39th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale

Art Show, Bryan Bortnem, CWS, Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale

Artist Bryan Bortnem, displays his work at the 2018 Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale. Bortnem will participate in the 2019 show.

Event Details


Date: February 15 - February 17, 2019

Times: Friday: 5-9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 201 E. 8th Street, in downtown Sioux Falls

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.


Now in its 39th year, the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale, sponsored by the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University, is a staple for art lovers from all over the region. The show will once again be held at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn, 201 E. 8th Street, Downtown Sioux Falls. The event is free and open to the public and Art Show attendees will enjoy free underground parking.

The artwork of more than 30 artists from across the region, including Augustana University students, will be on display and for sale. This one of a kind show provides a wonderful opportunity for the public to meet one-on-one with area artists and discuss their work, including both popular, well-established artists and remarkable up-and-coming artists you'll be hearing about for years to come.

Artists invited to the 2019 show work in many different media — oil, acrylic, watercolor, 2-D/3-D mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and photography — and works will be available for sale at a variety of price points. There is something for everyone at the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale.


Hours are:

  • Friday, Feb. 15: 5-9 p.m. (premier showing and reception; awards ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 16: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb 17: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Center for Western Studies offers cash awards in the following categories: Two-Dimensional Best of Show ($200 first place and $100 second place) and Three-Dimensional Best of Show ($200 first place and $100 second place).


Artists who have been invited:

In addition to these artists, a number of Augustana University art students will be exhibiting and selling their work.

As a signature program of the Center for Western Studies, this show and sale is designed to educate the public about the cultural importance and variety of regional art and artists. The largest and longest running show if its kind in the region, Artists of the Plains is an annual highlight of the Center’s Art Program and Educational Exhibits, one of several programming areas supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event is a gift to the artists and collectors of the Northern Plains.

For further information, please contact Education Assistant Kristi Thomas at 605.274.4005.


The Center for Western Studies
605.274.4007
cws@augie.edu