Through Sept. 27: Exhibit Honors State's Quasquicentennial

Event Details

Date: June 11 - September 27, 2014

Location: Center for Western Studies

The Simmons/Madsen/Nelson/Elmen galleries of the Center for Western Studies (CWS) displays 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 will run through September 27, is entitled “South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit and Sale: Observing the State's 125th Anniversary.” A public reception was held Thursday, June 12.

The juried exhibit carries 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.

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. 

The exhibit and sale is being held 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 provides one of the largest permanent gallery spaces in the region.

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 was 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.