Coinciding with the Center for Western Studies’ 53rd Annual Dakota Conference theme, “Farming, Ranching and Sustainability on the Northern Plains,” the gallery exhibition, "Raising Up," recognizes regional agriculture and provides a visual interpretation of the often-overlooked necessity of feeding a population.

The food that sustains us, generation after generation, is quietly raised here in the heartland without much thought or introspection for the process or politics that drive this staple industry in our region. When the soil’s nutrients are spent from years of overcultivation and grazing lands deluged by an overzealous spring thaw, ag producers must find new ways to sustain the land. It’s here, where innovation meets tradition, that the art of farming and ranching begins.

The work of regional artists participating in this exhibition focus on farming, ranching, land use, sustainability, and other aspects of the agricultural industry.

Artists participating in the exhibition:

"Raising Up" opened June 7, 2021, and runs through September 3, 2021. The exhibition 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. Visitors are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask.

For more information, please contact CWS Education Assistant Kristi Thomas at kristi.thomas@augie.edu or 605.274.4005.