Artists with a uniquely South Dakotan perspective exhibit their work on The Garage's walls, inspiring conversations and questions.


Current Exhibition: “A View From The Thoen Stone”

Featuring the work of five Black Hills State University educators and artists

ARTIST RECEPTION: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 5–7PM

We are pleased to announce our current exhibit, “A View From The Thoen Stone”. This exhibition offers art from multiple perspectives, mediums and techniques from five Black Hills State University artists and educators. Stop by to see the exhibition Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm.

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Steve Babbitt has been making photographs of the Western United States for the past 25 years. He works with digital, silver and non-silver photographic processes in black and white and color. Steve is drawn to subjects, primarily in the landscape, which are often abstract or in some way seem out of place or not readily identifiable.

Steve has been teaching photography at the college level for 20 years and is currently a professor of photography and mass communications at Black Hills State University. His photographs can be found in the collections of The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; The Getty Museum Library, Malibu, California; The Dahl Fine Art Center, Rapid City, South Dakota and the San Francisco Art Institute. Steve teaches photography at Black Hills State University.

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Desy Schoenewies received her M.F.A. in painting from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2010. Her Master’s thesis work consists of large scale figurative oil painting in a series titled, Interactions. In addition to oil painting, she has experience working with a number of mediums and themes, including encaustic, collage, drawing, and illustrative works. Her paintings are consistently exhibited in juried or invited exhibitions in local, national, and international shows.

Desy taught middle school and high school art in the St. Louis area for 9 years before moving to San Francisco in 2010. She taught art at the City College of San Francisco and was involved in a number of drawing and painting groups in California before moving to the Black Hills in 2012. Desy is in her sixth year of teaching art at Black Hills State University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rapid City Arts Council. 

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Michael Baum left the plains of the Dakotas in his early twenties for the mountain ranges of California, Wyoming, Montana, Washington and Alaska. His interactions with nature and the wilderness became the impetus for his graduate studies in fine art, which he completed at Washington State University with an emphasis in drawing and printmaking. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Black Hills State University.

Since 2008, he has been featured in numerous exhibitions both internationally and across the United States. In 2014, Michael was awarded a career development grant from the South Dakota Arts Council. His current drawings have been featured in Drawing Discourse: International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing at The Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville. His work has also included in Drawing Lines Across Mediums at Site: Brooklyn. His drawings have also been selected for the South Dakota Governor's 6th and 7th Biennial Art Exhibition in 2014 and 2016.

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Paul Peterson was born in Viborg, SD in June of 1967. Growing up on a farm in Southeastern SD has given Paul an intimate understanding of rural life and a unique perspective as an artist. Viewers of his work will not only perceive a sense of place but will also experience the complicated and sometimes contradictory feelings many rural residents experience over their lifetimes. The paintings are colorful, emotionally autobiographical and mirror the artist's feeling of connection to the land.

Paul lives in the Black Hills with his wife and daughter. He is adjunct faculty at Black Hills State University.  When he is not teaching or painting he can be found playing guitar(sometimes singing) at local restaurants, bars, churches, coffee shops, and festivals.

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Jerry Rawlings is a graduate graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, and received his MFA from Vermont College. He currently teaches photography at Black Hills State University in Spearfish SD.

Jerry has 25+ years of experience working the fields of advertising/commercial photography. He owned and operated 5th Floor Studios in Denver CO, a 10,000sq/ft. facility geared towards maintaining large catalog clients.

Currently Jerry has immersed himself into the realm of Documentary Photography. He exhibits nationally and internationally on a regular basis. Jerry has recently exhibited at Allegany Art Center, Allegany NY, Art at the Center, Overland Park KS, The Dahl Art Center, Rapid City SD, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco CA. Soho Photographic Gallery, NY, NY and is in the Governors Biennial Exhibition for the third time.


 Don Montileaux, 2014

Don Montileaux, 2014

 Altman Studeny, 2015

Altman Studeny, 2015

 Kristina Barker, 2015

Kristina Barker, 2015

 Jean Laughton, 2015

Jean Laughton, 2015

 Bad Art Press, 2016

Bad Art Press, 2016

 Alice Bailey, 2016

Alice Bailey, 2016

 Klaire Pearson, 2016

Klaire Pearson, 2016

 Keith Braveheart, 2016

Keith Braveheart, 2016

 Ray Tysdal, 2017

Ray Tysdal, 2017

 Seth Harwood, 2017

Seth Harwood, 2017

 Molly Fulton, 2018

Molly Fulton, 2018

 Lynn Thorpe, 2018

Lynn Thorpe, 2018

 Lucy Ganje, 2017

Lucy Ganje, 2017

 Wade Patton, 2018

Wade Patton, 2018

 Tom Thorson, 2018

Tom Thorson, 2018

 Deborah Mitchell, 2018

Deborah Mitchell, 2018

 Bill Groethe, 2018

Bill Groethe, 2018


Showcase Your Artwork at The Garage

The Garage welcomes artists from the Black Hills, and the state of South Dakota, to submit their work for consideration of an artist exhibition at our space. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Learn more and apply below.