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Conference Division

ABANA 2012 Conference Galleries



Conference Gallery

The Gallery  in the Fine Arts Building at the Central States Fairgrounds will be open to the public to showcase the work of our members.

If you're attending the conference (or even if you aren't) please consider submitting an example or two of your work to the gallery.

We're not only looking for items to display but also donated items for the conference auction.

Click here to download the Gallery Application Package: Gallery Application and Agreement

There will also be a “walk-in” area along with tables will be available there for business card exchange and for participants to display their portfolios.


Apex Gallery

Apex Gallery
Located at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will have a gallery reception on Tuesday July 17, 2012.

Ellen Durkan from Delaware will be the featured artist: EllenDurkan.com


Some examples of Ellens's Work
Collar and Breast Piece Boterro Gate Boterro Gate Back