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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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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.