25th Annual CWS June Event

South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary of Statehood: Art, Music, and History

2014 June Event InvitationThe June Event, the Center’s annual fundraiser, will be held in the Simmons/Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building on Tuesday, June 10, at 6 p.m. The silver anniversary of the CWS June Event will recognize the quasquicentennial of South Dakota’s statehood with an evening of dinner, art, music, and history.

Guests will judge 41 original works of art in the Center's "South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit and Sale: Observing the State’s 125th Anniversary." Two-dimensional works feature oil, acrylic, pastel, ledger, watercolor, pen-and-ink, photography, and mixed media. Three-dimensional works include elk/deer horn, stone, and bronze sculpture and Native American utilitarian quillwork. Guests will choose the winners of the $750 2-D Prize and $750 3-D Prize. The CWS Art Committee will select the winner of the $2,500 Grand Prize, to be announced at the exhibit's public reception on June 12.

After judging the Center's latest art exhibit, guests will be treated to a gourmet dinner followed by the evening's program, Ten Events that Shaped South Dakota History during Statehood (1889-2014). Dinner guests will match wits against
 two South Dakota historians, Dr. Molly Rozum, Associate Professor of History, University of South Dakota, and Dr. David Wolff, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History, Black Hills State University. The evening will conclude with a performance by folk musician Jim Groth.

To purchase tickets for this exciting evening, please mail the reply card. For more information, call 605.274.4007 or email cws@augie.edu.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the redesign and expansion of the Center’s museum exhibits. The event is sponsored by Gerry Berger Law, a member of the Center for Western Studies Board of Directors.

Exhibiting Artists:

Dale Aadland, Ariadne Albright, Steve Babbitt, Ronald Backer, Bonnie Brahms, Gerald Collogan, Rodger Ellingson, Stacey Evangelista, Dede Farrar, Nick Fischer, Nicole Fischer, Jerry Fogg, Chris Francis, Jill Frederick, Sharon Gray, Mick B. Harrison, Marian Henjum, Nancyjane Huehl, Jamie Jacobsen, Peter Kilian, Karen Kinder, Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby, Harriet Lievan, Dennis Linn, Don Montileaux, Michael Paul, James Pollock, Bruce Preheim, D. George Prisbe-Przybysz, Gisele Robinson, Paul Schiller, Arthur Short Bull, Gary Steinley, Jennifer Stone, Robert Ten Cate, Ed Thomas, Judy Thompson, Ray Tysdal, David Warren, Jennifer White, Darwin Wolf.

Before Statehood:

The area known as Dakota Territory (1861-1889) was the home of at least eight American Indian tribes. The Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868 promised sovereignty in perpetuity, but with the passage of the Homestead Act in 1862, the seizure of the Black Hills by the U.S. Government in 1877, and the arrival of railroads in the 1870s, the territory became an attractive destination for Yankee, German, and Scandinavian people. Between 1879 and 1886, more than 100,000 people moved to Dakota Territory. Disagreement over the location of the capital forced Congress to divide the territory into two states. On November 2, 1889, North Dakota was admitted as the 39th state and South Dakota as the 40th state.