USD Hosts Closing Reception for Northern Plains Indian Artist-in-Residence Jan. 19

Photo of Wade Patton Art Gallery Show. The University Art Galleries will be holding a closing reception for 2017 Northern Plains Indian Artist-in-Residence Wade Patton Jan. 19.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University Art Galleries will be holding a closing reception in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on Friday, Jan. 19, from 5-7 p.m. for the exhibition, “Wade Patton: Home.” Patton was the 2017 Northern Plains Indian Artist-in-Residence at the University of South Dakota.

“Patton’s deep affinity and reverence for the South Dakota landscape is evident in his artwork. I am so pleased to be able to share this work at the University of South Dakota and look forward to welcoming community members from Vermillion and the surrounding area at the reception on Friday,” said Kate Skelly, director of University Art Galleries.

An enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, Patton grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University, he decided to pursue opportunities on the east coast. While living away from South Dakota, he began expressing what he missed from home in his artwork, the beauty and splendor of the Black Hills and the skies of South Dakota. Patton returned to South Dakota after realizing that he needed to pursue his art in the place where he finds the most inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. The John A. Day Gallery features 15-18 exhibitions annually. With over 185 feet of linear wall space and nearly 2,900 square feet, the gallery space also hosts receptions, lectures, art auctions and various art educational events and functions for the fine arts programs and for the USD community and the City of Vermillion public.


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