Exhibits at the Center for Western Studies

ESL students from Washington High School at CWS

ESL students from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD, tour the Center for Western Studies in 2013.

The Center for Western Studies hosts 3-4 major art exhibits in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building every year. The exhibits feature regional artists and explore themes of importance to the Northern Plains. Recent shows have featured Augustana Professor Emeritus of Art Carl Grupp, wildlife artist Russ Duerksen, and Yankton Sioux Oyate artist Jerry Fogg. Others have explored the work of Dakota Territory photographers as evidenced in the Robert Kolbe Collection, the history of the Northern Plains Indian Art Market, and the significance of Wounded Knee. Learn more about our current exhibit or view our calendar of events to learn about upcoming shows.

The Center also has many historical exhibits on permanent and changing themes. These displays highlight materials from the art, artifact, and archival holdings at CWS which are available to researchers interested in the region. The duration of these exhibits varies, from a few months time to several years, so stop in frequently to see what's new at CWS!