Arts & Culture Directory
Sioux Falls Arts & Culture Directory
The purpose of SFAC’s Arts & Culture Directory is to have a go-to hub for artists and arts enthusiasts. The Arts Directory is useful when the SFAC and other organizations need to find artists for calls for art, art markets, art fairs, gallery showings, etc.
This also gives artists an opportunity for free promotion, by allowing them to create a free profile on the website that features an artist bio, links to websites and social media, and option to include up to 25 photos. By being part of the directory, artists are also included in special calls for art, and are the first to be alerted to local and regional artist opportunities.
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I began learning the cello in 5th grade at Mark Twain Elementary School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I asked for a greater challenge, my parents arranged for private lessons, and my growth as a cellist progressed quickly. By my sophomore year, I knew that I wanted to teach in schools, teach from my own studio, and perform whenever possible. I attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs, studied cello with Mary Lou Rylands, and achieved a dual degree with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, and a Bachelors of Science in Education.
The next chapter in my teaching and performing journey was in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. I taught in the Clark County School District for seven years, maintained a ‘travel-to-you’ music studio, and performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and other groups in the surrounding area for eight years. During the last years in the Moapa desert I was exposed to two ideas that greatly inform my philosophy of music education: Suzuki Method, and El Sistema. During the last 15 months in Las Vegas, I completed my Masters in Music Education from Boston University. This masters program further enhanced my desire to advance social justice in our world based strongly on the work of Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
I returned with my wife Maria and our son Liam to Sioux Falls in 2010. I began working in an Early Childhood Suzuki violin program that fall and developing a private studio from my home while substitute teaching the Sioux Falls School District. By the Spring, I interviewed successfully to teach as a Middle School and Elementary School string teacher. I also began as a section cellist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and as acting principal in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015 I attended my first Suzuki Summer Institute in Chicago. This institute was founded by Gilda Barston and is a cello mecca. The campus of Trinity College provides facilities and a beautiful backdrop for indoor and outdoor music-making. I took the first course required for book training, Every Child Can! and Book 1 training with Barbara Wampner. I returned in 2016 to take book 2 and 3 training with Barbara Wampner. I took a one year break before doubling my efforts and attending the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis in May, and book 4 and 5 training with Pamela Devenport in July. I plan to continue my book training by returning to CSI for book 6 and 7 training in the summer of 2020.
I highly recommend that all families read Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki. I first read this book at the time of Liam’s birth in Las Vegas. The themes and ideas shared by Dr. Suzuki were overwhelming as I considered my role as a father and my greatest hopes for my first born. That I can share the process of building noble spirits through music with you and your family is my artistic profession and my personal passion.
Suzuki Association of the Americas Bio Page
I perform with acoustic and electric cello under the name Phaedra. I like to incorporate live looping techniques with familiar and original compositions. I am quite comfortable jamming in myriad idioms of music alone or with others. My time living in Las Vegas provided many opportunities to perform. The Las Vegas Philharmonic afforded me the opportunity to perform with Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Williams, Matt Haimovitz, and Clint Holmes to name a few. Additionally, I performed with Wayne Newton’s Show for a week’s run, and The Lion King Las Vegas for several weeks, as well as more weddings than I can count or remember. While now my main performing gigs tend to be classical concerts with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra or the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, I am always interested in collaborating with other musicians. Please check out the Psalm project with Shane Heilman, and the Covid Cello Project with Tony Rogers for recent performance work.
Poet and artist Angelica Mercado-Ford inhabits the borderlands in between two cultures, two countries, and two identities. She explores a way out of the in-between through poetry and mixed media artworks both playful and powerful. Mercado was born in Jalisco, Mexico, grew up in Fremont, NE, and now resides in Sioux Falls, SD. She earned her BA in Fine Arts from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education in teaching from the University of Sioux Falls. Her work touches on topics such as immigration, feminism, diversity, and cultural awareness. She has work published in the Briar Cliff Review, Cream City Review, Acentos Review, Roanoke Review, Glass Poetry Press, Z's Publishing House's "America's Emerging Poets 2018," among others. Her artwork has been exhibited in Clausen Gallery, Sioux City Art Center, Washington Pavilion's Visual Arts Center, Exposure Gallery, Post Pilgrim Gallery, Arc Gallery, among others. She is the author of "Todo Revoluciona," a book of poetry published in March of 2019 by Harsan Publishing.
Follow Angelica on social media @amercadowrites
Hi! I'm an artist from Sioux Falls, working with encaustic medium.
I use paintbrushes, a blow torch, irons and a heat gun to push colors around & form movement.
My palette is filled with soup cans & tins that rest on a heated griddle. I have sticks, picks, knives & scrapers to mold the wax & carve detail. This is the magic of working with encaustic!
I create my encaustic clear medium by mixing beeswax with damar crystals which act as a hardener. Many of my colors are custom created mixtures of dry pigments to which I add to the clear medium. A key component in working with encaustic is each layer of wax must be fused together with the previous layer by heat. Details can be captured in time as layers of wax are melted, waiting to be scraped away to reveal new patterns that are hidden beneath!
Classically trained representational painter and teacher specializing in portraiture and still life.
Anna Youngers’ sensitive and timeless depictions reveal beauty in both the common and the extraordinary. She credits her classical atelier training and apprenticeship with providing her the strong foundation in draftsmanship and the traditional craft of oil painting. Her working methods today continue to evolve, but remain strongly rooted in the classical tradition. Youngers has received numerous awards and honors for her work, such as inclusion in the prestigious Hudson River Fellowship, and the South Dakota Artist Fellowship Grant. Her work has been in exhibitions around the United States, and has also been featured in major national publications including American Art Collector.
Anna also teaches workshops/classes, and accepts private commissions. For more information, visit her website annayoungers.com
Apolonia Davalos is named after APPOLLONIA, an ancient, biblical town, in Macedonia, Greece, south of Lake Bolbe, known today as Nea Apollonia. Director/Writer: "Children of War," "Writer’s Block," and "Sam & Sam." Feature Film Credits: "The Good Book," "Providence," "The Perfect Wedding," "Fearsville 2," "The Invasion of Kelly," "Jolly," and "Harlem Shadows." Cast in the pilot episode for the original TV show "The Alley." She received great acclaim for the originated role of Lynn Cordero for the Off-Broadway production "Looking For Billy Haines." She starred in Boston’s professional premiere of "Metamorphoses" as Myrrha at Boston Center for the Arts. Ms. Davalos made her Nashville theatrical debut as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 25th Anniversary production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Under her previous theater production company APOLONIAD Productions, she is also recognized as the producer and director of the Euripides Series in Times Square (2010) with productions of "Andromache" and "Hippolytus." Known for her hearty laugh, talent for accents, love for martial arts, and singing standard 1930’s tunes!
Art that the locals call "weird", "squishy" and "intergalactic"
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i am a designer and artist from the sioux falls area working mostly in the graphic world, but also frequently in digital and analog collage, acrylic painting, printmaking, and more. common themes visited in my work are change & growth, reflection, perception, and my personal, bittersweet view of the people, places, and things in my life and the experiences I’m able to have with them; a homemade look and feel to bring comfort to the masses!
i am currently attending the minneapolis college of art and design for a bfa in graphic design, expecting to graduate fall of 2023.
Bethany Noordmans is the photographer behind Bethany Noel Photography. Bethany's images focus on nature and landscapes in South Dakota and the surrounding areas, as well as portrait and event work.
Dr. Brian Hanegan is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. He directs the Northlanders Jazz Ensemble and jazz combos, teaches studio saxophone, jazz improvisation, woodwind methods, and the history of jazz, blues, and rock. In addition, he supervises the annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival.
He began his professional career as the saxophonist in a summer revue show at Valleyfair Amusement Park in Minneapolis, MN (2006-08). Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Hanegan worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as a multiple-woodwind artist in a seven-piece show orchestra. With Carnival, Hanegan performed nightly alongside musicians from all over the world and served as musical director of the Carnival Elation in 2012. Hanegan has performed with Jeff Coffin, Bob Mintzer, Scotty Barnhart, Byron Stripling, Mike Tomaro, John Raymond, Allen Vizzutti, Mike Tomaro, Adam Meckler, Arthur “LA” Buckner, Frankie Avalon, and The Temptations. In addition, he has opened for Cheap Trick, Sister Hazel, The Wallflowers, Heart, John Pardi, and Mitchell Tenpenny.
In 2017, Hanegan completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at North Dakota State University. At NDSU, he studied with Dr. Matthew Patnode and assisted in teaching the Gold Star Marching Band, Jazz Lab Band, jazz improvisation, saxophone quartets, and the saxophone studio. In addition, Hanegan graduated from the University of South Dakota, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Kocher and earned a Master of Music degree (with specialization) in saxophone performance and assisted in teaching jazz improvisation, Jazz Lab Band, and the saxophone studio. Hanegan also graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, where he studied with Frederic Hemke. During his time at NSU, he was a regional finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition (2007-08), NSU Concerto Competition winner (2008), and received an Award of Musical Distinction for outstanding musical achievement and contribution (2008).
Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Hanegan served on the faculties at Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) and the International Music Camp (North Dakota-Manitoba border). He has performed with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and is actively performing across the Midwest with the Sioux Falls #1 local best band Goodroad, the Brian Hanegan Quartet, and several other jazz projects. Hanegan is an Aaron Drake Mouthpieces Performing Artist.