39th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale

2018 Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale Winners

Winners of the 2018 Best of Show Awards with show organizers. Front row (left to right): Angie Gillespie (First Place, Two-Dimensional), Virginia Coudron (Second Place, Two-Dimensional), and Rachel Bachman (Second Place, Student). Second row: Fritz Hoppe (Second Place, Three-Dimensional), Jess Elofson (First Place, Three-Dimensional), Alex Meyer (First Place, Student); CWS Executive Director Harry Thompson, and CWS Board Chair Stan Christopherson.

Call for Artists:

The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University is now accepting artists’ applications for the 39th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale to be held February 15-17, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Sioux Falls.

The Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale is selective, featuring around two dozen professional artists each year with an eye toward including new talent. Following record-breaking attendance at last year's event, we anticipate tough competition again this year. Be sure to submit your application before the deadline of October 26, 2018.

A signature program of the Center for Western Studies, this event 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 15, Premiere Showing: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., with an awards program at approximately 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 16: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 17, 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 sales.

To be considered for the 2019 show, complete the artist questionnaire and return it to CWS by October 26, 2018. Our visitors expect high quality and a variety of artwork at this show. 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