Mark A. Stemwedel
Currently a Lecturer in the Studio Art Program at South Dakota State University, Mark Stemwedel holds an MFA from the University of South Dakota in Painting and a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in Visual Art. He regularly teaches courses in painting, drawing, color theory, art appreciation, and design foundations. Born, raised, and educated in South Dakota, his work is influenced by the contemplative nature of the vast spaces of the prairie.
Stemwedel’s studio practice focuses on representational and figurative painting, exploring people, place, and space as the expressive foundation of his work. While suggesting a seemingly familiar pictorial language, his paintings often incorporate an unfinished quality or some visual incongruity that urges the viewer to reconcile an incomplete story. Implying a narrative that may not be fully articulated within the image, Stemwedel’s paintings leave a space for the viewer to construct their own understanding.
Stemwedel has exhibited his work extensively within the region and continues to expand his reach to a broader audience. His paintings have been included in exhibits at the Washington Pavilion, IPSO Gallery, and Exposure Gallery in Sioux Falls, SD. His work has also been exhibited at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, SD as well as numerous national juried exhibitions. Stemwedel is also a past recipient of a South Dakota Arts Council Artist Development Grant.