October Artists & Authors

John Banasiak, award-winning photographer and Professor of Art at the University of South Dakota, will visit the Vermillion Public Library to discuss his work on Tuesday, October 11th at 7 pm.


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. After teaching Art Foundation and Color Photography classes as a graduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago, he was offered a Visiting Artist position at “Light Work” on the campus of Syracuse University, which lead to a job as a one year replacement on the Art Department faculty of New York State University in Oswego. The following year he traveled to New Zealand and presented 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 36 years. In 1992 he received the Burlington Northern Award for Teaching, and in 2004 received the Belbas-Larson Award. He also received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2008. He is represented by the Joseph Bellows Gallery of La Jolla, California, and has been part of the AIPAD Photo Show held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City for the past five years. He was also recently included in this year’s Creative Quarterly “Best 100 – 2015” annual, published by Artisanal Media of NYC, with photographs from a current photographic series titled “Scenes from the Dreams of a Fortune Teller”. This past autumn he had a solo exhibition in the Main Gallery of the University of South Dakota, featuring 60 Kalitype prints titled “Views from the Halls of Purgatory. His photographic work is included in the collections of The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The International Center of Photography in NYC, The Nelson-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.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

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