“The Local Artist” exists to support South Dakotan culture by exposing local visual artists to the public in two free print publications annually, and fostering development of emerging artists.
A reinforced local culture through communities that understand, engage, and support developed local artists.
Jeff Ballard was raised in Sioux Falls, SD. He received his MFA in painting from University of South Dakota in '14. He teaches art at Dakota State University and the University of Sioux Falls where he serves as Gallery Director.
Mitch Torbert was raised in Gettysburg and Rapid City, South Dakota and received his MFA from the University of South Dakota in '15. Mitch works as a graphic designer at Fernson Brewing Company.