The Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency (NPIAR) program guides emerging and mid-career American Indian artists to integrate new media, methodologies or technologies with traditional Native arts practices, history and culture.

As a resident of the program, you'll live and work at USD for the entire month of June. You'll also:

  • Promote and market your artwork through three marketing sessions with Native arts dealers, curators or gallerists
  • Study traditional Native American themes, icons and symbols in special collections at USD
  • Participate in a public studio visit, where guests may visit your studio and ask questions about your process and concepts
  • Begin a strategic plan to exhibit and promote your artwork to a broader arts community

Residency Stipends Package

The residency includes a generous stipend package, including:

  • $3,000 living stipend
  • $3,000 materials stipend
  • $3,000 technology stipend
  • Free food and lodging
  • Use of the art department's facilities


Artists who are registered members of a tribe in the Northern Plains region are eligible to apply.

To Apply

To apply for the NPIAR program, provide the following:

  • Application form
  • Digital portfolio on CD with corresponding images list
  • Statement of intent
  • Resume or CV
  • References

Applications must be postmarked by April 6, 2018

All materials should be mailed to:

University of South Dakota
University Art Galleries
NPIAR Committee
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069