John Banasiak grew up on the south side of Chicago, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon graduation he received the Fred J. Forester Traveling Fellowship to help with a documentary project in Poland in 1973. He traveled to New Zealand and presented alternative processes photographic workshops at Auckland University and Canterbury College. Upon his return to the US he was offered a full time teaching position at the University of South Dakota where he has taught Photography for the past 33 years. He most recently was part of the ”Association of International Photographic Art Dealers” exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC, represented by the Joseph Bellows Gallery of La Jolla, CA. He also has recently been included in this year’s Creative Quarterly “Best 100 – 2013” annual, published by Artisanal Media of NYC, with photographs from a current photographic series titled “Views from the Halls of Purgatory”. His work is included in the collections of The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The International Center of Photography in NYC, The Atkins Museum/ Hallmark Photographic Collection in Kansas City, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain, The Diosgyori Vizualis Museum in Miskolc, Hungary , and the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Georgia.
Bonny was born in the Black Hills to a family of artists (of all sorts). She grew up looking up to some of the area's greats and has been going to art shows and gallery openings with the region's art community for more than 30 years.
Fleming work's in multiple media but enjoys none more than the camera. She first picked up her mother’s SLR camera on a family trip to Yellowstone 20 years ago and hasn't put it down since. Although she frequently does commercial shoots, she is most comfortable outside, on back roads, getting lost and looking for the perfect light and magic.
Katie Hunhoff is the editor and co-publisher of South Dakota Magazine, a print publication celebrating the state’s culture, people and places. Hunhoff was a co-founder of RiverWalk, a non-profit sculpture walk in Yankton, and is a board member of the South Dakota Humanities Council and Arts South Dakota. Her newspaper column, Exploring South Dakota, is printed in over 60 weekly newspapers. She and her son, Steven, 8, live in a historic home in Yankton.
“Dull, flat and boring.” For years, South Dakota native Paul Schiller has diligently worked to dispel this uninformed description of his home state. He’s done it by taking a fresh look at a place considered a flyover state by far too many. Whether he’s pulling back to consider the wide expanse of the land, or getting up close and personal with the state’s flora, Schiller has helped to redefine the image of South Dakota and allowed viewers to share his unique perspective of this incredible place.
Schiller grew up in Yankton and is a 1969 graduate of the University of South Dakota. Schiller is best known as a founding co- partner of Lawrence & Schiller, the Sioux Falls marketing firm he launched in 1976. He followed this successful venture with “Acts of Nature”, a company he and his wife Koni created to market their fine art nature images. Schiller’s distinctive work appears in dozens of galleries, homes and corporate collections coast to coast including a permanent collection of his work at the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.