aside 50 Artists to Watch: Tasha Determan

Tasha Determan is an aspiring artist who began creating art professionally two years ago. She grabbed our attention by earning top prize in all three categories she entered at the 2016 South Dakota High School Activities Association’s State Visual Art Competition.

She will be attending the University of South Dakota this fall for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and a minor in chemistry. In the national 2016 Doodle 4 Google Competition, Tasha placed in the top 53 out of about 100,000 entries. At the 2016 State Visual Art Competition in Class B she placed first in sculpture, drawing, and watercolor painting. In the 2015 South Dakota Public Broadcasting fall photography contest, she placed first in the “Connections” category. At this time, she is working on two watercolor paintings and a large graphite drawing. Furthermore, some of her work is currently being shown at the South Dakota Art Gallery in Mitchell, South Dakota:

Tasha’s work is mature and inspired, and it will be exciting to watch her grow as an artist as she leaves high school behind.

50 Artists to Watch is a special project we’re embarking on in celebration of our 50th anniversary at the South Dakota Arts Council. This series of short artist features is intended to share the work of South Dakota artists on a wide platform. It is not intended as a list of top or best artists. It is not presented in any particular order. Featured artists are being selected from nominations sent to us. You can nominate an artist by emailing We can’t include them all, but we’ll keep all nominations on a list for future features and blogs.

We welcome your continued suggestions for 50 Artists to Watch and your (constructive) comments about the work of those being featured.

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