• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Badlands Art Celebrated at The Dahl

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Date: July 18, 2011
Contact: Jennie Albrinck, 605-433-5240
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. - The staff at Badlands National Park, and the students and teachers from the Interior School invite you to celebrate art at a special exhibition at The Dahl in Rapid City. Beginning Tuesday, July 26 and running through August 21, 2011 paintings and photographs representing the Badlands National Park Artist-in-Residence program will be displayed in the Education Wing of the museum.

Through a partnership with the Interior School, Badlands Artists-in-Residence routinely work with K-8 grade school children to create creative, engaging works of art. Artists Polly Townsend, a painter, and Jason Jilg, a photographer, spent time with the children to create the pieces that will be displayed in this exhibition.

Landscapes and diverse resources in places like the Badlands of South Dakota have long inspired artists. Their idyllic paintings, rough and tumble novels and soaring musical scores prompted politicians to establish the national parks as an enduring heritage. The nation and the National Park system are changing, and a new generation of artists has emerged with contemporary techniques and bold new mediums. It is the task of these new artists, as an integral part of the park program, to help frame our national heritage in enduring words and images for those who visit now, those who will come later, and those who will know the parks only through this artistic legacy.

By engaging children at this young age, they come to appreciate art in its varied forms, as well as to recognize their own sources of inspiration.

Slides with works from previous artists-in-residence, as well as a seven minute video on the program will be debuted as well. To view these online as well, please go to www.nps.gov/badl.

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Did You Know?

Early motorist meanders through the Upper Tunnel

Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.