Viking Days 2014: Performing and Visual Arts Events

Viking Varieties show, 2013

Viking Days weekend offers various opportunities for performing and visual art enthusiasts:

Viking Varieties

Variety shows at Augustana date back to the early 1940s, when faculty, alumni and students participated in the productions, which were organized and led by faculty members. Viking Varieties officially debuted in October 1953 in the Old Gym as the homecoming talent showcase.

The 2014 Viking Varieties will feature talented students who produce and perform the show for alumni at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Kresge Recital Hall. It will be a completely student-directed and student-produced talent show. Tickets for this year's show are available at www.augietickets.com now.

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Augustana Theatre presents 'Proof'

A 2000 play by the American playwright David Auburn, "Proof," tells the story of Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his 50s and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with demonstrating the proof's authenticity, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.

Gallery Exhibit: 'Transitory Memory: Paintings by Donald Johnson (’09)'

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery will present a gallery reception for "Transitory Memory: Paintings by Donald Johnson (’09)" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

About the Artist

When Don Johnson enrolled at Augustana, he majored in business during the first two years while taking art classes for enjoyment and stress relief. With a push from art professors and a new confidence, Johnson decided to pick up art as a second major, but with no intentions of pursuing art as a career.

During his junior and senior years at Augustana, Johnson’s art continually matured as his fundamentals improved. Painting, drawing, and screen-printing served as Johnson’s preferred mediums. His hard work and growth as an artist earned him praise from faculty in his senior year. Augustana professor Scott Parsons influenced Johnson’s decision to pursue graduate school in the final weeks of his undergraduate career. Three of Johnson’s screen prints have been submitted into Augustana’s permanent collection. He now has artwork sitting in the same room as art greats such as Picasso, Goya and Warhol.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Fine Art, Johnson did not take the road most traveled. He pursued his artistic passion while working at a bank to pay rent. Johnson began printing posters for local music events and collaborated with other Augustana College graduates to form what is now Harlequin Print Studio.

Being accepted into the MFA program at the University of Idaho has undoubtedly been a life changing event in Johnson’s life. He has begun to define both a concept and style for his artwork with a specific process of painting and screen-printing. His balanced compositions and focus on the elements of design shines through in his artwork.

Gallery Exhibit: 'South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit and Sale: Observing the State's 125th Anniversary,' Center for Western Studies

The Simmons/Madsen/Nelson/Elmen galleries of the Center for Western Studies are currently displaying a juried art exhibit and sale of original works of art by current and past residents of South Dakota in observance of the state's 125th anniversary of statehood. The exhibit and sale, which runs through September 27, is entitled “South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit and Sale: Observing the State's 125th Anniversary.”