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Oscar Howe Gallery at USD to exhibit Howe’s ‘Dance of the Warrior’

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota will host a reception for the exhibition, “Dance of the Warrior,” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 in the Oscar Howe Gallery at Old Main 116.

On display through Jan. 10, the exhibition showcases the energy and movement of warriors in Oscar Howe’s paintings and drawings, and features warriors depicted in the “studio” style, reflecting Howe’s training at the Santa Fe Indian School. Whether fighting, riding a horse, or dancing in an honor song, Howe portrayed the movement of Sioux (O?héthi Šakówi?) warriors in beautifully composed works. He painted historical warriors, such as the famous Sitting Bull, or portrayed anonymous warriors on horseback for mural preparations and more. This exhibit is from the Oscar Howe permanent collection. The Gallery features three original exhibitions annually.

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The Oscar Howe Gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 for Dakota Days. For more information about the exhibition, please contact Alison Erazmus at or by phone at (605) 677-3177. To learn more about the University Art Galleries or to become a friend of the gallery, please visit and click on the ‘Membership Benefits’ page or Like us on Facebook 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, Knudson 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