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.

Patrick Hicks visits The BrickHouse

Patrick Hicks speaks at The BrickHouse

Patrick Hicks speaks at The BrickHouse

We hosted a small but appreciative crowd at The BrickHouse this past Tuesday for our latest Chautauqua Series presentation which kicks off our 50th Anniversary Season for the arts council. A heartfelt thanks to guest author and well-traveled Patrick Hicks from Augustana College and the South Dakota Humanities Council for their support of his visit to Madison. Be sure to look for Patrick’s latest novel this Spring from Random House, Inc.

Our 50th Celebration continues with a closing reception on October 3rd for guest artist Jerry Fogg at Dakota State, who we’ve partnered with once again for this showing. Stay connected with us for the latest on our efforts to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, and of course, join the party next time!

Our Chautauqua Series Returns this September with Patrick Hicks

Chautauqua Series with Patrick Hicks

Tuesday, September 17th

7pm, The BrickHouse Community Arts Center


We’ll kick off our 50th Anniversary Celebration with the return of our storied Chautauqua Series with accomplished writer and researcher Patrick Hicks and his South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau presentation “At Auschwitz and the Other Camps: Doing Research & Writing About a Nazi Concentration Camp”

Patrick Hicks is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Finding the Gossamer and This London, both from Ireland’s acclaimed press, Salmon Poetry. His work has appeared in some of the most vital literary journals and magazines in America, including Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Tar River Poetry, New Ohio Review, Natural Bridge, Salon, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, been a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. He has won the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, been a notable mention in Best American Stories, and he is the recipient of a number of grants, including ones from the Bush Artist Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His work with PBS’s Over South Dakota was nominated for an Emmy in 2012.

Patrick Hicks will be joining us this September for our next Chautauqua Series presentation.

Patrick Hicks will be joining us this September for our next Chautauqua Series presentation.

A former Visiting Fellow at Oxford and a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States, he is now the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College. For many years Patrick lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but he has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his four-year-old son, who was adopted from Korea. His first novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is about the Holocaust, will be published by Steerforth/Random House in 2014. His next collection of poetry, Adoptable, is forthcoming with Salmon. For more about his work, visit

This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Councill and is sponsored by the Madison Area Arts Council. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and is held at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, located in downtown Madison at 106 SE 2nd Street.

We’re back and ready to kick things off…

It’s been a good break, and we even found time to lend some support to Phil Baker as he performed in Library Park as part of their summer reading program this past July.  

We have a great fall season scheduled, so be sure to stay connected with us via Facebook or even Twitter, and we’ll do our best to keep you informed of the latest greatest from the Madison Area Arts Council. 


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