Press Coverage and Awards


Ashley Ragsdale, the Director of the Brookings Arts Council, interviewed me November 25th, 2019, for the Community Conversation video-cast. Check out all the Community Conversations on the Brookings Arts Council page.


Information for the Press

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  • 2020 – Artwork behind Julie Gerberding on her home office wall during Congressional testimony, on CNN and ABC, Aspen Institute, World Economic Forum, etc.
  • 2020 – Artwork shown – Living in a COVID-19 world | Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (
  • New print series shown in South Dakota Magazine gift guide, Nov/Dec 2019
  • Solo show at JFAC Gallery announced in Aberdeen News, South Dakota Arts, November 2019
  • Sioux Falls art gallery celebrates exhibit by Brookings painter Rasche
    The Brookings Register, August 2nd, 2019
  • Art Food Home, featured artist on June 17th, 2019
  • South Dakota Magazine, Spring 2019
  • Cover of Limes and Compromise by Erika Saunders, published March 2019
  • South Dakota Magazine, included in South Dakota Art Museum advertisement, Winter 2018
  • South Dakota Magazine, article about my commissioned artwork for Sanford Hospital, Fall 2018
  • Oakwood Literary Magazine, published two paintings, Summer 2018
  • South Dakota Art Magazine, Fall 2017
  • Hood Magazine, Sioux Falls SD, November 2017
  • Minnesota Monthly, September 2017
  • The Brookings Register, cover story, April 18, 2016
  • South Dakota Magazine section opener! 2015
  • South Dakota Magazine winter issue, 2014
  • Interested in Impact, Spokesman Review newspaper, 2010
  • Behind the Paint, 2012


  • Oct 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition, part of the jury’s favorite 15% of the entries
  • Jun 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition, part of the jury’s favorite 15% of the entries
  • Feb 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition, part of the jury’s favorite 15% of the entries
  • 2018 South Dakota Governor’s 8th Biennial Art Exhibition, jury accepted
  • November 6, 2018 South Dakota Art Museum, invited to exhibit
  • 2018 Brookings Arts Council, 3rd place
  • 2016-2017 South Dakota and National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Career Development
  • 2013 Brookings Arts Council, 1st place
  • 2013 Oil Painters of America, jury accepted

Public Collections

“Social Hour I” donated 2020. Johnson Fine Art Center’s collection for public display, NSU, Aberdeen, SD

“Winter” “Spring” “Summer” and “Fall” acquired 2018. Sanford Memorial Garden, Sioux Falls, SD

“Space” and “Sheep Farm” acquired 2017. Edith Sanford Breast Center, Sioux Falls, SD

“My Wild Heart” acquired 2016. South Dakota state public collection, Pierre, SD

Selected Publications

“Work of Brookings Artist Featured in NSU Exhibit” The Brookings Register, page 7, December 9th, 2019

“Jessie Rasche’s Healing Art.” South Dakota Magazine, fall 2018

“Carrier” and “abstract” Oakwood Literary Magazine, published two paintings, 2018

“Painter, Teacher, Mentor” The Brookings Register, page 1, April 18, 2016

“Main Street Grain Elevator” painting used as art section opener, South Dakota Magazine, 2015

“Behind the Paint,” Pacific Northwest Inlander, article about a group exhibition, May 16, 2012

 “Interested in Impact,” Spokesman Review, article about my exhibition, 2010


Quotes About My Artwork

 “She likes to illustrate an image or emotion with patterns and gestures, many brush strokes that add up to a finished piece,” writes Jennifer Larue, Arts Reporter for the Spokesman Review. “When you step close to one of her paintings, you can see deliberate strokes of color, and when you step back, the colors blend and become whole, encompassing the viewer with a moment of beauty.”

 “There is a somewhat Romantic or nostalgic quality to [Rasche’s painting],” writes Greg Blair, PhD, BAC 2018 juror of awards & former Northern Galleries Director “but it is not overly idealized or accentuated to the point of artifice or disbelief. Instead the landscape is rendered as endearing in its straight forward candor and naturalness.” 

 “I love painting the affection animals have for each other”, said Jessie.  “Right outside town there are cows and horses and birds. Every time I see these animals, it makes me happy. I try to capture that joy in my art, so that my paintings will bring others happiness as well.”

“For me, your art tells a little story” says Manya, co-owner of Maje Gallery. “Each painting is like a little story poem that sets my mind dreaming about the details surrounding the piece. I also love how you celebrate farm life, with miles between homes and vast spaces being used for farming or ranching. It reminds us city dwellers (although I hail from farm life myself) that things are very different in the rural parts of our country, with their own beauty.”

 “Jessie Rasche is a talented emerging artist with vigorous raw energy.” wrote James Hill, owner of Second Space Gallery, Spokane WA






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