Bronze sculptor specializing in the human figure
Augustana BA Undergraduate University of South Dakota Graduate Featured Artist Sioux Falls Arts Council
Diana Behl is an artist and educator based in Brookings, SD. She holds an MFA and MA in Printmaking from The University of Iowa, a BFA in Two-Dimensional and Design Studies from Bowling Green State University, and is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at South Dakota State University. Behl has received grants from the Bush and Griffith Foundations and the South Dakota Arts Council to support her artistic and teaching practices, which are rooted in traditional and expanded printmaking processes and works on paper.
Solo, two, and three-person exhibits have been at the Greenleaf Gallery at Whittier College (Whittier, CA), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE), Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery at the University of Minnesota, Morris (Morris, MN), The Contemporary Dayton (Dayton, OH), and the South Dakota Art Museum (Brookings, SD). Recent group exhibits include Women’s Work at Olson-Larsen Gallery (Des Moines, IA), Small Works at Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and The Contemporary Print at Flatbed Press (Austin, TX). Her works on paper have been featured in New American Paintings, “New Editions” in Art in Print, as well as in artist-run publications such as Maake Magazine and Printeresting’s MANUAL.
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 Photos 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.
E. A. Zokaites is a professional fine artist and a creative writer. Her oil paintings and prints are available for sale at Eastbank Art Gallery, as well as the occasional art festival. She also does commission work, including her ever-popular pet portraits. In 2018-19, she was awarded the emerging artist grant from the SDAC. She received her master’s in creative writing from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Several of her poems and short stories have also appeared in print.
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.
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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.
Epiphany Knedler is an archiver of American life. Growing up in Vermillion, South Dakota, she finds comfort in Midwestern aesthetics and small-town familiarity. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BFA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography and a BA in Political Science. She completed her MFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography in 2020 at East Carolina University. She strives to find the quiet yet eccentric moments in familiar environments. She is currently based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota serving as an online Adjunct Instructor of Art across the nation. Her work has recently been exhibited with the North Carolina Museum of Art, CAM Raleigh, and Lenscratch.
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.
Artist for hire. People, pets and places, watercolor, pencil and more.