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Synopsis: The Residency for Recovery Program sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council helps fund Artists to create public art for their communities. The Black Hills Film Festival was awarded the grant for a project it conceived to create a free standing 6ft. tall stained glass piece symbolizing the history and essence of the community of Hill City. The process would be documented on video and shared through the Festival channels.

Artist Mackenzie Swanson, a long-time resident of Hill City, SD and a graduate from Chadron State College with honors and a BA in Studio Art was selected to create the work. The stained glass project started in September 2020 and is nearly complete. The large stained glass work-in-progress is on display in the Warrior’s Work and Ben West Gallery on Main Street in Hill City.

In addition to the art, two stained glass workshops were offered last December. The first was for elementary aged students. They made faux stained glass sun catchers using wax paper and markers. The second was for adult community members who made small glass sun catchers using the copper foil method and also learned about the traditional leaded method as well.

Once the stained glass piece is completed, it will be displayed at various public spaces around Hill City. The entire process is recorded on video for a documentary to be created by Randal Iverson of Rapid City, SD.

This video shows some clips of the progress so far. Watch for the full documentary coming later this spring.



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18 minutes

Director's Bio

Owner, Iverson Productions, Cinematographer and photographer
Randal is a freelance cinematographer and photographer working through his company Iverson Productions. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications (Photography) from Black Hills State University and years of experience with commercial production in both still and motion. He is used to wearing many different hats, producing, directing, operating, lighting, sound, editing and stills. Some of the companies he has worked for include Lawrence and Schiller, National Geographic Television, PBS News Hour and Crow Ridge Productions. Randal does commercials for Black Hills Film Festival and helps with the technical aspects of the Festival.

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