Scott Parsons is an international award-winning artist. He teaches printmaking and drawing at Augustana College. Scott has received numerous public art commissions across the United States and Canada. His work includes percent-for-art and private commissions for churches, museums, research facilities, university buildings and transportation centers. Scott was recognized by Art in America for creating one of the most significant works of public art in the United States in 2002. He has received national and international awards for his art, including the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association Honor Award. Scott's work is reviewed widely, including in Art in America, Sculpture, Architectural Record, and Public Art Review. Scott has exhibited at the South Dakota Art Museum, the Dahl Arts Center, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Scott received his bachelor's degree in art from Augustana College and his M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
John Peters received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, School of Art and Design, Champaign-Urbana in Sculpture. He received his B.A. from Augustana College with a major in Art. John is currently working part-time in the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts photographing and electronically cataloging church art and architecture in the Sioux Falls area. This is intended to increase the resources available at the Liturgical Art Center for architects, artists, designers, priests, ministers and church congregations of all denominations. He is also a self-employed artist and is teaching for South Dakota State University. John has experience teaching design, humanities through the arts, art history, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, art and children, intro to art, design and painting. John's work can be seen in many Sioux Falls churches as well as the Washington Pavilion Visual Art Center.
Gerry Punt received his B.F.A. from Sioux Falls College. He has been an artist-in-residence at Augustana College, an instructor of ceramics and sculpture at Northwestern College, and is currently an Assistant professor of Art at Augustana College. He has presented workshops and numerous exhibitions most recently including: USD Claywork Ceramics Invitational; Joint show with Julie Punt and Marianne Larsen at Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, Augustana College; Willard Gallery, Kansas State University; Joint show with Julie Punt and Marianne Larsen at Koch, Hazard, Baltzer Architecture Firm; Faculty Art Exhibit, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, Augustana College. Gerry has also won many awards including: Center for Western studies "Artist of the Plains" People's Choice Award, Sioux Falls, S.D.; one of South Dakota Selects, at the Governor's Award Night, Pierre, S.D., and many others.
Tom Shields received his M.F.A. from Louisiana Tech and did post-graduate work at Southern Methodist University, Dallas; Vermont Studio School (Philadelphia College of Art) and Kent State University. A prolific national exhibition record includes: the 52nd Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio; Showcase, Louisville, Ky.; New American Talent, Austin, Texas; La Grange National, La Grange, Ga.; and numerous one-person exhibitions. He specializes in graphic design and oil painting. Computer programs taught include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, and InDesign.
Sculpture professor Steve Thomas' mission is to "utilize my work experience in private and public art to become a servant of the general public in the person of an artist." Steve is an Augustana College graduate and has a Master of Fine Art from the University of South Dakota. He has done continued studies at the University of Minnesota and in Italy and has taught sculpture in France and Great Britain. He has a passion for art education and the development of creating thinking skills in children. Steve has public art works in Sioux Falls and throughout the region. He is a recipient of the Sioux Falls Mayor's Award in the Arts and has been a member of the Sioux Falls Board of Parks and Recreation for over ten years. Steve also oversees the pre-architecture program within the art department.
Dr. Lindsay Twa
Dr. Twa teaches the Introduction to World Art History courses, an Art-after-1945 seminar, and a capstone class on race and representation with Dr. Mark Larson of the biology department. She also leads art history travel courses to London and New York City during the spring breaks. Her research focuses on the black diaspora and exchanges between African-American artists and the Caribbean, particularly Haiti. Dr. Twa also directs the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, where she organizes and curates seven exhibitions each year and oversees a permanent art collection of over 3500 art objects. She received her bachelor’s degree in studio art and music from Concordia College, and M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Robert J Aldern
Robert Aldern, professor emeritus of Art, former department chair, and Artist-in-Residence at the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts at Augustana College, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011. He was 82. Bob continues to be a guiding light for the Art Department and Augustana College:
“I want my paintings to seed my remaining seasons.
Through the textural changes of plowing, harrowing, planting, cultivating;
Growing to blossom
And yielding to harvest
To be disked and plowed again
For freezing snow and wind.
Now, resting is the time
For a gathering, scar soaked earth
Later carrying seeds to birth."
-Bob Aldern (from 1991)
Robert Aldern received his BFA from the University of Hartford, Hartford School of Art, Hartford, Connecticut and his B.A. degree from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. More here.
Carl Grupp received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. He received his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He also did undergraduate study at School of Associated Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Carl has won many awards and distinctions including Who's Who in American Art and numerous other local and national awards. He has been selected to participate in over a hundred exhibitions, most recently including The Narrative Impulse: The Works of Carl Grupp & James Munce at the University of New Hampshire. His work is also in the collections of the Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, South Dakota, and many other local and national museums. He specializes in printmaking, drawing and watercolor.