Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Apex Gallery exhibit explores impact of mining on landscape

RAPID CITY, SD (Jan. 3, 2018) – The Apex Gallery on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will present “The Mining Aesthetic” Jan. 8 to Feb. 16, an exhibit exploring the impact mining has on the landscape as well as the people and animals around it.

Featuring photographs, drawings and artifacts by Montana artist Glenn Bodish, “The Mining Aesthetic” will showcase images of the Berkeley Pit, Continental Pit and Yankee Doodle Tailings Pond, all located in Butte, Mont.

Bodish said he hopes the exhibit raises awareness of the affect that mining has on the landscape, something he saw firsthand while living in Butte for 20 years. “The exhibit brings a message that we should be aware of the incessant desire we have for heavy metals … and how it affects the landscape, people and animals.” 

Bodish, originally from Pennsylvania, has spent 35 years working in the fields of fine art, commercial design, museum management and higher education. He currently lives in Montana and Illinois, and he teaches at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Ill. 

The exhibit is open to the public in the Classroom Building on the Mines Campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year. The gallery is closed during the summer, and on holidays and long weekends. 

Other exhibits planned for the spring include “Communicate/Innovate/Fabricate,” Feb. 21-March 16, an exhibition during Engineers Week by SD Mines students and “Altman Studeny: Without Land,” March 19-April 27, an installation in collaboration with Mines students. 

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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, (605) 394-2554, Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu