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Oscar Howe exhibit Four Legged on display at USD through May 17

VERMILLION, S.D. -- “Four Legged: The Animal as Style and Subject” is on display at the University of South Dakota’s Oscar Howe Gallery through May 17.

“Four Legged: The Animal as Style and Subject” features Oscar Howe’s use of the animal as a subject throughout his painting career. A tradition in his culture and his heritage, the Sioux admiration for animals such as buffalo, elk and deer is apparent in Howe’s paintings as the artist depicted animals as integral symbols in a variety of Sioux dances and ceremonies. The paintings in “Four Legged” also represent Howe’s artistic journey from the flat, pictographic style of “The Studio” in his early works to his mature, modernist work of his later career.

University Art Galleries will host a free public reception for the exhibition from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 15, coinciding with an “Animal Arts Crawl” and family weekend, March 15-16. Gallery Hours for “Four Legged” are Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on weekends by special appointment. The Oscar Howe Gallery is located inside Old Main on the USD campus.

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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