Oscar Howe Lecture Features Artist from Montana's Fort Peck Reservation

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota will host renowned international artist Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty as the guest for the 27th annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture on Thursday.

Fogarty is a full-blood Assiniboine (Nakoda) and Sioux (Dakota) from the Fort Peck reservation in northeastern Montana. She will give an artist lecture about her work and career beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Farber Hall in Old Main.

As a master beadworker and porcupine quill worker, Fogarty has been considered the grand matriarch of traditional Plains artwork. In 1985, she entered the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and received best of show, an honor she repeated the two following years, something never done before at the market. Fogarty has participated in Indian Market for 30 years and received multiple other awards, including the SWAIA Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to American Indian art.

Fogarty has pieces in private collections as well as permanent collections in many museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Ralph T. Coe Collection), the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Joslyn Art Museum.

Her work was recently featured in the traveling international exhibition The Plains Indians: Artist of Earth and Sky and national exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Denver Art Museum. She currently has a doll showing in an exhibit at the Fenimore Art Museum (Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection).

Thursday’s lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Oscar Howe Gallery, Room 116 in Old Main. The Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture is one of the kickoff events to the 29th annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market weekend.


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