Rotating Exhibits at CWS
The Center has several display cases throughout the galleries that exhibit materials on a variety of changing themes. The current exhibits are:
Works by Jim Savage
Sioux Falls artist and master woodcarver Jim Savage was well known for his authentic depictions of the American West. The cowboy caricatures and Native American busts he created in his backyard studio grabbed the public's interest during the Western art boom of the 1970s. Jim's unique style of using native South Dakota driftwood and fence posts set him apart from the other artists of his time. A selection of Savage's works from the CWS Fine Art Collection are on display in the Elmen Gallery of the Fantle Building, including his award-winning American Horse and White Bull sculptures compiled out of hundreds of natural color wood pieces.
In celebration of the upcoming holiday, CWS intern Rebecca Sunde has created an exhibit of impressive die-cut, embossed, and 3-dimensional valentines. The cards date from the 1920s and are part of the Pearl (Lewison) and Edwin Hesby Collection donated by Kay Hesby. Stop in soon; this exhibit will come down at the end of February.
Stephen R. and Annie B. (Ackley) Riggs
Stephen R. Riggs was an early Congregational missionary to the Sioux in Minnesota and Dakota Territory. His life has been studied at length, but little has been known about his second marriage to Annie B. Ackley, a teacher who had previously worked at one of Riggs' missions and even taught his children. The Center recently received a new collection of Riggs family papers that includes correspondence from Stephen to Annie. Several of these enlightening letters are now on display.
Native American Quillwork
This display in the Elmen Gallery discusses the extent and process of Native American quillwork. The porcupine quill has been used as a decorative element by many Native American tribes. Individual quills are transformed by a process that includes soaking and dying, preparing them to be sewn to the desired object. Quillwork became less prevalent after the introduction of the glass bead by the Europeans, but it still remained as a decorative art. Examples in the exhibit are from the Blue Cloud Abbey-American Indian Culture Research Center Collection at CWS; additional examples can be found in the Froiland Plains Indian Gallery.
There are exhibits on permanent themes in addition to those listed above.