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The Local Artist


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.

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Visual Art Initiatives in the St. Roch Neighborhood: The SRCC Artist Residency and Staple Goods

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Historically, New Orleans has been a city that nourishes and generates creativity amongst artists who stop in, stay for a period, or call it home.  The artist residency at St. Roch Community Church, as well as the collective and gallery space entitled Staple Goods, both aim to further galvanize the St. Roch and St. Claude neighborhoods of New Orleans in keeping such tradition.  Aaron Collier coordinated the inception of both of these enterprises with the sole intention of providing artists with opportunities in a neighborhood that has been, and continues to be, a gift to him and his family.

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The Restoration of Heritage at the Arts Centre of Christchurch

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

The Arts Centre in Christchurch is a neo-gothic campus, once hosting the local university, converted into a space for local artists to practise and showcase. Severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, it is now going through an extensive restoration. Arts Centre CEO Andre Lovatt gives people an insight into the restoration of the Arts Centre, to explain what it is that they have been doing since the earthquakes, show the process visually and give an indication on the progress that is being made. Showing the love, care and attention that so many people are giving to their restoration work and how, when it is all done, the Arts Centre, and the Christchurch wider community, will be so much better for it.


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Re-framing Visual Media for the Excluded

@ VOL 12 ON MAR 15, 2016

Zoe Partington is a disabled artist who uses her practice to challenge stereotypical thinking in visual art. Her talk is on re-framing visual media so you don't exclude the excluded. How do we transfer iconic images and visual information into descriptive words so they have meaning for all?

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Artist Run Galleries Matter

@ VOL 9 ON SEP 21, 2017

Kindrie Grove and Renee Matheson of Matheson and Grove Fine Art in Penticton, BC muse on the process of artistic development and explain why artist-run galleries matter.

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Arts Matter

@ VOL 9 ON SEP 21, 2017

Why do arts matter in a small community? Well, Timothy Tweed, president of the local art council, discusses why arts DO matter in the City of Penticton. A small city know for its vibriant and large art community with local theatre groups, murals troughout the dowtown, and many art galleries.

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Imagine a Puerto Vallarta Artist Co-Op

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 23, 2017

Store owner and jewelry designer Kimberly McDaniel shares her vision of an artist cooperative in Puerto Vallarta, where a number of community-related activities are possible.

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Madison as an Up-and-Coming Music Scene

@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

In Buzz Kemper's work with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, choral groups, jazz ensembles, rock bands and solo artists in the Madison area for over 30 years, he has seen the rise of the music scene as well as the rise of the level of support for musicians (recording facilities, live sound companies and sound/light designers), as well as audience interest in the arts.

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Artists Were Made for People

@ VOL 37 ON DEC 13, 2018

Boy Blue (Ben Baugham) is a new wave visual communicator, and a street performer hell-bent on bringing the artist (not just art), back into social relevance. He has spent the past few years creating art in public and bringing visual excellence to the most bizarre locations. From construction sites to the office place, Blue has been hired all over the east coast to talk with and engage with people as he creates his works; thus, allowing people of any class, race or creed to feel a genuine connection with artists.

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Scottish Artist Union

@ VOL 35 ON OCT 25, 2018

The Scottish Artists Union is the ONLY representative voice for visual and applied artists in Scotland. Artists tend to work alone, individually we have little influence or political ‘clout’. Together we can make policy-makers appreciate the needs and importance of artists in the Scottish cultural, social and economic scene. On top of that you get free public liability and professional indemnity insurance, access to our free learning and professional development programme and a range of benefits.