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‘Oscar Howe’s Legacy’ topic of 23rd Howe Memorial Lecture at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- J.W. (Bill) Wiggins, Ph.D., will present the 23rd annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the University of South Dakota.

Wiggins will present “A Collector’s View of Oscar Howe’s Legacy” at Farber Hall, Room 111, in Historic Old Main with a reception to follow at Muenster University Center 211 at 8 p.m.

A retired dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Wiggins was a professor in chemistry but also spent a lifetime devoted to the collection, preservation and understanding of Native American art. During his time at the University of Arkansas, Wiggins left a generous imprint on the campus with the Sequoyah National Research Center, which is home to more than 2,300 works of art named the “Dr. J. W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection.” With works representing Native artists from Meso-America to the Canadian Arctic, the Wiggins Collection is one of the world’s premier collections of contemporary Native American art. The Wiggins Gallery, named in his honor, hosts art exhibitions and is open to the general public on the Arkansas-Little Rock campus. Wiggins is a member of the Native American Art Studies Associationand will be a judge for the 25th annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market, Sept. 28-30, at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D.

For more information about upcoming exhibitions, please email Alison Erazmus, director of the University Art Galleries, at or call at (605) 677-3177. To see more photographs of exhibitions and gallery events, “Like” the University Art Galleries Facebook page at or visit the UAG website at


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News