Weathered: The Northern Plains Landscape as Shaped by the Elements

Detail from "Rain Clearing" by Wyoming artist Gisèle Robinson.

Detail from "Rain Clearing" by Wyoming artist Gisèle Robinson.

The diverse expanse of the Northern Plains landscape provides beautiful vistas that inspire some of the region’s most remarkable artists to capture its wonder in their work.

Lush verdant pastures exist inexplicably alongside dramatic arid buttes. Each is shaped by a force as timeless as the land itself: weather.

Water, wind, and fire shaped this great land we call the Northern Plains and continues to shape it to this day. Tornadoes, drought, floods, and wildfires lend credence to South Dakota’s motto: the land of infinite variety. If you don’t like our weather, wait a minute — it will change. 

The Center for Western Studies is excited to present "Weathered: The Northern Plains Landscape as Shaped by the Elements." For this unique exhibition, regional artists will submit works that demonstrate how weather impacts the Northern Plains.

Artists interested in exhibiting works must complete an application form, including title(s), location(s), dimensions, price(s) (if for sale), and a watermarked example of the work(s). 

Requirements for submitted works:

  • Work(s) must be ready to hang if 2-D or be freestanding if 3-D.
  • Work(s) must depict some form of weather event on the Northern Plains.
  • Work(s) should be appropriate for a wide viewing audience.  

Additional details are available in the application formPlease submit this form and example image(s) to Education Assistant Kristi Thomas, Center for Western Studies, 2001 South Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD, 57197 by March 31, 2017.

Artists will be notified of exhibit acceptance by April 14, 2017CWS reserves the right to accept or deny pieces based on quality and content.

"Weathered: The Northern Plains Landscape as Shaped by the Elements" opens May 22, 2017, and runs through August 25, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Center's Fantle Building at 2121 South Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD.