Exhibit Features Rare Works by Borglum, Howe, Dunn and Others

The Center for Western Studies at Augustana College today announced its newest exhibit, “40th Anniversary Exhibition: Art from the CWS Collection.” The exhibit is located in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Center for Western Studies’ Fantle Building and runs through Saturday, Feb. 26.

The Center for Western Studies has been collecting and preserving books, archival collections, artifacts and art of the Northern Plains since 1970. The “40th Anniversary Exhibition” displays some of the more than 750 pieces in the Center’s art collection. The items on display cover a wide range of artists, media, styles, and genres and include works by Gutzon Borglum, Norman Rockwell, John Banvard, Harvey Dunn, Henry Farny, Oscar Howe, Belva Curtis, Herb Fischer, Arthur Amiotte, Nancyjane Huehl, Roger Preuss, Joel Strasser, Pamela Harr and many more.

New acquisitions, on display for the first time in this exhibition, include works by Dan Deuter, James Starkey, Lucien Johnson, Tom Phillips, as well as recent Oscar Howe and Harvey Dunn donations.

“I think people may be a little surprised at the quality, and the variety, of art on display,” said Tim Hoheisel, director of Outreach and Communication for the Center of Western Studies. “For example, people know Gutzon Borglum as the sculptor of Mt. Rushmore, not as a painter. On display is a painting by John Gutzon Borglum, as he was known at the time, from 1895. It was painted more than 30 years before he began work on Mt. Rushmore. Also on display is an original Norman Rockwell painting, as well as four Oscar Howe originals and three by Harvey Dunn.”

There are 45 two-dimensional pieces and 15 three-dimensional works on display. A total of 50 different artists are represented in the exhibition. The Center has never before displayed a full gallery show of art from its collection.

Other permanent exhibits on display at the Center include the Fantle Scandinavian Exhibit, the Froiland Plains Indian Exhibit and the Jim Savage Woodcarving Studio and Exhibit.

The Center for Western Studies is located at 2121 S. Summit Ave. on the campus of Augustana College. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 605.274.4007 for more information.

In the photo: "Moonlight," by John Gutzon Borglum.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations