BROOKINGS – The South Dakota Art Museum Guild will host its first program and reunion of the season on September 28, featuring Donna Merkt, recently appointed director of the South Dakota Art Museum. The title of his program is âOff and Running! “
Merkt believes that art and museums should connect diverse people, promote inclusiveness and enrich life. In June 2021, Merkt was appointed director of the South Dakota Art Museum. Previously at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Merkt served as Director of Museum Experience (2019-2021), overseeing the education, exhibits and collections teams as they pivoted to deliver robust virtual content and programming during the pandemic. .
Prior to that, she was Curator of Education for the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (2008-2019), where she exponentially increased the participation of K-12 students and spearheaded the introduction of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) in Oklahoma. Merkt is a member of the first class of internationally certified VTS animators. She is also an individual member of the Board of Directors of the Mountain Plains Museums Association and is President of MPMA EdCom and Mountain Plains representative for AAM EdCom. Merkt received his BA in Fine Arts from Cameron University (Lawton, OK) and his MA in Art History from the University of Oklahoma.
After a year of Zoom programming, the guild will meet again in the galleries of the museum. Those who cannot attend in person can view the program again through Zoom. However, prior registration is required. The link to register is available at www.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-art-museum/guild. With this blended approach, participants will meet in the museum from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for in-person social time. The program will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a short guild meeting.
There is dedicated parking for those driving in front of Scobey Hall and behind Scobey Hall during the meeting. If there is a need for transportation to and from the meeting, contact Pam Adler at 605-688-5423.
The 2021/2022 Guild Programs will offer lively conversation and interesting speakers from all over the United States with ties to South Dakota and the South Dakota Art Museum. The guild supports the South Dakota Art Museum through programs like this, volunteer and art acquisition funds. Guild membership is not required to attend these free programs, but the annual membership fee of $ 20 supports these programs and the guild’s art acquisition fund.
Contact Carolyne Hart at 605-688-4313 for any questions regarding this program, registration and use of Zoom.
Although university policy does not allow the museum to require masks, the guild board encourages everyone to wear a mask during the meeting.