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Art & Artifact Collections

Mother by Oscar HoweIn an effort to preserve the diverse cultures of the Northern Plains, the Center has many artifacts and works of art on display. The region is rich in both Scandinavian and Plains Indian cultures.

Permanent and changing exhibits in the gallery show the range of our art holdings: the Cropp Case displays beautifully beaded and quilled clothing, dolls and items of daily use by Plains Indians; the Fantle Collection of Scandinavian furnishings conveys a clear sense of the home environment that the emigrants left when they journeyed to the frontier.

The Center's permanent art collection includes over twenty pieces by renowned wildlife artist Roger Preuss, and work of photographer Fred Farrar, water-colorist Herb Fisher, sculptor Palmer Eide, and painters Belva Curtis, Robert Wood, and Oscar Howe.

Each February, the Center for Western Studies offers regional artists an opportunity to show and sell their works at the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale.

Pictured above is "Indian Mother and Child" by Oscar Howe, 1972, from the Center's art collection.