Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

These are two pieces of art completed by Chance Knutson a Civil Engineering Senior at SD Mines. The Alabaster (white) piece is titled “Eagle.” The pipestone (red) piece is titled “Raven.” Knutson is an Oglala Sioux Tribe Member from Long Valley, SD.

RAPID CITY, SD (Feb. 22, 2017) – The Apex Gallery exhibit “Communicate, Innovate, Fabricate,” showcases the artistic side of South Dakota School Mines & Technology students and explores the boundaries between art and science. The exhibition includes original creative expressions like 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, an associate professor of humanities at Mines and the 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,” she adds. This is the second 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 through March 17 in the Classroom Building on the SD Mines Campus. A reception is taking place on Friday, February 24th from 5-7 p.m. with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.



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 2,654 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: Charles MIchael Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu