The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly houses numerous art exhibits to teach visitors of the history in our community and showcase their unique artistic vision and skills. Take a look at our current art exhibits on display, as well as the archive of past exhibits housed in The Journey Museum & Learning Center.

Archive of Past Exhibits

Passage of Wind and Water - A Community's Journey

August 26 - October 8, 2017

This unique visual experience celebrates the completion of Masayuki “Yuki” Nagase’s five year project detailing the transformative history of our area. Yuki’s creations make up the heart of a revitalized downtown neighborhood known as Main Street Square. In the words of Nagase, "“together, this granite composition brings to light the life and promise of this community’s past, present and future.”

Sculptor Masayuki Nagase views public art as an opportunity to develop long-term meaningful dialogue and connections among space, community and art. Nagase’s work is inspired by the essence of nature and natural forms. His preliminary design for The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water was based on his experience of the beauty and power of nature in the Black Hills and Badlands of western South Dakota. Nagase first visited the area 30 years ago and said the memory of its beauty drew him to apply to be The Sculpture Project artist.

Black Hills State University photographer Steve Babbitt was tasked with the mission to capture Yuki's project through the lens of a camera. In doing so, the Journey Museum and Learning Center is proud to display over 25 one-of-a-kind photographs as part of the exhibit.

The exhibit supports TAP - Teaching Artists Program and the Journey Museum and Learning Center Education Department. The collection of photos are available for purchase, all proceeds benefit TAP and the Journey Museum & Learning Center Education Department.

Tapun Sa Win

April 8 - July 30, 2017

Long ago, a Lakota woman married a mysterious man who turned out to be a star. She went with him to his sky home and soon was pregnant, but her loneliness for her relatives was almost unbearable. Seeing a plant that reminded her of an edible root, she dug it up, which opened a hole in the sky through which she could see her relatives on the earth below. Determined to visit them, she braided a long rope and climbed down it toward earth. But the rope was too short, and she fell to the earth and died. Her husband, in sorrow, sat down and hasn't moved since. He is the North Star. Miraculously, their son was born alive. He was raised by an elderly woman who named him Wicahpi Hinhpaya. He did many good deeds for Lakotas before returning to his father's home.

The narrative is divided into seven passages, each of which is creatively interpreted by four types of artworks - a 3D artwork, a song, a painting, and a poem - thereby creating seven "vignettes". These vignettes recount the Tapun Sa Win narrative using 28 new artworks by distinguished and emerging contemporary Lakota artists.

This exhibit is a partnership of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS), The Journey Museum & Learning Center, and the Rapid City Area Schools' Office of Indian Education.

Renelle White Buffalo

May 26 - July 28, 2017

Renelle White Buffalo, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was born and raised in South Dakota.  She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Iowa State University.  Currently she resides in New York City, where she works full-time as a professional artist. 

She creates a broad range of works, including paintings on canvas, monotypes, and mixed media sculptures.  Her color palette is often drawn from the environment around her.  Currently, she is experimenting with colors inspired by her recent residency at the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming.  Both the natural and cultural history of the South Dakota prairies provide her with additional inspiration for her work.  In her paintings, Renelle transforms traditional Lakota symbolism into contemporary abstract artwork, allowing the composition to create a cross-cultural conversation. The bold and confidently-layered brushstrokes of acrylic paint incorporate personal meaning and connections to her Native American roots.  Her work challenges the stereotypes and redefines the perceptions of being indigenous today, both on and off the reservation. 

Renelle’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Exposure Gallery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota.  This exhibition marks the first time her works have been shown in a museum setting. 

Prices for the artwork can be obtained by contacting The Journey Trading Company at (605) 394-2201.  To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Renelle White Buffalo through her website.

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