VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is celebrating Sioux artist Oscar Howe this summer with the 18th annual Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute, June 15- 27. Howe, an internationally celebrated Sioux artist, served on the USD art faculty from 1957 to 1980.
The Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute is open to Native American high school and college students with a demonstrated talent in the visual arts and a strong interest in Indian culture and tradition. While at USD, students work with a staff of professional artists studying drawing, painting, printmaking, and other studio areas in addition to art history and cultural studies. Participants also work on group projects and take part in field trips as well as work with visiting artists.
This year’s Institute features two artists-in-residence who offer students both artistic instruction and professional guidance. Noted Oglala Lakota artist Donald Montileaux, who has received 20 art awards and commissions in addition to participating in over 25 major art shows across the country, will be at USD during the first week of the Institute. Montileaux’s work has been illustrated on many book covers and is included in scores of public and private collections. His formal art education began as a student in the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute in the 1960s, and he has been a full-time professional artist since 1999.
The artist-in-residence for the second week is Roger Broer, Oglala Lakota, who has more than 50 awards from national shows to his credit. Broer also has shown in 35 solo exhibits plus more than 100 group shows. Broer’s work is included in numerous public and private collections both nationally and internationally. He is a well-known lecturer, juror and educator who has conducted workshops across the country in drawing, printmaking, painting, and sculpture.
High school juniors and seniors and college students majoring in art are eligible to participate in the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute. The Institute is limited to 15 participants who are selected based upon a letter of nomination, the quality of their art portfolio, and completion of necessary application materials. Students attend the two-week intensive art workshop at USD free of charge including instruction, art supplies, and room and board.
For full information and application forms interested parties may contact Sandra Carlson, Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts, The University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested parties may also go to www.oscarhowe.org for information and applications.