Augustana’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery Features ‘The Augustana Senior Show’

April 27, 2023
Danny Shektybayeva, “Last Days We’ve Spent Together,” markers, 2021

Pictured above: Danny Shektybayeva, “Last Days We’ve Spent Together,” markers, 2021

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University opens “The Augustana Senior Show,” on view through Saturday, May 20. A gallery reception will be held on Friday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m., with awards and artist talks at 7:30 p.m.

As part of the Augustana Senior Show, a wide variety of works, including ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, digital photography and graphic design are on exhibit. Beyond the diversity of mediums, seven graduating seniors brought their own unique approaches to their art making, informed by their wide range of second majors, minors and vocational interests.

A large portion of this graduating cohort blended studio art with the sciences. Alexa V. Schroeder ‘23 recently completed an architecture internship and found that the problem-solving skills she has developed in studio art can help her in real-world architectural situations.

“I was drawn to Augustana for its science, but stayed for its art,” noted Schroeder, who is an art major with a pre-architecture emphasis. 

Camryn Van Lingen, “Ethereal Awakening,” oil, fall 2022
   Camryn Van Lingen, “Ethereal Awakening,” oil, fall 2022

“Art has given me a different way to approach computer science projects. In art, you must start abstractly, then gradually work your piece to be more defined. This is the same for a computer science program. You can’t start with specific parts of the project. You need to start with an abstract idea that gradually gets implemented,” said Marcus Naess ‘23, an art and computer science double major who found many connections between his seemingly diverse majors.

“I love puzzle solving. I find there is something exciting about repeatedly trying to solve little problems, which I have found to be the biggest part of both art and computer science,” explained Elaine Taggatz ‘23, a double major in studio art and computer science.

Post-graduation, Taggatz is pursuing a graduate degree in library science.

“It’s been fun to see how studio art and education intertwine in ways I never expected,” noted Camryn Van Lingen ‘23, who is completing both her senior show and student teaching this semester.

“One of my favorite crossovers has been how important it is to create an environment where making mistakes is okay. It doesn’t matter if it’s math, English or art, making mistakes is part of the process and serves as a great learning opportunity for students. Far too often mistakes are discouraged and counted as wrong. Instead, we should offer grace to both students and ourselves!”

“Sculpture is a very unpredictable medium and you’ll always have something that doesn’t always turn out the exact way you think it will. This really humbles a person and makes you have to be okay with having to change ideas and not give up,” explained Grace Dixon ‘23, who is a double major in studio art and history.

The Augustana University Art Department is proud to present the following graduating artists:

  • Grace Dixon | Art and History Major | Olathe, Kansas
  • Marcus Naess | Art and Computer Science Major, Data Science Minor | Bergen, Norway
  • Alexa V. Schroeder | Art (Pre-Architecture) Major, Spanish Minor | Sioux Falls
  • Dariga (Danny) Shektybayeva | Art and Physics (Dual-Degree Engineering) Major, Mathematics Minor | Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • Elaine Taggatz | Art and Computer Science Major, Civitas Honors Program | Sioux Falls
  • Mary Tuggle | Art Major | Jasper, Alabama
  • Camryn Van Lingen | Art and Education Major, Civitas Honors Program | Sioux Falls

This exhibition is generously sponsored by the families of Palmer Eide and Ogden Dalrymple, professors emeriti of art.

About the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

As a part of Augustana University, the mission of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is to contribute to the educational and cultural vitality of the University, the surrounding community, and the state of South Dakota. The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery inspires the artists of today and tomorrow, and serves as a resource for teaching and promoting life-long learning through its permanent collection and temporary exhibition program with accompanying artist visits, gallery talks, and educational materials. 

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is named after pioneering Augustana University art professors Palmer Eide and Ogden Dalrymple. Many of their collaborative works are spread throughout the campus.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located at 30th Street and Grange Avenue, in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and major holidays.

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