The Art of Generosity: CWS Honors Its Patrons

"Dakota Band" by JoAnne Bird

"Dakota Band" by JoAnne Bird, from the private collection of Tom and Gloria Houle.

The depths and perplexities of this wondrous region can be made all the more accessible through the vision of an artist. Over the past five decades, art programming has played a key role in the Center for Western Studies' mission to improve the quality of social and cultural life in the Northern Plains and achieve a better understanding of the region, its heritage, and its resources.

View this exhibition, “The Art of Generosity: CWS Honors Its Patrons”

The annual Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale (which celebrates its 40th anniversary on November 6-8, 2020), and the many exhibitions that have graced the Center's galleries from its earliest days to now, have allowed CWS members and donors a chance to support local artists, the greater regional art community, and the ideals the Center for Western Studies holds dear. 

Now, as the Center begins its 50th anniversary year, we want to recognize those generous individuals who have made our decades of art programming possible: our patrons.

A selection of artwork acquired for private collections through CWS programming has returned to the Fantle Building for a unique and eclectic show. As you walk through the exhibition, “The Art of Generosity: CWS Honors Its Patrons,” familiar images will remind you of the beautiful journey CWS has taken you on for half a century — and will leave you eager for what the next 50 years have in store.

Featured Artwork is from the Private Collections of the Following CWS Donors:
  • Robert and Elizabeth Bennett
  • Stan and Sandra Christopherson
  • Russ and Rhonda Duerksen
  • Sharon Gray
  • Tom and Gloria Houle
  • Duane Kjelden and Steve Waugh
  • Robert and Jane Kolbe
  • Nancy Losacker
  • Gary and Rosaaen Olson
  • Dean and Sharon Schueler
  • Harry and Ronelle Thompson
  • James and Penny Volin
  • Tim and Claudia Wassom
  • Marty Watson
  • Donna Willadsen
  • Norma and Jerry Wilson

The exhibition runs January 27, 2020 – April 25, 2020, and is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is located in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Center's Fantle Building at 2121 South Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD.