South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit and Sale: Observing the State's 125th Anniversary

Visitors view the art exhibit and sale commemorating South Dakota's quasquicentennial

The Simmons/Madsen/Nelson/Elmen galleries of the Center for Western Studies (CWS) are currently displaying a juried art exhibit and sale of original works of art by current and past residents of South Dakota in observance of the state's 125th anniversary of statehood. The exhibit and sale, which runs June 10 through September 27, is entitled “South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit and Sale: Observing the State's 125th Anniversary.” A public reception will be held Thursday, June 12, from 4-6 p.m.

More than 80 artists submitted proposals for single works of art reflecting on South Dakota's statehood. These proposals were carefully considered by the CWS Board's Art Committee who chose 40 pieces for the final exhibit. Exhibiting artists include Dale Aadland, Ariadne Albright, Steve Babbitt, Ronald Backer, Bonnie Brahms, Gerald Collogan, Rodger Ellingson, Stacey Evangelista, Dede Farrar, Nick Fischer, Nicole Fischer, Jerry Fogg, Chris Francis, Jill Frederick, Sharon Gray, Mick B. Harrison, Marian Henjum, Nancyjane Huehl, Jamie Jacobsen, Peter Kilian, Karen Kinder, Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby, Harriet Lievan, Dennis Linn, Don Montileaux, Michael Paul, James Pollock, Bruce Preheim, D. George Prisbe-Przybysz, Gisele Robinson, Paul Schiller, Arthur Short Bull, Gary Steinley, Jennifer Stone, Robert Ten Cate, Ed Thomas, Judy Thompson, Ray Tysdal, David Warren, Jennifer White, and Darwin Wolf.

The juried exhibit includes a $2,500 grand prize, which was announced at the public reception, and $1,500 in additional cash prizes, funded by the Center for Western Studies. The winners are:

  • Grand Prize: Straddling 125 Shadows of Years Gone and Past While Looking Ahead Towards the Light of Future Dust by Chris Francis
  • People's Choice, 2-D: Oh, Give Me A Home by Jerry Fogg
  • People's Choice, 3-D: Something for Supper by Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby

The exhibit and sale are displayed in the Fantle Building of the Center for Western Studies, located on the Augustana campus at 2121 S. Summit Avenue. The Simmons/Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries in the Fantle Building provide one of the largest permanent gallery spaces in the region.

Available at the CWS Gift Shop

South Dakota 125: A Pictorial History
One picture represents each year, beginning in 1889 and continuing to today. Printed and published by South Dakota Magazine. Coffee table quality, 220 pp., black and white — an artistic souvenir of our quasquicentennial and a great gift!

Reveille for Sioux Falls
In this new, illustrated history of the Army Air Forces Technical School, author Dr. Lynwood E. Oyos proposes that, along with its air base, the school changed Sioux Falls in the post-World War II era as much as the railroads did in the 19th century.

The Center for Western Studies has long been a supporter of the arts in South Dakota and the surrounding Plains region. For South Dakota’s State Centennial in 1989, CWS Executive Director Dr. Harry Thompson directed the three-year “History of the Arts in South Dakota” project (1986-1989). Sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council and South Dakota Humanities Council, the project produced a bibliography of South Dakota arts resources and the book “An Illustrated History of the Arts in South Dakota,” written by Arthur Huseboe and Arthur Amiotte and published by the Center for Western Studies.

The Center annually sponsors the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale featuring 25 artists from as many as seven states. The 34th Annual Artists of the Plains event will be held February 14-16, 2014, at the Holiday Inn City Centre in downtown Sioux Falls.

For more information, please contact Kristi Thomas, education assistant, Center for Western Studies, 605.274.4007.