USD Hosts Bead and Quillwork Artist for 28th Annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture Sept. 21

Photo of Angela Swedberg. Angela Swedberg will deliver the 28th annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture this Thursday, Sept. 21.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host Angela Swedberg, a professional conservator and restoration specialist of 19th century Native American art, for the 28th annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture this Thursday, Sept. 21.

Hosted in Farber Hall from 7-8 p.m. in Old Main on the USD campus, the lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a reception in room 118 of Old Main after the event.

Swedberg has been a bead and quillwork artist and native art restorer for over 30 years. Using her extensive knowledge of beadwork, quillwork, and leatherworking, she makes both historic style and contemporary modern artworks. Her work often includes blown and cast art glass as a narrative. Swedberg is a tribally certified Indian Artisan, in full accordance of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Swedberg’s original works belong in numerous museum permanent collections.

Swedberg has been Artist-in-Residence at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, and won the Hauberg glass art fellowship. Her most recent accomplishments include making an 8-piece set of Plateau horse gear for permanent display at the Denver Art Museum, narrating environmental issues that affect the Peoples of the Plateau. This fall she will participate in a research fellowship, studying historic Plateau clothing and cultural items at the Burke Museum, University of Washington. Swedberg also was recently awarded the “Peace and Friendship” medal by the Washington State Historical Society for fostering cultural understanding between Native people and non-natives.

The Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture is one of the kickoff events to the 30th 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