Gallery Exhibition Will Honor Women's Suffrage Centennial

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, proclaiming, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

For the first time in our nation’s history, women all across the United States had the right to vote. 

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this landmark event, the Center for Western Studies will present a gallery exhibition this fall featuring 19 pieces created by female artists demonstrating the diverse and powerful voices of the women of the Northern Plains. We are currently accepting applications for inclusion in the exhibition, which will run August 18 - October 23 in the Madsen/Nelson Galleries of the Center's Fantle Building.

Proposed works for this exhibit do not have to be directly related to the idea of what it means to be a woman of the plains, but should embody the spirit of the artist’s viewpoint as a woman of the plains. Native American perspectives are encouraged, especially in recognition of the fact that voting rights were not extended in the same way to all Native women (and men) until the 1960s.

Artists interested in exhibiting works must complete an application form, including the title(s), dimensions, price(s) (if for sale), and a sample image of the completed work(s). Please submit the form and image(s) to Education Assistant Kristi Thomas, Center for Western Studies, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD, 57197, no later than Friday July 3, 2020.


  • July 3: Applications due (including photographs of completed works)
  • July 24: Notifications of exhibition acceptance
  • August 7: Delivery deadline of accepted works
  • August 18 - October 23: Exhibition dates

ELIGIBILITY: Artists must identify as female and live in the Northern Plains (South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana). Artists may submit up to three pieces for consideration, however only one work per artist will be exhibited.


  • Work(s) must be the original work of the artist submitting it for consideration. Unoriginal works will not be accepted. 
  • Work(s) must be completed by July 3, 2020. If submitting a proposal of work prior to this date, an additional image of the completed work must be sent on or before July 3, 2020, to complete the application.
  • Work(s) should be appropriate for a wide viewing audience.
  • CWS reserves the right to accept or deny pieces based on quality and content.

FEES & SALES: Accepted works will be displayed as submitted. Artists have the additional option of selling their work. Please include price when submitting art for sale. All exhibit sales will be handled through the CWS Gift Shop, and a 30% commission will be collected by CWS for all works sold as a result of the exhibition. All scheduling, freight costs, and delivery/pick-up charges will be the responsibility of the artist.

DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: Works accepted for the show can be delivered directly to the Center for Western Studies, 2121 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD, 57197, during regular business hours, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Special delivery arrangements can be made upon request. Works can also be shipped to:

Kristi Thomas, Education Assistant
Center for Western Studies
Augustana University
2001 S. Summit Ave.

Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Works must be delivered (or arrive) by August 7, but they can be delivered earlier and stored for the exhibition. All artwork must arrive ready to be displayed.

EVENT CONTACT: Please contact CWS Education Assistant Kristi Thomas for questions or clarification: or 605.274.4005.