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Sioux Falls, SD (2.11.08)

– Beginning February 29 and continuing through May 18, 2008 the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion and the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana College are honored to hold a joint exhibition in tribute to the art and career of Robert Aldern, one of South Dakota’s most talented and influential artists and educators.

A South Dakota Original – Robert Aldern: Landscapes and Figure Studies,

opens in the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. , opens on March 6 and will be on display through April 20, 2008, in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana College. A joint reception will be held on Friday, March 7 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. at the Visual Arts Center and from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.A South Dakota Original – Robert Aldern: Celebrating a Life in Liturgical Art

Robert Aldern is widely known for his liturgical art. Many churches in the Sioux Falls area feature his magnificent installations. The part of the exhibition held at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana College focuses upon this important aspect of his career. The part of the exhibition held at the Visual Arts Center focuses upon Aldern’s landscapes and his secular figurative works.

The essence of the South Dakota prairie is captured within the landscape paintings of Robert Aldern. They reflect his visionary quest to see beyond the superficial world and to seek out Nature’s quietly hidden truths. Aldern’s art documents his pilgrim’s journey. His landscapes are just as surely religious icons as the portraits of religious figures in his church installations. Aldern’s landscapes are contemplative meditations and observations of the divine as reflected through the material world. Aldern does not attempt to duplicate superficial appearances. His paintings are abstractions that transcend the mundane world. They capture the prairie’s moods, tonalities and spiritual underpinnings. His line drawings are freely rendered, elegant in line and lyrical in form.

Robert Aldern’s creative vision has remained remarkably consistent over the past six decades. If anyone artist has captured the true spirit of South Dakota through his art, then that artist must surely be Robert Aldern. "Artists throughout the region and state of South Dakota recognize the magnitude of what Robert Aldern means to the world of visual art. His work, both past and present, alludes to larger issues like identity and sense of place. We are delighted to be a part of this joint exhibition of Aldern’s work. " says David Merhib, Director of the Visual Arts Center.

"Aldern is a master of the Modernist aesthetic," observes Howard DaLee Spencer, Curator of the Visual Arts Center. "His art has a timeless quality."


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