University Art Galleries at USD Presents "Asiniig" by Indian Artist from Minnesota

Image Duane Goodwin bronze piece Duane "Dewey" Goodwin's "John Wind-In-His-Hair" bronze casting piece

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota opens the exhibit Assiniig on Monday that features works by Duane “Dewey” Goodwin, of Bemidji, Minnesota, who has Anishananaabe and Lakota heritage and White Earth tribal affiliation.

The works will be on display in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts from Dec.  21 through Jan 22, with a closing reception on that Friday from 6-8 p.m.

Goodwin’s work has received numerous grants and awards and has exhibited at the Philbrook Indian Art show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Heard Museum Indian Art show in Phoenix. He has worked in art education for 30 years, believing that restoring traditional arts is vital to retaining cultural traditional practices. He considers himself a contemporary artist living in a semi-traditional environment. Dewey’s primary medium is stone carving, but he's also skilled in bead work and ivory carvings.

Asiniig features many works Goodwin has created throughout his lifetime, such as stone carvings, bronze castings, paintings and traditional bead work. Several of his carving pieces were created while Goodwin participated in the second annual Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency at the University of South Dakota last June. This residency is made possible through the Contemporary Native Arts Program grant. The Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency supports artists in the upper Midwest in the creation of a new or ongoing visual arts project.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News