Oscar Howe Institute Reception and Honoring Ceremony is Friday

Image Oscar Howe Institute in Minneapolis Students attending this year's Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute at USD during a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The 20 high school students from around the country taking part in the 2016 Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute at the University of South Dakota will show off their work and be honored at a closing reception on Friday.

The institute provides artistic workshops for students interested in contemporary American Indian fine arts with a focus on native culture, history and traditions. All courses are taught by professional artists and all students attend free of charge, including meals, housing, instruction and art supplies.

This year’s students came from 11 tribes in Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The OHSAI honors longtime USD professor and American Indian Northern Plains artist Oscar Howe, who established a summer art institute in the 1960s. The current institute began in 1991 and continues to support the goals Howe set forth through transference of cultural knowledge from one generation to the next.

The reception and honoring ceremony will be held at noon Friday, June 17, at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus.


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