College of Fine Arts University Art Galleries

Membership & Support

We Invite You to Join:  Friends of the University Art Galleries

The University Art Galleries (UAG) serves the academic and cultural needs of the university, the state of South Dakota and the region by providing high-quality visual arts experiences.

As a Friend of the University Art Galleries, you help the UAG extend and enhance its educational mission through:

  • Creating exhibition catalogs
  • Acquiring historically important and conceptually innovative works of art to add to the permanent collection and sculpture garden
  • Developing traveling exhibitions from the UAG's permanent collection
  • Funding research and lectures on artworks in our permanent collection
  • Supporting visual artists who exhibit and discuss their art on campus
  • Caring for and conserving artworks in our permanent collection

Members receive biannual newsletters with recognition of your contributions, special invitations to members' only gallery events, the chance to help determine new acquisitions for the permanent collection, and discounts on the purchase of professional artwork* and exhibition catalogs. See our Membership Benefits page for a full listing of benefits.

The University Art Galleries System

The University Art Galleries comprises three public visual arts spaces on the campus of the University of South Dakota: the John A. Day Gallery and Gallery 110 in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts as well as the Oscar Howe Gallery in historic Old Main.

The John A. Day Gallery is one of the area's largest professional exhibition facilities and presents over a dozen exhibitions per year. Gallery 110 features smaller, more intimate works with just over 63 feet of wall space. The Oscar Howe Gallery is home for the largest repository of art by Oscar Howe. The UAG permanent collection comprises 2500 contemporary and historical art objects such as Native American art from the upper Midwest, art and artifacts from Africa, Asia, and South America, as well as an extensive alumni student collection.

*Does not include student art