DSU marks gallery opening with naming ceremony
The art gallery on the campus of Dakota State University will be officially named the First Bank & Trust Gallery in a ceremony on Monday, March 14. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons. The ceremony begins at 4:30pm and is open to the public.
The gallery is being named in recognition of a donation made by First Bank & Trust to Dakota State's capital campaign. "The support we have received from First Bank for our fundraising efforts is greatly appreciated," says Judy Payne, DSU's Vice President for University Advancement. "We talked to [First Bank & Trust Community Bank President-Madison branch] Jon Knuths about an appropriate way to acknowledge their campaign gift, and agreed that renaming the art gallery would highlight the banks' longtime support of the art community both at the campus and in the Madison area."
Official from both DSU and First Bank & Trust will participate in the naming ceremony. Following the program, guests can view the art on display in "Natural Selection 2.0", an exhibition whose theme revolves around nature.
The exhibit, at the gallery from February 1 through April 1, brought together artists from across the United States. It also includes work from artist Platon Alexis Hadjimichalis, of Brussels, Belgium, who is well-known as a pioneer in the use of organic materials in his work.
The gallery is the second campus entity named to recognize a gift to DSU's ongoing capital campaign. In May 2010, the auditorium in the Tunheim Classroom Building was named in honor of Glen and Caren Straatmeyer.
More information on the exhibit, including profiles of the artists whose work will be on display, can be found at the Madison Area Arts Council website http://madisonareaartscouncil.org/2011/01/31/natural-selection-opens.