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Learning Forum: The Art of War

November 10, 2019  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learning Forums
 are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

This week, James Pollock (top/left) and Steve Randall (bottom/right) present, "The Art of War."

From 1966-1970, the U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Artist Program sent teams of soldier-artists with sketchbooks and paintbrushes into the war-torn fields of Vietnam. James Pollock and Stephen Randall were two of those 46 soldier-artists. Using a visual presentation, they will relate their personal experiences and give a historical overview of the army’s soldier art program.

After the presentation, Pollock and Randall will entertain questions about their war art and the plein air art they do today. Their plein air art - created outdoors - is displayed in our current exhibition, “From Field to Field.”

James Pollock graduated from South Dakota State University and was drafted into the army. Through an army-wide competition in 1967, he was selected for the U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Artist Team IV. He is a founding member of Artists of the Black Hills. In 1980, he was named Artist of the Year by the South Dakota Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was honored with the prestigious Harvey Dunn Award. His art has appeared in many publications, books and projects. He lives in Pierre with his wife Betsy and loves to take his watercolors outdoors to paint on location.

Concert Strings © 2005
James Pollock

Stephen Randall served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1969 with both the 15th MP Brigade and as part of the Combat Artist Team VII. Randall is a charter member of the South Dakota Artists Alliance and a board member of the Harvey Dunn Historical Society in De Smet, South Dakota. After discovering his love of painting outdoors, he organized the first-ever plein art painting event, now an annual affair at several South Dakota locations.

The art completed by both Randall and Pollock as official soldier-artists in Vietnam is in the permanent U.S. Army Art Collection in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

Ingalls Family Shanty © 2018
Stephen Randall

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

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Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.

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