The Local Artist is the brainchild of Jeff Ballard and Mitch Torbert. They are both working artists born and raised in South Dakota. Mitch grew up in Gettysburg and Rapid City. He graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking. He currently studies at USD in the graduate printmaking program. Mitch works mainly with ballpoint pen and patterns to investigate topics like outer space and scientific understanding. In his free time, he ejoys outdoor activities with his fiancé, Erin, and her two boys.
Jeff grew up in and around Sioux Falls. He graduated from USF in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Last spring, he received his MFA in painting from USD and is currently teaching art at Sioux Falls Christian and USF. His paintings communicate the effort to gain understanding of life’s journey through the interaction of figures and parts diagrams. Jeff enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Courtney in his free time.
The Local Artist is designed by Hunter Murphy, who graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design and a Studio Arts Degree in Printmaking. He is currently a Designer at Fresh Produce.
"Presentation of the Day" on December 11, 2014.