Gina Gibson stands in a drift

Gina Gibson

Sanford Lab Artist-in-Residence

Gina Gibson is a professor of digital communication at Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish, South Dakota. In summer 2019, Gibson, a multimedia artist, became the first-ever Sanford Underground Research Facility Artist-in-Residence. As such, she combines sculpture, drawing, printmaking, digital design and other media to create unique bodies of work.

Through numerous visits to SURF’s surface and underground laboratory facilities, Gibson collected items of interest, photographs, audio and notes, using them to create unique art pieces.

“The lights, sounds, textures of this space—all of it together grabs my attention,” said Gibson. “It's so different from what is above ground. When you juxtapose the clean spaces with the rawer aspects—the rock and metal ground support—there’s so much visual texture."

During the virtual artists’ reception, Gibson will discuss several pieces and how they relate to the research taking place at SURF. She’ll also give some insight into the processes she used.