Christian Parrish, a citizen of the Crow Nation who performs under the name Supaman, can be seen in an art piece on the corner of St. Joseph Street and Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City, South Dakota. Kelsey Dzintars’ work is part of the Rapid City Arts Council’s movement to beautify the downtown area. Photo by Richie Richards
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Native Sun News Today: Native imagery inspires artwork in downtown Rapid City

Arts Council uses art to beautify Rapid City

By Richie Richards
Native Sun News Today Correspondent

RAPID CITY – The artwork appearing on the electrical boxes in downtown Rapid City has transformed these ordinary, Army green-colored boxes with indecipherable street graffiti, into colorful and vibrant works of art which reflect the contemporary culture of the Black Hills area.

Included in these paintings, is imagery reflective of and sacred to local tribes.

Since the City accepted Art Alley as a canvas to display regional artists’ paintings in the aesthetically-historical town, Rapid City is becoming a haven for Great Plains art.

Beginning in 2016, the downtown Rapid City area has been seeing colorful works of art appearing on the traffic signal boxes on the corners of Main and St. Joseph Streets and Mount Rushmore Road. The latest round of art has been placed on these plain and ordinary boxes in June of 2017.

One of the contributing artists who answered the call-for-artists by the Rapid City Arts Council was Kelsey Dzintars, 30, of Bozeman, MT. Dzintars is a 2009 graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Graphic Design. She currently works as a freelance artist in graphic design, illustrations, and other forms of art and has been a river guide in summer 2017.

Dzintars’ mother led her to the call-for-artists for the Clean Slate Group project in Rapid City. "The same company, Clean Slate Group, had done the same thing in both Bozeman and Big Sky where I worked, so I've worked with them before on a couple of different boxes,” said Dzintars.

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