New exhibitions announced at the Visual Arts Center


The Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion, South Dakota’s largest art museum, has several new exhibits and events to check out! From portraits of cats to large, colorful installations, the Visual Arts Center’s eight galleries have something for everyone.

“Our team at the Visual Arts Center have produced something truly unique with our new exhibits and are pushing the boundaries of what we can create. With the stunning pieces displayed in our eight galleries, I imagine the museum filled with children and families over the next few months,” says Brandon Hanson, director of museums at the Washington Pavilion. “People can expect to see more high-quality performances that attract large audiences and incredible variety at the Visual Arts Center.”

Discover these new exhibitions today:

Zenith Confusion | Everist Gallery | Now – September 23

Lisa Bergh uses figuration, color, place and architecture in her installations, which serve as both fragmented studies and finished works. Andrew Nordin’s work focuses on mixed media painting techniques, using acrylic and oil paint, and weaves together questions and ideas about abstraction and inventive painting processes.

Washington Pavilion Gala Exhibition | Entrance gallery | Now – May 31

Celebrate and support the arts! The artists included in this year’s Gala exhibition have been hand-picked based on their continued demonstration of excellence in their individual practice. All works will be auctioned at the Washington Pavilion’s inaugural gala on June 2.

Go back to work Doyg | Jerstad Gallery | Now – November 27

Artist and New Zealand native Doug Burns uses collage to tell his story, and the found objects have become a reflection of his life as a working dad adjusting to a busy life. Can you see pieces of yourself in Doug’s work?

A gateway to a place between | Young Artists Gallery | Now – August 21

The Young Artists Gallery is dedicated to giving university students an entry point into the fine arts and showcasing how incredible talent is emerging in our community. On display now, see meaningful artwork by students of South Dakota State University’s art program.

cat, tiger, cat | Shultz Gallery | Now – June 19

Judith R. Peterson’s exhibit asks us to look at cats and reflect on our relationship with them. What do we see when we look at cats? What do cats think when they look at us? Who is the tiger cat?

In addition to these new exhibitions, the Visual Arts Center features Northern Plains tribal artists in the Egger Gallery and a sampling of new works from the contemporary gallery’s permanent collection. The Raven Children’s Studio also offers crayons, chalk, drawing materials and more to exhibit and engage our youngest visitors in the arts.

Coming soon at the Visual Arts Center:

How To Say Goodbye | Trimble Bates Gallery | May 6 – Oct 30

Amber Hansen is a muralist and visual artist who creates socially and community-minded artwork and promotes creative engagement for all ages. In her paintings you will find a reflection of what she has gained and lost over the past two years. In the summer of 2020, she buried a lifelong companion, a horse named Autumn, and her memory lives on in Hansen’s work.

Special artists’ reception on the first free Friday:

Join us for the first free Friday on May 6, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.! The Visual Arts Center will be a stop on the Downtown Sioux Falls Art and Wine Walk, and the evening will include entertainers, cash bar, live band, and free cake! Sip wine and support local artists.

The Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is dedicated to building, preserving, and curating its collections for the people of South Dakota and global audiences. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about each exhibit or to reserve your museum admission online, please visit


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