50 Artists to Watch: Becky Grismer

Becky Grismer grew up in eastern South Dakota. She studied art at Northern State University, in Aberdeen, SD, where she earned her B.A. in Fine Art. She returned to South Dakota seven years ago, after living in St. Paul for several years. She currently lives in Spearfish, working as a sculptor.
Becky constructs her distinctive and fascinating sculptures using natural materials, especially tree bark, dried seeds, and stones. Her work explores themes relating to the human condition and our relationship to the world around us. It often examines the parallels between humans and nature, specifically trees. Her most recent work incorporates ceramic and mixed media elements with the natural materials.
She has also started to work a bit larger, creating figurative works that are between 5 and 6 feet tall. She is currently working toward developing an installation piece with works of a similar scale.
Becky’s work has been part of the South Dakota Governor’s Biennial art exhibition and the Hill City Arts Council’s Sculpture in the Hills. Her sculptures have been included and won awards in many regional, national and international juried exhibits and can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.
Becky is a member of Artists of the Black Hills and is represented at

Artemisia, Geneva and Chicago, IL
Jed Malitz V2 Gallery.  New Orleans, LA
Matthews Art Center Gallery, Spearfish, SD.
Perfect Hanging Gallery, Rapid City, SD
Rehfeld’s Art and Framing, Sioux Falls, SD
Warrior’s Work and Ben West Gallery.  Hill City, SD


Becky Grismer Art on Facebook


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 sdac@state.sd.us. We can’t include them all, but we’ll keep al 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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