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USD College of Fine Arts invites applicants for the first NPIAR

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Contemporary Native Arts Program (CNAP) at the University of South Dakota is seeking 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 and they will spend the entire month of June 2014 living and working at USD. The artist-in-residence will be expected to work on a new or ongoing visual arts project.

This prestigious artist residency has a generous stipend package, including a general living stipend of $3,000, a materials stipend of $3,000 and a technology stipend of $3,000. All food and lodging is covered by the CNAP program for the artist’s four-week stay. The artist will use the USD Art Department facilities to work toward the completion of their visual art project. The goals of the CNAP program at USD is to support Native artists from the upper Midwest, including those interested in combining traditional Native arts practices with new media approaches, technology-based methods, or artists wishing to broaden the distribution of their art using technology and/or social media. The purpose of the NPIAR is to encourage Native artists to access and use technologies for the preservation, dissemination and enhancement of their artistic work. The CNAP program also encourages emerging and mid-career American Indian artists from the upper Midwest to recognize their audiences and develop a career path that is successful according to their own assessment of artist purpose and wellbeing. The residency will offer guidance on how to develop career plans and trajectories in either commercial or nonprofit sectors.

To download the application form and learn more about the residency, please view the application form at and click on the downloadable PDF ( Applications must be postmarked by April 4. Completed applications should be sent to Alison Erazmus, NPIA Residency Committee, University Art Galleries, 414 East Clark St., Vermillion, SD 57069. For additional questions, please email Alison Erazmus (, director of the residency.


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