winning artwork from South Dakota will be featured on Google’s homepage and in a special exhibition!
Journey Women II: Shrine. Altar. Box
March 30 through June 24, 2012
In 2009, the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center hosted Journey Women. The exhibition featured twelve art dolls that were the collaborative creation of twelve female artists. The journey continues with Journey Women II: Shrine • Altar • Box. For this exhibition, thirteen female artists came together, each one creating a shrine, altar, or box that was rotated amongst them over the course of more than one year. Each artist established her shrine’s intent and as the pieces were passed from artist to artist each responded and developed it with her own set of insights. A journal accompanied each work to record the progression of the piece as well as the thoughts of the artists. Participating artists included Angela Behrends, Grete Bodøgaard, Erin Castle, Eve Fisher, Jill Frederick, Ginny Freitag, Winnie Giles, Donna Hazelwood, Connie Herring, Nancy Losacker, Allyson Nagel, Beth Prostrollo and Lynn Verschoor.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks
March 3, 2012 through June 3, 2012
The exhibition entitled Ansel Adams: Masterworks will be presented at the Visual Arts Center at your Washington Pavilion March 3, 2012 through June 3, 2012. The exhibition featured a collection of forty-eight works by Ansel Adams (1902 -1984), about two-thirds of a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life’s work.
Mary Ann Strandell
February 24-May 18, 2012
The Movable Salon + Other Frontiers: Mary Ann Strandell takes a closer look at the images and ideas that frame the artist’s upbringing in South Dakota. The exhibition is a continued exploration of her ongoing theme of east meets west.
This exhibit was sponsored in part by SD Arts Council, The Steever House of Lennox, SD, and The Johnson Pochop Law Firm, Gregory, SD.
Jaclyn Garlock: Twist and Shout
November 23, 2011 through February 10, 2012
Jaclyn Garlock’s realistic figurative paintings will wow you with their high impact color and larger-than-life imagery. Fun and flamboyant women (and men) fill the canvases in scenes and costumes that are right out of the movies.
Landscapes from the Permanent Collection
November 23, 2011 through January 29, 2012
Explore dozens of artists and multimedia pieces acquired throughout the Visual Arts Center's history from our permanent collection. Celebrate the beauty of open spaces and their natural, stark beauty.

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