Professor Rich Lofthus Opens Charitable Exhibit at Bede Art Gallery

February 4, 2020

The Bede Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, “Lancers Through My Lens,” has now opened on the Mount Marty Campus. The gallery features Lancer sports photography by Rich Lofthus, a professor of history at MMC.

The installation will be open until March 25, with a gallery talk and reception on February 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The “Lancers Through My Lens” exhibit is linked to a Special Olympics Recognition Day that will take place at a Lancer Women’s Basketball game against the College of Saint Mary at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 8. Thanks to private donations and corporate support from Harold’s Photo Center of Sioux Falls, those who purchase photos in the exhibit will be making a contribution to Special Olympics. Each photo in the exhibit is priced at $50.00.Lancer's Through My Lens

Often known to photograph and exhibit pieces from his travels across Europe and the United States, Lofthus claims that the school year is when his “cameras really get put to use.” He has been photographing Lancer athletics for decades and is a common fixture at Mount Marty sporting events.

“One of my goals is to promote our athletic teams via social media, and nearly 1,500 people follow the Mount Marty College Athletics Facebook page on which I post my game photos,” said Lofthus. “Another goal is to foster a sense of community between the athletes, their friends, and families. I also hope that by making a personal connection to students with my photography, students will have more respect for what I am trying to teach them in the classroom.”

All exhibits at the Bede Art Gallery are free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 1105 W. Eighth St. in Yankton, on MMC’s campus, just off of the Marian Auditorium lobby.

For more information about “Lancers Through My Lens” or to purchase a photograph, contact Rich Lofthus at (605) 661-4022 or More of his photography may be viewed at