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John A. Day

John Day

Professor Emeritus
M.F.A., University of Notre Dame

office: FA 210
phone: 605-677-5234

John A. Day holds his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He began his teaching career as a member of the faculty of Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD and joined the Art faculty at the University of South Dakota in 1976, serving as Art Department Chair until becoming Dean of the College of Fine Arts in 1980, a post he held until 2004. He also served as USD Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1984-85.

Day served as Director of the University Art Galleries since its founding in 1977 until 2009. During that time, Day curated over 50 major exhibitions, including several which toured nationally. As Curator of the USD Oscar Howe Collection, he oversaw the world's largest collection of Howe work and was instrumental in establishing the Oscar Howe Archives and the Oscar Howe Memorial Association at USD. Day has lectured and written on the art and life of Oscar Howe for over 30 years, in addition to organizing over 20 Oscar Howe exhibitions.

Day served on the South Dakota Arts Council for 10 years and has been a member of the South Dakota Capitol Beautification Commission since 1982. He is the recipient of the South Dakota Governer's Award for Outstanding Support for the Arts by an Individual and the 2003 Western American Award from the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College.