Aaron Packard teaches digital photography and is the Visual Editor (photographer) for the University of South Dakota. He earned his MFA in Photography and has over 25 years of experience in fine art and commercial photography. His clients have included Avera Health, Black Hills Ammunition, and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. His images have been published by the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Family Circle. In addition to displaying his art in national and international exhibitions, Packard has won numerous regional and national awards.
Adam Beilke is a visual artist and designer born and raised in Sioux Falls. His psychedelic and nostalgic style is known for creating an abstract euphoria for your mind to lose itself in. Elements of humanity, nature, vivid colors, geometric shapes, and much more are found within Adam’s collective project: Viable Psyche. Promoting a message of open-minded growth and interpretation, this entity can be spotted with its unmistakable trademark logo, Planter. Viable Psyche can be considered the necessary blend of art, clothing, culture, and ideology that has blossomed from South Dakota.
Although Adam loves to paint and draw, perhaps his most remarkable medium is giving birth to mind-melting VHS tapes. Spreading rapidly across downtown Sioux Falls, the optical phenomenon of his animated entertainment is displayed through retro CRT television sets. All of the visual media Viable Psyche produces can be witnessed in person at upcoming galleries or various local events. With a burning desire to create the unimaginable, it’s no wonder why Adam Beilke is one of the art world’s latest diamonds in the rough.
Aland Azez was born in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq and grew up in the Northern region of Turkey before he immigrated to the United States. His Kurdish roots prompt his artistic themes to revolve around the question of fragmentation, dependence, self-discovery, rejection, and belonging. Azez uses themes like death and rebirth to explore the meaning of life and generational trauma alongside the challenge of masculinity and gender expectations in society. He is self-taught and uses ink and pencil as his preferred mediums. Aland Azez hopes to find a space for self-expression and artistic innovation within the Sioux Falls arts community and further his career path through the sharing of art.
I have spent my lifetime taking photographs. The photo image fulfills my deep need to stop things from disappearing. I want to retain that special magic which I have looked for and found in unique buildings or rural areas , to capture the mood, and to find beauty in the most unlikely places.” This is a passion since I was a child . Self taught, starting with a small box Brownie camera, I have been published and awarded over the last 30 years including National Geographic, Photographers Forum Magazine, International Photography Society “Amateur Photographer of the Year 04” and more. I get a since of peace when I’m out shooting Fine Art and Unique Portraiture , while travel and living in several states has given me an opportunity to enjoy and capture the diversity in each photo .
I am a multimedia artist. My practice is ever-shifting but, presently uses magazine collage, acrylic paint collage, and acrylic painting to explore psychological phenomena and the human condition more broadly.
Amber Hansen is a filmmaker, muralist, visual artist and musician who creates socially engaged and community-based artwork throughout the Midwest. Hansen’s work is a dialogue between her formal education and her rural upbringing. She promotes creative engagement for all ages while raising questions about the ethics of animal welfare and our relationship with food.
Hansen is the co-director & co-editor of the feature documentary Called to Walls. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota where she teaches painting, and is the president of the board of the Community Built Association.
Amy Jarding is a visual artist living in Sioux Falls. She creates mixed media pieces, obscuring everyday objects into surreal visions with the use of collage, painting and sewing on her canvas. Bright pops of color and small hints of humor offer the viewer their own experience within each piece.
This exploratory nature extends to her work with textiles, in which she creates large scale weavings from yarn and found material. Hailing praise towards process, Jarding finds the creative development of her work just as important as the completed piece.
The Red Door Creations logo features the front door of the Barney’s home. The red door represents the combination of our passion for both the arts and our home and family. Red Door Creations is a home based cottage industry featuring fine art and crafts by Tara Barney and Andrew Barney. Together they have been creating fine art since 2002. Both have participated in the many aspects of the fine arts and crafts industry including teaching, production, management, marketing and sales.
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.
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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!