Miss Art World S.D. to present to guild

Aaron Packard photo: Miss Art World South Dakota Klaire Lockheart

BROOKINGS – The South Dakota Art Museum Guild will host its second program and meeting of the season Tuesday, Oct. 26, featuring Klaire Lockheart, a Vermillion artist. The title of her program is “Miss Art World South Dakota.”

Lockheart uses traditional oil painting techniques to critique historical injustices in the traditional Western art world. She has lived in South Dakota since she earned her MFA from the University of South Dakota, and she earned her BS degree from South Dakota State University. She is currently Miss Art World South Dakota and the artist in residence at the Vermillion Area Arts Council.

Lockheart enjoys using the human form as a vehicle to communicate the agency of her subjects with viewers, especially since women artists were historically prohibited from studying live models and making historic paintings. In addition to addressing femininity and feminism within her artwork, Lockheart incorporates humor to make serious subjects approachable. She also celebrates the accomplishments of women, and she is the South Dakota artist for the national Her Flag collaborative artwork.

Her recent solo exhibitions include “Feminine Attempts” at the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa; “A is for Apron” at the Ritz Gallery in Brookings; and “Ladylike Representations” at Gallery 120 in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

The guild will meet in the museum’s galleries. Those who are unable to attend in-person may view the program by Zoom. However, advanced registration is required. The link to register is available at www.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-art-museum/guild. With this blended approach, those attending will gather in the museum from 9:30-10 a.m. for in-person social time. The program will be from 10-11 a.m. with a short guild meeting following.

There is designated parking in front of Scobey Hall and behind Scobey Hall during the meeting. If there is a transportation need to and from the meeting, contact Pam Adler at 605-688-5423.

The 2021/2022 guild programs will provide lively conversation and interesting speakers from across the U.S. with ties to South Dakota and the South Dakota Art Museum. The guild supports the South Dakota Art Museum through programs like this, volunteering and art acquisition funds.

Guild membership is not required to attend these free programs, but the $20 annual dues support these programs and the guild’s Art Acquisition Fund.

Contact Carolyne Hart at 605-688-4313 with any questions regarding this program, registration and the use of Zoom.                                    

While university policy does not allow the museum to require masks, the Guild Board encourages everyone to wear a mask at the meeting.


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