Washington Pavilion

The mission of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science is to educate, entertain, inspire and to enrich the community by making arts and science part of our lives.

TWO greate events this weekend for the public! Free Friday tonight 5-8 p.m. with special guests from the US NAVY in the Kirby Science Discovery Center! http://bit.ly/MqAora, ALSO! it’s single ticket on-sale to Broadway’s Best coming to your Pavilion! Single Tickets to Rock of Ages, Billy Elliot the Musical, West Side Story and more for the General Public TOMORROW at 9:30 a.m.!

TWO greate events this weekend for the public! Free Friday tonight 5-8 p.m. with special guests from the US NAVY in the Kirby Science Discovery Center! http://bit.ly/MqAora, ALSO! it’s single ticket on-sale to Broadway’s Best coming to your Pavilion! Single Tickets to Rock of Ages, Billy Elliot the Musical, West Side Story and more for the General Public TOMORROW at 9:30 a.m.!

Navy Week this week with a special FREE FRIDAY at the Kirby Science Discovery Center with special guests & exhibits from the U.S. Navy! If you missed them out at the Air Show this weekend, this Friday July 27 is your last chance to see them in Sioux Falls! Learn more about the event here: http://bit.ly/MqAora

Pavilion Members are taking full advantage of their early on-sale today! This week members can purchase tickets to Broadways best a week ahead of the general public! Get your tickets early folks, they’re going fast!

Pavilion Members are taking full advantage of their early on-sale today! This week members can purchase tickets to Broadways best a week ahead of the general public! Get your tickets early folks, they’re going fast!



Don Snell: June 29 through September 23, 2012

Don Snell was born in Sioux Falls in 1922 and grew up in Kansas City after moving there early in his youth. A WWII veteran, Snell served his country in the United States Army Air Corps from 1940 – 1945. Snell received his BFA from The University of Texas, Austin, TX, and completed postgraduate studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. He went on to teach at Tulane University, as well as at Arlington State college in Arlington, Texas, and at the University of Houston, Texas. As he states in a painting from 2004, “It was never my intention to be an artist. But I read Lust for Life. The idea of drawing naked females was of great interest to me. Besides I had no marketable skills so I took the vow of poverty and became an artist.” This exhibition features several of Snell’s poetry paintings. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, sometimes challenging, these works are always exceedingly sincere expressions . 

Summer is almost here folks! Our Community Learning Center has you covered for all your Summer Camps and Classes! Learn more about neat offerings like Stars Wars Science, Pottery Studio, and Pint-Sized-Science here: http://bit.ly/ITDP3V Registration is open now and classes are selling out fast! Call our box office, buy online or see us in person to register today!

Mary Ann Strandell

February 24-May 18, 2012

Gallery A 

The Movable Salon + Other Frontiers: Mary Ann Strandell takes a closer look at the images and ideas that frame the artist’s upbringing in South Dakota. The exhibition is a continued exploration of her ongoing theme of east meets west. 

The is the second installation of The Movable Salon and Other Frontiers Exhibition, 

curated by Mary Maxon, and organized by David Merhib and Jodi Lundgren of 

The Washington Pavilion for the Arts, Sioux Falls, SD.

South Dakota native Mary Ann Strandell returns from New York to explore

the collision of historic spaces where East meets West River.

If an artist may be described as a force of nature, it would be an apt description of Strandell.  Like a whirlwind, the artist gathers inspiration from the myriad of influences in her life. In this exhibit you will find imagery from the highway, the back road, the internet and the airport, a testament to her life as perpetual traveler.  You will see tidbits gleaned from printed media of all sorts, from the encyclopedia to fashion, science and nature publications, and from high art to food. You will notice details from plein air sessions in a multitude of locations.  You may see chandeliers and china monkeys, period architecture or a flowered hat. You will also see multiple references to the artist’s family in South Dakota, their lives, their interests and their surroundings. The collected imagery collides, shifts, combines, scatters and is ultimately released in layers of pale blue and black onto canvas and into print, translated from the chaos into a unique visual language.  All melds into a rich presence that resounds with the pure and clear voice of the individual.

Strandell’s solo exhibition honors her grandparents, Esther and WIlliam Bielmaier and Alfred and Bonnie Strandell, four Dakotan pioneers from Wall. Strandell also looks into additional family histories of East River. And honors the Kurtzhal and Lacey families of early Sioux Falls.

In addition to over 40 oil paintings and drawings, the exhibition will include a 35 foot sumi brush wash drawing with lenticular print installation. Oil paintings and hand-painted china by Esther Bielmaier will be featured to compare Strandell’s early influences. 

There will also be a selection of Alfred Strandell’s “tidbits of news” from his Pennington County Courant column, “Al Says” (c. 1960-70).

The exhibit will open with a reception for the artist, 6pm-8pm, Friday February 24, 2012. Artist Talk: TBA. 

This exhibit is sponsored in part by SD Arts Council, The Steever House of Lennox, SD, and The  Johnson Pochop Law Firm, Gregory, SD.

Thanks to our friends! 2011/2012 Pavilion Performance Series show IN THE HEIGHTS! MARCH 4, 2012

Discover the Power of Earth’s Forces

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters



 The Washington Pavilion , January 28, 2012 through May 3, 2012

 The Washington

 Pavilion Kirby Science Discovery Center is proud to announce the temporary acquisition of a nationally renowned traveling exhibit; Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters. The exhibit will showJanuary 28,

 2012 through May 5, 2012 and be a part of the regularly priced Kirby Science Discovery Center and Wells FargoCineDome admission.



Exhibition Overview: The Earth sustains us, protects us, and makes life possible; but it also humbles us with its dramatic power. The Field Museum’s exhibition, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, explores natural disasters through stunning displays, state-of-the-art animations, poignant, large-scale images, and cultural artifacts that reveal the dynamic relationship we have with the Earth.

Nature Unleashed focuses on four types of disasters – earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. These phenomena are the spectacular results of the forces that drive our ever-changing planet. From Pompeii to Papua New Guinea to New Orleans to Greenburg, Kansas, Nature Unleashed examines the science behind the history and the headlines. The exhibition illustrates how much we know – and how much we are still learning – about nature’s terrifying power. 

Museum visitors are in for a memorable and powerful experience. They can witness what it’s like to stand inside a roaring tornado; trigger an underwater earthquake and simulate a tsunami; create a virtual volcano; touch and examine real rock and lava specimens that tell of past geologic events; discover how people adapt to living at risk; and be inspired by the resiliency of disaster survivors. The exhibition stresses that storms, volcanoes, and other forces of natures are completely natural phenomena. Whether they’re disasters or not depends on the choices we make. Nature Unleashed examines how we can prepare for, and in some cases minimize, the impact of nature’s fury. 

In recent years, scientists have studied the correlations between global warming and weather-related natural disasters. Nature Unleashed looks at how increasingly warm air and sea temperatures may have the potential to cause more severe storms. 

The exhibition, organized and developed by The Field Museum, opened on May 23, 2008 before traveling to several other venues coming to the Pavilion this January. Allstate is the corporate sponsor for the exhibition. “Allstate is proud to serve as the National Tour Sponsor of The Field Museum’s Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters exhibition” said Joan Walker, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations and Marketing. “Nature Unleashed will foster understanding of natural phenomena and our human responses to them so that we are all better protected today and prepared for tomorrow.”

Exhibition Walk Through  

-To view the some of the information presented in the exhibition, please use the toolbar to your right to see each force of nature and its effect on our environments. 



imageAdmission 

Admission to Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters is included in Kirby Science Discovery Center Admission. Science Center admission is priced at $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (62+) and students with ID, and $7.50 for children 3-12.



Hours 

Kirby Science Discovery Center and Visual Arts Center Hours are Tuesday–Thursday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM–8:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM–5:00 PM and both the Visual Arts Center and Kirby Science Discovery Center are CLOSED on Mondays. Box office hours are Monday–Thursday 9:30 AM–5:00 PM, Friday 9:30 AM–8:00 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM–5:00 PM, Sunday 11:30 AM–4:00 PM. Hours and availability subject to change. 



Group Admission 

Special rates are available for tour operators and groups of 15 or more. For Group rates and information please contact our group services coordinator at 605-367-6000; ext. 2319 or at groups@washingtonpavilion.org. All educators and groups please select the Visit icon to your right to learn more about special opportunities and promotions. 

National Tour Sponsor: Allstate

This exhibition and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

Congratulations to Mamma Mia! the Musical on their 10th anniversary! We’re excited to have them at the pavilion once more, but only for one night, February 1, 2012. Tickets on-sale for members Oct. 28 @ 5:30 PM and Oct. 29 @ 9:30 AM for general public. It’s the perfect holiday gift for your little Dancing Queen or ABBA fan this winter! 

Come enjoy Christmas a little early and see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical at the Pavilion November 3-6 before you settle in for the Midwest-Winter hibernation! Join us for one of these great performances to get you in the holiday spirit just right! http://bit.ly/lWaym8
Come enjoy Christmas a little early and see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical at the Pavilion November 3-6 before you settle in for the Midwest-Winter hibernation! Join us for one of these great performances to get you in the holiday spirit just right! http://bit.ly/lWaym8
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. Join us April 9, 10, & 11, 2012 for three amazing chances to catch this all time family favorite brought to life on-stage! 
Come enjoy Christmas a little early and see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical at the Pavilion November 3-6 before you settle in for the Midwest-Winter hibernation! Join us for one of these great performances to get you in the holiday spirit just right! http://bit.ly/lWaym8

Special thanks to all those who attended Michael Bolton last night! Rock Band Kansas is coming up this Friday and Jo Dee Messina is coming October 21! www.washingtonpavilion.org