For the second year, the Black Hills State University (BHSU) Senior Art Exhibit will take place at The Matthews Art Gallery.  Be sure to scroll down to see some of the student work that will be on display.


 April 5 – 27 
Gallery hours: Mon-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 7 – 5-7 p.m.

It’s required

1954-webThis show is a requirement for graduation with a degree in art.  It will feature 18 BHSU students in their final semesters of study.  Each student will have several pieces of work on display.  During the evening of the opening reception, the students present a short talk — about 2 minutes each — about their work. The reception takes place 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 7 in the Art Gallery.

“We are happy to have the exhibition at The Matthews’ art gallery again this year. This space provides a fresh, professional experience for our students. We hope to continue this collaboration,” remarks BHSU’s art professor, Ann Porter.

“We had such an amazing experience working with the art seniors last year and are thrilled that we get to host them again.  It is truly inspiring to see what the students have been working on. It’s uplifting to see their excitement when we open the doors for the artist reception,” comments Samantha Thompson, gallery and events manager.

Many of the pieces of art are available for purchase.

Honored students

Devin Stevens
Kayla Tronnes
Nikki Biegler
Nia Shumpert
Jamie Aylmer
Anna Burbank
Conor Maguire
Alex Rettinghouse
Alexis Shaffer
Kaylie Hairychin
Hunter Smith
Ramona Roll
Brandi Roetzel
Matthew Harnden
Chanel Wiggan
Janet Diaz
Megan Lapka
Michelle Stevens​

Preview of some of the art to be shown

"The Past is Pure" by Janet Diaz

“The Past is Pure” by Janet Diaz

By Alex Rettinghouse

By Alex Rettinghouse

"1954" by Anna Burbank

“1954” by Anna Burbank

By Nia Shumpert

By Nia Shumpert



Sponsored by…

Thank you to the sponsors that help us bring art shows, plays, concerts, and other live entertainment acts to The Matthews.  We couldn’t do it without you.  

KEVN Black Hills Fox, Modern Woodmen, South Dakota Arts Council, Great Western Bank, Killian’s Tavern, Black Hills Pioneer, Century 21, Bay Leaf Cafe, Clark Printing, City of Spearfish, Wolff’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Lucky’s 13 Pub, Spearfish Holiday Inn, Zonta Club of Spearfish, Optimist Club of Spearfish, The Matthews’ family, The Kelley family — CLICK HERE to visit these sponsors’ business websites.

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