Aberdeen Downtown Art Project Winners Announced

By June 25, 2024 No Comments

The Aberdeen Area Community Foundation (AACF) recently announced the prize winners of the Downtown Art Project, in which ten artworks were installed on Main Street business windows. The following were awarded:

  • First Place: Katie Haar for “Harvest Time,” which can be seen at Northeastern Mental Health Center, 14 South Main Street
  • Second Place: Sarah Anastasia Davidson for “Super Cloud,” at Capitol Theatre, 412 South Main Street
  • Third Place: Dawn Menning, “Fall Magic in the Hollow,” at Anytime Fitness, 321 South Main Street
  • People’s Choice Award: Allie Kunkel, “Bird’s Eye View,” at Northeastern Mental Health Center, 14 South Main Street

The Downtown Art Project is a partnership of the AACF, the Aberdeen Area Arts Council and the Knight Aberdeen Fund of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The artworks were submitted in response to a Call for Art with a theme of “South Dakota Landscapes.” A judging panel selected the artworks to be displayed. It is the fourth year in a row for the Downtown Art Project. The art will remain on display into the fall.

The ten artists’ whose work will be featured are:

Heath Johnson AACF, Sarah Anastasia Davidson, Megan Biegler AACF

Heath Johnson AACF, Dawn Menning, Megan Biegler AACF

About the Aberdeen Area Community Foundation

The Aberdeen Area Community Foundation was established in 1984 as a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a goal of creating a long-term funding source for charitable causes in the local area. With careful investment, the fund will continue to grow and enhance quality of life in the local area forever. This fund is one of more than 80 Community Savings Accounts in partnership with the South Dakota Community Foundation. For more information, visit https://aberdeencommunityfoundation.com

About the Aberdeen Area Arts Council

The Aberdeen Area Arts Council enriches community life through the arts by connecting, sponsoring, and encouraging art opportunities through education and experiences.

About the Knight Foundation Aberdeen Fund

In 2004, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation created the Knight Aberdeen Fund with the South Dakota Community Foundation to support Aberdeen. Funded with $2 million, it has made more than 80 grants totaling over $1.3 million to more than 50 area organizations.

About the South Dakota Community Foundation

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $31 million in grants in 2023 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.