Mayor TenHaken Unveils City Hall Art Exhibits

Mayor Paul TenHaken and the Sioux Falls Arts Council (SFAC) unveiled the first works of a rotating art exhibit series to be featured at City Hall in historic downtown Sioux Falls.

Art exhibits at City Hall will rotate every several months to showcase different regional artists’ work that features regional history, culture, and vision.

Three pieces unveiled for the inaugural exhibit include:

  • “Looking at North Dakota,” an oil on panel piece by the late Robert Aldern. The SFAC is grateful to Joey Aldern, Robert’s wife, for agreeing to loan this work to the SFAC so that it may be displayed at City Hall.
  • “The Band” is a canvas painting depicting the Festival of Bands in downtown Sioux Falls by Sioux Falls-based artist Rodger Ellingson.
  • “Daughters of Peace” is a bronze sculpture by Aberdeen, SD, sculptor Benjamin Victor. The sculpture showcases two young girls sharing their dolls in a gesture of future peace as their mothers walk towards each other representing the need for effort from each generation for peace between all cultures. “Daughters of Peace” is the 2012 Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk People’s Choice Award winner.

“Many people know how much I value the arts, which is why I am so excited to feature local artists here in City Hall,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “My hope is to not only add beauty to this building, but to also showcase the numerous talented artisans who contribute so much to our community. It’s an honor for City Hall to be used to feature the arts in this way.”

“The Sioux Falls Arts Council is thrilled to play a part in partnering with the Mayor’s Office to showcase local artists. Public art creates a sense of civic vitality and identity, and our organization works to foster that role,” said Alex Hagen, President of the Sioux Falls Arts Council. “Our job is made much easier because we have so many talented artists in our community and because our leaders recognize, promote, and value their contributions.”

Artists interested in showing their pieces at City Hall should contact the Sioux Falls Arts Council.


Looking at North Dakota

The Band

Daughters of Peace


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