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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.


Did You Know?

Ben Reifel speaking at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater - 1971

The Ben Reifel Visitor Center was named after Ben Reifel, the first congressman from the Sioux Nation, who served 5 terms. Afterwards, he served as consultant and Special Assistant for Indian Programs to the Director of the National Park Service. Badlands was his favorite national park.