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Exhibitions Curated by USD Students to be on Display at John A. Day Gallery

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VERMILLION, S.D. – “Reframing the Collection: Emerging Curators at USD,” featuring exhibitions curated by University of South Dakota students, will be on display in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts from Nov. 8-19. A closing reception, open to the public, will be held on Nov. 19 from 5-7 p.m.
Four exhibitions curated by undergraduate students and one exhibition curated by graduate students will be on display. Each exhibition was curated by a group of students as part of their work for an advanced, hands-on art history course, “Art Museums: History and Practice.” The topics of the exhibitions include psychoanalysis and the figure, magazines and American culture, Chinese ceramics, the relationship between art and music and an examination of the value of damaged art. Each exhibition features student research and works of art from the collections of the University Art Galleries.
The University Art Galleries offer free admission and is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To learn more about the exhibitions, student work, or to speak with student curators please contact: Lauren Freese, USD assistant professor of art history, at
To learn more about the University Art Galleries, please contact, Amy Fill director, University Art Galleries at
USD’s College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.
Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News


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