38th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale

Winners of the 2017 Best of Show awards with show organizers. Front row, left to right: Jennifer White, Deb Gengler-Copple, and Kate Finley. Second row, left to right: CWS Executive Director Harry Thompson, Alex Meyer, Jerry Fogg, Arnold Bortnem, and CWS Board Chair Stan Christopherson.

Call for Artists:

The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University is now accepting artists’ applications for the 38th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale to be held February 16-18, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Sioux Falls.

We are excited to schedule this year's show in conjunction with the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, the nation's largest upland hunting and conservation event. More than 20,000 people attend the annual trade show which is expected to bring thousands of people to Sioux Falls this year — crowds eager to buy beautiful artwork!

The Artists of the Plains Show is selective, featuring around two dozen professional artists each year with an eye toward including new talent. Given the high volume of potential patrons the Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic promises, we anticipate strong competition for this year's show. Be sure to submit your application before the deadline of October 6, 2017.

As a signature program of the Center for Western Studies, this show and sale is designed to educate the public about the cultural importance and variety of regional art and artists. The largest and longest running show of its kind in the region, Artists of the Plains is an annual highlight of the Center's Art Program and Educational Exhibits, one of several programming areas supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The hours of this year's show will be:

  • Friday, February 16, Premiere Showing: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., with the awards program at approximately 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The Center for Western Studies offers CASH AWARDS in the following categories: Two-Dimensional Best of Show ($200 first place and $100 second place) and Three-Dimensional Best of Show ($200 first place and $100 second place).

The show is a gift from the Center for Western Studies and its supporters to the artists and collectors of the Northern Plains. All staff time necessary to prepare, market, and conduct the show is underwritten by the Center’s operations budget and endowment. The Center does not take a commission on any artist’s event sales.

To be considered for the 2018 show, complete the artist questionnaire and return it to CWS by October 6, 2017. The Art Committee of the CWS Board of Directors will meet in October to select up to 25 artists to invite to the 2018 show and sale.  Our visitors expect high quality and a variety of artwork at this event.  Artists are asked to have a minimum of five original pieces for show and sale.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Education Assistant Kristi Thomas at 605.274.4005 or kristi.thomas@augie.edu.