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 exhibitions in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building every year. The exhibitions feature regional artists and explore themes of importance to the Northern Plains. Recent shows have featured watercolorist Sharon Gray, Norwegian landscape photographer Lars Westvig, and the en plein aire work of Cathleen Benberg and Steve Beaubien. Others have explored contemporary ledger art, the history of the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians, and artists' responses to the 125th anniversary of South Dakota's statehood. Learn more about our current exhibition 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!