Gallery 110, part of the University Art Galleries, recently hosted an exhibit from the University Loan Gallery, featuring local artists.
The University Loan Gallery loans works of art from its collection that are valued at $500 or less for use in public spaces on campus.
Regina Jahr, mother of student Chris Jahr, walked through the gallery on Sept. 1. Jahr had visited the gallery last spring and said that the gallery was very different this year.
Jahr said she enjoyed the wide array of art work displayed at the gallery.
“I think it’s great to showcase student work and artists connected to South Dakota,” Jahr said.
Although Jahr said she had only been at the gallery for about 20 minutes, she was impressed with what she saw in the short amount of time.
Freshman Jamie Brooks said she walks by the galleries on her way to her music appreciation class.
“It’s really cool how students are able to show their work for other students to see,” Brooks said.
Erazmus said that during the week many of the pieces of work have already been chosen for places on campus.
Erazmus said it is important that Gallery 110, as well as the other art galleries, help with education.
“Using the art galleries for education helps students learn outside of the classroom,” Erazmus said.
Erazmus explained that there are many different cultures to learn about through the art galleries.
“There are German, Japanese and especially Native American pieces of artwork to see,” Erazmus said.
Erazmus said another important purpose of the art gallery remains exhibiting local artists.
“You don’t have to go to New York City to be a big deal. Members of the Vermillion community usually know the local artists,” Erazmus said.
Reach reporter Emily Niebrugge at Emily.Niebrugge@usd.edu