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UAG Summer Art Camp for Kids

Masquerade Parade: History, Myth and Play with Masks
Register today! The summer camp will allow children to participate in projects focused on the study of masks form the UAG collection.  These masks reflect cultures from around the globe.  The Camp is intended for children 7 - 11 years of age and takes place at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the campus of the University of South Dakota.  Please view the brochure for more information.

Northern Plains Indian Art Residency

The Contemporary Native Arts Program at the University of South Dakota includes three Native arts projects: the Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency, the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute and the Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellowships. The Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency supports artists in the upper Midwest in the creation of a new or ongoing visual arts project. The purpose of the residency is to encourage Native artists to access and use technology for the preservation, dissemination, and enhancement of their artistic work.

  • Please join us for an artist talk by artist in residence, Megan Yellow Boy, on Thursday, June 12 from 11 - 11:30 a.m. in room 107 of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.
  • Also, take advantage of open studio visits with the artist on June 12, 14 and 21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in room 173 of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.
  • A reception and final opportunity to visit the artist's studio will be held on June 28 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in room 173 of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

A Commitment to the Arts

The University Art Galleries (UAG) provides visual arts education for the University of South Dakota and the broader community through rotating contemporary and historical art exhibitions, artist lectures, research programs, and multidisciplinary events. Comprised primarily of American art and art from Northern Plains Indian tribes, the UAG continues to build and preserve its permanent collection for the purpose of scholarly engagement and to generate an appreciation for the unique cultural characteristics of the region.

Our Educational Goals

  • To provide visual arts education for the university and community through object-based learning with original fine art objects.
  • To serve as a support unit for research in the visual arts for the university and larger community of scholars and artists.
  • To make the visual arts a meaningful part of gallery attendee's experiences through greater visual literacy, sense of community, and engagement with new and critical ideas.
  • To develop and promote exceptional and innovative contemporary art exhibitions on USD's campus for audiences in the surrounding region.
  • To care for the UAG permanent collection following the best practices and standards.
  • To develop original exhibitions from the UAG permanent collection for public display and travel.

Please check the Galleries pages to find schedules for our upcoming exhibitions.

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Michelle St. Vrain, Interim Director
University Art Galleries
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069