Mines News

Release Date Thursday, February 15, 2018

SD Mines Students Explore Boundaries Between Art and Science at Apex Gallery Exhibit

A reception for the Apex Gallery’s new exhibit “Communicate, Innovate, Fabricate” is taking place on Friday, Feb. 23, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


RAPID CITY, SD (Feb. 15, 2018) – The Apex Gallery’s new exhibit “Communicate, Innovate, Fabricate” showcases the creative side of South Dakota School Mines & Technology students and explores the boundaries between art and science. The exhibition includes original creative expressions such as drawings, paintings, fabrications, sculpture and models by students from across campus.

“As I have been teaching art to engineers over the years, I realized that some of our students have a creative side that never occurred to them,” says Deborah Mitchell, Associate Professor in the Humanities Department at Mines and Director of the Apex Gallery. “While some are very aware and create drawings, sculptures and photographs, I am always looking for ways in which their disciplines are informed by the creative process.”

This is the third year for the student exhibition “Communicate, Innovate, Fabricate.” According to Mitchell, this exhibit shows that Mines students excel in creativity as well as engineering. “Art isn’t just about grand statements. Rather it can make ideas visible and can help communicate the importance of the work done at Mines,” Mitchell says. 

The exhibit is open to the public Feb. 21 – March 16, in the Classroom Building on the SD Mines campus (map here). 

A reception is taking place on Friday, Feb. 23, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and the media is invited to attend.



About SD Mines  

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 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Charles Michael Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu

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