Artwork by a recent Augustana graduate will be featured on Sioux Area Metro buses for the duration of 2014 in an effort to engage and educate the public about sustainability.
The announcement was made earlier today at a news conference on Augustana's campus.
"Vitality," a piece by 2014 graduate Anh Ta, appears in a new ad campaign designed by Sioux Falls' Public Works Environmental Division. The focus of the initiative is to "enhance social, economic and environmental interests in an effort to increase overall community vitality."
“Art evokes emotion from its viewers, and we wanted to channel that emotion and capture the attention of the public to educate them about sustainability while also providing an opportunity for local art students,” said Jessica Lantgen, sustainability technician.
Ta used the opportunity to express to the public that nature should be enjoyed and protected.
“I think that artists have great opportunities as well as responsibilities to use their skills and talents to create something that benefits other people and the community," Ta said.
Today's announcement marks another honor in Ta's growing list of professional achievements. In May, she was named the recipient of the prestigious Harold Spitznagel Medal for Achievement in Art, the highest award presented by the Augustana Art Department. Ta is only the second international student to receive the award, intended to recognize student artists who demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in all their artistic endeavors throughout their Augustana careers.
She has also attended summer sessions at the nationally famous Frogman’s Print Workshop, where she earned a scholarship to be a studio assistant in 2013. Recently, she also was honored with an exhibition at the Eastbank Art Gallery in Sioux Falls.
This summer, she is working in a Sanford Health arts internship, assisting patients and their families through expressive therapy activities.