Category Archives: Exhibitions

Jerry Fogg Piece Acquired…

We were glad to help sponsor artist Jerry Fogg’s recent showing at First Bank & Trust Gallery at Dakota State University. Part of that agreement included our purchase of an original piece from Jerry, which will be placed on loan to the Madison Public Library in the coming weeks ahead, yet another way we’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary.
“New Moon In Dakota Territory”

Fogg Loan

In the territory called Dakota settled the Oyate humans who formed the three clans of Dakota, Lakota and Nakota of the plains. Living peacefully in their own time, they celebrated by the darkness of the new moon and its cycle’s non-appearance in the heavens.

This 1886 Dakota Territory map shows the area which was vastly settled by whites, forcing the new moon celebrations to become just a dark period of time for these Oyate humans.

With time and science came the understanding of the moon’s recurring cycles. Now we look to the stars for new cultural practices.

‘Bat House Party’ a Success for Cause…

Bat House Party at The BrickHouse

Bat House Party at The BrickHouse

A note from Angela Behrends on Wednesday night’s Bat House Party at The BrickHouse:

I’d like to extend special appreciation and thanks to Nathan Edwards and KDSU’s “The Wolf” for fantastic music and mad, mad DJ skills, to our costume judges Susan Conover, Susan Langner, and Jeff Howard, to Chris Francis and Emmeline Elliott of the Madison Area Arts Council, to Eric Stykel, Chris Francis, John Nelson, and Cassie Marie Edwards for donating artwork, and to all of the ART121 students at DSU that contributed their time and design talents! Now THAT’s a community effort!

Together, we raised well over $400, which will go directly to the construction of bat habitats on the campus of Dakota State. Angela will be continuing to work on the project in the coming months, we’ll be sure to share the latest as this project continues forward.

Jerry Fogg Reception at DSU…


We partnered with the Dakota State University Gallery to bring noted Lakota artist Jerry Fogg to Madison once again, check out this our photo album via Facebook for a few pictures from his recent reception.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Jerry’s showing, much appreciated.

2 Big Nights this October…

Bat to Back

Bat House Party!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013


The BrickHouse Community Arts Center

We’re going batty, literally!

bat angela

Join us for our next great event at The BrickHouse with “Bat House Party”, as we join forces with Dakota State University and instructor Angela Behrends to raise funds to purchase actual bat houses, to be placed on the grounds of the college.

This costume party fundraiser will feature one-of-a-kind original art postcards and hand-made masks created by DSU art students which will be for sale for $20 each, with proceeds benefiting the project. In addition, the Madison Area Arts Council will host additional bat-themed art created by DSU art faculty and local area artists, which will also be available to purchase in support of the project.

A $5 donation at the door is suggested, which will benefit the project as well. Awards will be given for best costumes, refreshments will be served, and a good time will be had by all.

Phantom Balance Live in Madison

Thursday, October 31, 2013


DSU Trojan Underground

We’re excited to welcome back our friends Phantom Balance to Madison this October. Dakota State Live Productions (DSU Live) and the Madison Area Arts Council have partnered together to bring this past year’s Jazzfest headliner of the ‘Second Stage’ to the Underground at Dakota State University.

This performance is open to the community, all ages, and is free to attend.

Plans announced for ‘Bat House Party’ to benefit Dakota State.

MAAC to support alternative housing fundraiser for DSU bat population


Angela Behrends, Dakota State University instructor, is fascinated with bats after working outdoors as a Naturalist for the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (SDGFP) the last few summers. She recognized the benefit of bats as a natural insect predator.

At Dakota State University, most faculty and students are aware that bats frequently find their way into East Hall and Beadle Hall on the DSU campus. Remembering the poor, frightened bat that interrupted Behrends’ art history survey class in the East Hall auditorium compelled her to find out more about these creatures of the night and to implement the topic in one of her art classes at DSU.

This SDGFP and DSU convergence got Behrends thinking about how DSU could take on the bat situation while keeping the bats’ safety and security in mind, but still eliminating them from the interior atmosphere of the historic structures.

This semester, Behrends is teaching an Honors Art 121 Design 1 2D course comprised of 21 students. Along with the normal design work they will complete for the art class, their special honors project will focus on finding solutions for how the DSU community can co-exist with the campus bat community. The first step the class took towards a solution was to invite bat experts to campus to educate the class on bat basics.

Sarah Lewis, an SDSU graduate student studying artificial roosts for bats, and her advisor Associate Professor Dr. Scott Pedersen, spoke with the Art 121 class about their bat research: habits, habitats and other important bat information, to help the students devise a plan on how to humanely evict the unwanted indoor inhabitants of the campus buildings.

After the Lewis and Pedersen presentation, and with the help of Physical Plant Director Pat Keating, a small group took a tour of the attic of East Hall and the exteriors of East and Beadle Hall. The experts determined that the bat population around Beadle shows signs of being temporary roosts, which means the bat population will more than likely migrate to another location for winter. But, when the group toured the East Hall location, another conclusion of that bat population was determined.

The East Hall bats need to find an alternate habitat. The experts suggested conducting an exclusion, which means installing one-way shoots made of fabric or netting placed around the bat entry points, allowing the animals to exit the building safely. When the bats try to return to the entry point, they are unable to find the opening because the exclusion material covers points of entry, hence the term exclusion. Once the bats have left the building, their entry points are sealed. The removal tactic is hoped to rid the building of the unwanted visitors, and the installation of bat boxes on the exterior of the building may give the bats and alternate place to relocate. Exclusions should not be performed in the spring or summer when bat nursery roosts are established and functioning.

After it was determined that artificial roosts might improve the bat situation on the DSU campus, the Honors Art 121 class decided to do a fundraiser in order to purchase the high-quality bat boxes recommended by Lewis. The artificial roosts will be hung on East Hall. The goal of the group is to get the boxes installed this fall.

“Bat House Party” is an effort to raise the funds to purchase bat boxes, in conjunction with the Madison Area Arts Council. This costume party fundraiser is being held on Wednesday, Oct. 30th at The BrickHouse in Madison. At the evening event, one-of-a-kind postcards and hand-made masks created by DSU art students will be for sale. In addition, the Madison Area Arts Council is asking for donations of bat-themed art created by DSU art faculty and local area artists. More details of the fundraiser will be released later next week.

A single hunting bat can consume more than 1,000 mosquitos an hour. Most bats we see in our buildings are Big Brown Bats (which usually weigh under 30 grams). Red bats are extremely beneficial to area farmers since they have a specialized diet, eating exclusively corn moths. Behrends said, “If we think about it, we don’t want bats to disappear. The presence of bats in our community is a sign of a healthier ecosystem. We want to encourage more bat habitat around Madison, and then the bats could eat the bugs instead of us spraying insecticides on our skin and around the city.”


Reception for Jerry Fogg in Madison

Work of artist Jerry Fogg

Work of artist Jerry Fogg

Thursday October 3rd

5:30-7pm, First Bank & Trust Gallery

Join us for the closing reception for Native Soul: Jerry Fogg Tribal Art, currently on display at Dakota State University. The Madison Area Arts Council and the First Bank & Trust Gallery partnered to bring this showing once again back to Madison, with Jerry first showing at The BrickHouse last Spring. The FB&T gallery is located within the Mundt Library, which can be found on the west side of campus, with parking available in the front of the library, or along Egan Avenue.

Jerry’s work is currently on display through October 3rd in the college gallery, which is open from 8am-12 midnight M-Thursday, 8am-7pm on Friday, 2pm-12 midnight on Sunday.

“Journey Women” artworks displayed Thursday

Several Madison area artists part of collaborative effort

Emmeline Elliott 

 A dozen or more pairs of hands shaped each artwork featured at the next Madison Area Arts Council art show.

Selections from "Journey Women" and "Journey Women II: Shrine•Altar•Box" will be shown at Thursday's Madison Area Arts Council art show. A number of artists with local ties were part of the collaborative art project.

Selections from “Journey Women” and “Journey Women II: Shrine•Altar•Box” will be shown at Thursday’s Madison Area Arts Council art show. A number of artists with local ties were part of the collaborative art project.

Selections from both showings of “Journey Women” will be presented Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, located at 106 SE 2nd St. The one-night show is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, including a cake to celebrate MAAC’s 49th birthday.

“Journey Women” is a collaborative art project among South Dakota female artists, several who have local ties. Twelve artists created 12 art dolls for “Journey Women,” which were exhibited at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls in 2009. “Journey Women II: Shrine•Altar•Box” involved 13 artists and was displayed at the Pavilion in 2012. The “Journey Women” artists are currently working on their third endeavor, which will show in 2014.


Madison artist Ginny Freitag organized “Journey Women” along with Connie Herring, who gave the project its name. Freitag had looked at journals of art dolls and thought it’d be fun to do with a large group.

Month by month, the artworks are rotated among the artists. The artist can add or alter the piece, but not remove items. A journal travels with each object for the artists to record their additions and thoughts on the artwork.

Freitag said she enjoys receiving a new piece each month. The project gives each artist an opportunity to use her own set of skills to add to the object.

“It’s fun. It’s surprising and working out of your comfort zone,” Freitag said.


Fellow artist Lisa Shoemaker said the “Journey Women” art doll sculptures were a challenge that helped her grow in the use of her normal medium of oil and acrylic painting.

“It wasn’t just a journey with the dolls, but it was a journey for all the artists,” Shoemaker said. Real life issues affecting the artists “reflected back in the work, either consciously or unconsciously.”

Working with the first couple pieces of a “Journey Women” project can be intimidating because the object is still something of a blank canvas, Shoemaker said. By the third or fourth rotation, the artwork is finding a direction.


Freitag likes to add things that tie items together on the artwork, which gets harder to do as the project nears completion. She said it’s inspiring to see the mediums the other artists use on the pieces.

“The creativity of the group is incredible,” Freitag said.

Along with Freitag, Herring and Shoemaker, other “Journey Women” artists include Jill Frederick, Eve Fisher, Donna Hazelwood, Winnie Giles, Angela Behrends, Beth Prostrollo, Allyson Nagel, Lynn Verschoor, Erin Castle, Grete Bodogaard and Nancy Losacher.


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