Arts & Culture Directory
Sioux Falls Arts & Culture Directory
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Caitlin Pisha is an interdisciplinary artist and designer, drawing from experience in both traditional and digital mediums. She creates to explore her context within the world–sharing her gestural and imaginative illustrations, designs, watercolors and colored pencil drawings. Through her work she explores the themes of context, meaning, and presence.
View her professional design portfolio at caitlinpisha.com
View her design products at pishadesignsupply.com
My wife, Kiesha, and I are the artists behind Up in Smoke Pottery. We have a line of stoneware objects for everyday use. But we're perhaps best known for our distinct line of "Smokeware."
We are particularly drawn to the natural warmth of raw unfinished pieces which is evident in both of our lines of pottery. Each piece is formed by me, the part of the process I have always enjoyed, and Kiesha prepares them for firing. Once we have lit the fire we relinquish control of the process and let nature finish our work. Each piece ends up one of a kind; with a bit of me, a bit of Kiesha, and bit of God’s influence. We embrace the unpredictability and variations in piece to piece. We love to look at each piece and try to figure out how or why the pattern and color turned out as it did.
Because our teachers have been the clay and the processes involved and we've embraced the trial and error methodology. We're not bound by the conventional rules of the ceramic process. All of these things are evident in the uniqueness of each object.
Bennis Art Studios specializes in Digital Illustration, Murals and Caricatures.
Digital Illustration - I can draw a plethora of subject matters in a cool and fun cartoon style. I draw people, buildings and animals for use in books, posters, web or whatever.
Murals - Whether it is a a quick acrylic marker piece on an office wall or a large spray paint piece on the side of a building, we can do it. Check out Bennis Art Studios on facebook to see time-lapse videos of murals getting painted. My murals are at Washington Pavilion, Dakota State University, Brandon Schools, Sioux Falls Christian, Boys and Girls Club, Ben's Brewing / Downtown Yankton, Prairie Soul Yoga, Churches, Libraries, Gyms and MORE!
Caricatures - Getting a silly cartoon drawing of yourself is as easy as emailing a photo and getting an original color digital caricature sent back for the cost of a meal. They can be used for profile pictures, Christmas cards, retirement, valentines or even for an obituary! I also draw live. Caricatures are drawn live digitally and printed out in full color on card stock.
I graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with degrees in Art, , emphasis
in painting. English with emphasis in writing, and an accidental minor in the History of Religion. I naturally ended up working as an illustrator and copy-
writer until computers and CGI began taking over and I felt I must leave the business. My work is now pretty much all in acrylics and on display at the East Bank Art Gallery. I have done many commissioned pieces and continue to accept them.
Darcy Millette lives and works in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is a BFA Painting graduate from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. In 2017 Darcy and Anthony Millette started Millette Studio, a collaborative art studio and online shop that makes and sells paintings and ceramics.
Darcy’s creative practice includes mixed media paintings that combine drawing and painting to create a layered nuanced space that bridges the observation of the representational world with the unknown abstract spiritual world. Darcy’s attention to gardening and the cycles of growth and decomposition speak to the history of still-life painting.
Darcy has recently been involved in creating community-based murals and is looking forward to getting involved with more community projects.
Bronze sculptor specializing in the human figure
Merecedes chooses to live her life in a dream-like state and view the world through an ethereal lens, transforming the mundane into magic and her surroundings into a surreal and vivid wonderland no matter where she is. This can be seen through her film photography where she uses all sorts of techniques to convey her dreamy reality into a tangible form for the viewer. Whether it be special film that shifts the colors and hues in an image to something much more mystical, soaking her film in different liquids to create trippy visual landscapes, or layering multiple exposures on top of each other while shooting to combine separate realities into one, her work is designed to envelop you in a strangely beautiful other world that she lives in every day.
DoeDeer Photography is the artist moniker that she uses; if it seems familiar it may be from the years she has spent documenting the local music scene here in Sioux Falls. Lately her focus has shifted towards the creation of a film photography scene in Sioux Falls, by way of The Silver Grain Collective, uniting the analog photographers of Sioux Falls!
Be on the lookout for upcoming shows and books, and please feel free to reach out via email if you would like to purchase any pieces or book a shoot, or even to get some film developed.
My name is Em Nguyen. I have lived in Sioux Falls for 29 years, and have been painting for the past ten. I was born in Vietnam, and when I was two my family and I moved to Sioux Falls. My favorite part of painting is making what I like to call “happy accidents.” I prefer a blissful marriage of watercolor and acrylic, and I’m inspired by landscapes and animals. I like combining the elements of nature with geometric shapes. Fusing together nature and sharp angles is one of my favorite contrasts. I love using vibrant colors and making surrealistic paintings. Welcoming to any subject matter of commission.
If you want to follow my works:
Facebook: Art by Em Nguyen
Emilie is a sculptor and appraiser. She was born and raised in Elkton, SD and has been a part of the Sioux Falls community for seven years. She received a BA in Fine Arts from South Dakota State University and just became an accredited member with the International Society Appraisers as a Personal Property Appraiser (Art, antiques, collectibles). Emilie wanted to push her art career further by becoming an appraiser and also fill a gap in the upper Midwest, where there aren’t many appraisers.
When Emilie sculpts it is mainly in clay, but in recent years she has tried other mediums such as beeswax and styrofoam for sculptural murals. Emilie and her husband Ryan just welcomed baby number two, so Emilie is at home with the two little ones currently finishing a sculpture series, with two more upcoming series and accepting appraisal assignments.
Erik Ritter earned his MFA in 1994 from the San Francisco Art Institute. He recently exhibited during Art Basel week in Miami, and at Scope International in New York. After a successful exhibition at the South Dakota Art Museum his assemblage piece “Bird of Time” was purchased for their permanent collection. He regularly facilitates sustainability themed art workshops for corporations, local elementary schools, and public art centers throughout the midwest. For the past ten years, Ritter has taught at several colleges and universities while developing online curriculum as a subject matter expert focusing on “Art in the World and the workplace.