Augustana’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery Featuring Art From Regional High School Students

"Emergence of Confidence" watercolor by Brandon Valley High School Senior Taia Rude.

Augustana University’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is displaying the art of more than 50 art students from 11 high schools across the region. The annual Augustana High School Invitational will be on view through January 27, with a wide range of mediums on exhibit, including ceramics, drawing, digital photography, mixed media and printmaking.

The annual Augustana High School Invitational has been a long-standing tradition at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, celebrating what is currently being produced by our region’s high school art students. Although this past year has been one of disruption, this exhibition celebrates the resilience of our region’s art teachers and students. These high school artists and their mentors found ways to continue to produce art through periods of virtual learning and quarantine. Art teachers from around the region were invited to select up to three works produced by their students in the past year. 

“When COVID-19 hit last March, art was such a therapy for my students,” said Lincoln High School Art Teacher Susan Waagmeester. “They felt like they had no control over what was happening around them, and art was their outlet both emotionally and sometimes physically too; it helped keep them grounded and gave them a sense of community.” 

Waagmeester further notes, “Being able to show their work and expose their feelings helps all of us deal with what life throws at us and helps us heal.”

The exhibition will be juried by members of the Augustana Art Department, which will be making awards of art supplies at the virtual gallery reception and awards ceremony on Friday, January 22, at 7:15 p.m. High school artists can also participate in a portfolio review to compete for Augustana pro artis scholarships, worth up to $8,000 over four years.

Online images of the exhibition can be found on the gallery’s website at

Participating Schools and Teachers:

Baltic High School: Debra Plagge

Brandon Valley High School: Amy Kasten & Chad Nelson

Canton High School: Andra Guzzo

Colman-Egan High School: Debra Plagge

Harrisburg High School: Tracy Bird

Lincoln High School: Susan Waagmeester and Sarah Winterscheidt

O’Gorman High School: Patrick Frankman and Alex Robey

Roosevelt High School: Al Costanzo, Lisa Dresch and Erin Nguyen

T.F. Riggs High School, Pierre: Jill Kokesh 

Washington High School: Jared Hulstine and Mollie Lage-Potter

Worthington High School: Gail Holinka and Heather Knigge 


  • Ella Ratliff, Menstruum, charcoal.

Tenth grade, Lincoln High School, teacher: Sarah Winterscheidt.

  • Ryanna Washegesic, "The Vivid Ending," digital drawing.

Twefth grade, Lincoln High School, teacher:Susan Waagmeester.

  • Juan Beltran Cabrera, "The Hope," acrylic on canvas.

Eleventh grade, Roosevelt High School, teacher: Lisa Dresch. 

About the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

As a part of Augustana University, the mission of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is to contribute to the educational and cultural vitality of the University, the surrounding community, and the state of South Dakota. The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery inspires the artists of today and tomorrow, and serves as a resource for teaching and promoting life-long learning through its permanent collection and temporary exhibition program with accompanying artist visits, gallery talks, and educational materials. 

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is named after pioneering Augustana University art professors Palmer Eide and Ogden Dalrymple. Many of their collaborative works are spread throughout the campus.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located at 30th Street and Grange Avenue, in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and major holidays. Guests must wear face masks, sanitize hands and abide by physical distancing requirements. 

Event Questions: Contact Lindsay Twa, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery director and professor of art.
Media Inquiries: Contact Jill Wilson, public relations and communications strategist.