Kokomo Inn Art Gallery | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
  • Kokomo Inn Art Gallery
  • Kokomo Inn Art Gallery
  • Kokomo Inn Art Gallery
  • Kokomo Inn Art Gallery
  • Kokomo Inn Art Gallery
  • Kokomo Inn Art Gallery

The need for a gallery to house the permanent collection of sculptor John Lopez’s works has come to life through the renovation of the Kokomo building which is accidentally but rightfully positioned to serve that purpose. With this in place, visitors will have a real life experience of John Lopez sculptures captured in a single space.

The choice of Kokomo was unplanned but John’s creative expedition led him to the building. The initial idea was to create a park to immortalize the Legendary Ed Lemmon and to which he purchased the two lots that are now Boss Cowman Square. After spending the entire summer of 2016 transforming the empty lot into a world class park, John’s visiting friends from Nigeria, Dotun Popoola and Jonathan Imafidor painted a mural against the long south wall of the Kokomo building. The mural is supposed to serve as a background for John Lopez sculpture of Ed Lemmon. In a bid to save the park and the beautiful mural from the aging wall of the empty Kokomo building that was bedeviled with neglect and faced with plodding decay, John decided to turn the ‘stone the builders rejected, to a chief corner stone’. The Kokomo will now serve as the official gallery of John Lopez sculptures. Dotun Popoola and Jonathan Imafidor’s ‘Diary of Two Visual Anthropologists’ will be the maiden exhibition of the Kokomo.