USD Hosts 27th Annual Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

Art students working on projects at Oscar Howe Art Institute. USD hosts the 27th annual Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute June 11-23.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host the 27th annual Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute June 11-23.

The 20 high school students selected for the program participate in artistic workshops and intensive studio sessions guided by instructors as they learn about contemporary Native American fine arts.

“Our goal by the end of the two-week session is that students produce many beautiful and expressive works,” said Cory Knedler, chair of the art department. “The students are highly productive.”

The camp honors past University of South Dakota professor and American Indian Northern Plains artist Oscar Howe. Howe started the early version of OSHAI during his 25-year career as a USD faculty member in the 1960’s to teach interested students about Native American art.

The current OHSAI began in 1991 and continues Howe’s goal of teaching the next generation of artists. Howe is considered one of the leading American Indian artists of his generation and continues to serve as an inspiration to aspiring artists today.

The final exhibition reception and student honoring ceremony is Friday, June 23, in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts from 12-1 p.m.


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