BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota Art Museum is displaying 24 photographs by Stephen Briggs until April 1, 2010 when the collection will be moved to the South Dakota State University student Union.
Briggs, a 1907 engineering graduate of South Dakota State College, founded the Briggs & Stratton Engine Co., whose namesake engine is known worldwide for its innovative design.
After retiring in 1948, Briggs moved to Naples, Fla. where he applied his passion for science toward photography. Technological advances in the field allowed him to pursue his hobby of documenting birds in their natural habitat, which he was able to do from nearly 2,000 feet away. His cinematic work has been seen on Walt Disney shows, and his photographs have been featured in several national exhibits.
Briggs received an honorary doctorate in engineering from SDSU in 1955. Before his death in 1976, he gifted the university with photography lab equipment and donated 46 of his photographs to the South Dakota Art Museum.
“Stephen Briggs was an extraordinarily innovative thinker, whether he was designing engines or practicing photography,” said Lynn Verschoor, SDAM director. “The same brilliance behind his advancements in engineering can also be seen in his photographs. We’re honored to share his work with the public.”
The South Dakota Art Museum is located at the junction of Harvey Dunn Street and Medary Avenue. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m to 4 p.m and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
For additional information, call 605.688.4313 or toll free 866.805.7590 or visit www.southdakotaartmuseum.com