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 teaches art and design at South Dakota State University and works as an artist at Fernson Brewing Company.
“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.