CWS June Event Features the Art of JoAnne Bird

Event Details

Date: June 14, 2010

Times: The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner at 7:00 p.m. and program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Morrison Commons Ordal Dining Room, Augustana College campus

Ticket Info: Tickets are available for $60 per person, $120 per couple. Call the CWS at 605.274.4007 or email

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Center for Western Studies (CWS) at Augustana College hosts its 21st annual June Event dinner and program on Tuesday, June 15. The program is titled, Celebrating the Art of JoAnne Bird.

JoAnne BirdJoAnne Bird is a multi-talented artist with a passion for her artistic creations. A professional artist since 1968, her work has evolved to a truly unique style. JoAnne’s paintings depict her Native American heritage—many spiritual in nature and dating back to early Native American history or legend. She feels that her paintings bring out the old in a modern way.

Once a realist, she now considers herself an impressionist. Her paintings are created through a combination of controlled paint-throwing and the use of a palette knife.

In addition, a retrospective exhibition of her work will be on display in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the CWS Fantle Building from June 16-September 25

CWS will present JoAnne the prestigious Western America Award during the event “for achievement in any and all fields of endeavor that relate to the preservation and interpretation of the history and cultures of South Dakota, the Northern Plains, and the American West.”

The June Event is the Center’s annual fundraiser. The Event will be held in the Morrison Commons Ordal Dining Room on the campus of Augustana. Guests will be treated to a gourmet meal, music, a hoop dancer, and several wonderful JoAnne Bird paintings. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner at 7:00 p.m. and program at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for $60 per person, $120 per couple, and all proceeds benefit the Center for Western Studies. For more information about tickets to the event, please call CWS at 605.274.4007, email or visit the website at

Center for Western Studies
Augustana College
Phone: 605.274.4007