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Contemporary Native Arts Program (CNAP)

The Contemporary Native Arts Program (CNAP) at the University of South Dakota seeks applicants for the first Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency (NPIAR).  Artists who are registered members of a tribe in the Northern Plains region are eligible to apply for the residency. The artist-in-residence will spend the entire month of June living and working at the University of South Dakota. The artist will be expected to work on a new or ongoing visual arts project. To download the application form and learn more about the residency, please view the art residency document. For more information about the residency, including goals and to read about the members of the review and selection committee, please visit the CNAP page.  For other questions, please email Alison Erazmus (, director of the residency.

A Commitment to the Arts

The University Art Galleries (UAG) provides visual arts education for the University of South Dakota and the broader community through rotating contemporary and historical art exhibitions, artist lectures, research programs, and multidisciplinary events. Comprised primarily of American art and art from Northern Plains Indian tribes, the UAG continues to build and preserve its permanent collection for the purpose of scholarly engagement and to generate an appreciation for the unique cultural characteristics of the region.

Our Educational Goals

  • To provide visual arts education for the university and community through object-based learning with original fine art objects.
  • To serve as a support unit for research in the visual arts for the university and larger community of scholars and artists.
  • To make the visual arts a meaningful part of gallery attendee's experiences through greater visual literacy, sense of community, and engagement with new and critical ideas.
  • To develop and promote exceptional and innovative contemporary art exhibitions on USD's campus for audiences in the surrounding region.
  • To care for the UAG permanent collection following the best practices and standards.
  • To develop original exhibitions from the UAG permanent collection for public display and travel.

Please check the Galleries pages to find schedules for our upcoming exhibitions.

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Alison Erazmus, Director
University Art Galleries
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
fax: 605-677-5988