VERMILLION — The Vermillion Area Arts Council will host the first Members’ Exhibit Dec. 3-31. This exhibit takes place at the First Dakota National Bank Coyote Gallery, 12 E Main Street, and represents a collaboration between the Vermillion Area Arts Council, and the Vermillion Cultural Association.

The exhibit, which will be open to any wall-hung artworks, fiber art, sculpture, ceramic, glass, or book arts, is an effort to reenergize their membership, promote their mission, and build new partnerships across the community.  

Almost any creator of visual artworks is encouraged to participate, regardless of medium, exhibition history or length of time as a member. In this exhibit the VAAC hopes to represent artists from across Clay County, united in their support for one another in a dynamic show that embodies the passions and efforts associated with the act of creation.

While there is no cost to participate in the exhibit, each artist member is limited to two submissions. Individuals interested in gaining or renewing their membership in the Vermillion Area Arts Council can visit the organization’s website at and click on “Become a Member.”

To participate, artists need only show up with their submissions and fill out a simple entry form that will be available during the drop-off sessions. Those sessions are Sunday, Dec. 1, fron 2-4 p.m. or Monday, Dec. 2, from 5-6 p.m. at the First Dakota National Coyote Gallery, 12 E Main Street. This inaugural exhibit will be juried by Klaire Lockheart, current VAAC board member and alumna of the University of South Dakota, known for her large-scale oil paintings.

The community is encouraged to visit the exhibition any time during the gallery’s open hours in December. Attend ance is especially encouraged during the Dec. 5 reception, from 4-7 p.m., during which all visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite works. “People’s Choice” first and second-place awards — $100 and $50, respectively — will be given to the top two vote-getters at the end of the evening.

Email with any questions regarding the exhibition.

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