VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota opens the exhibit Assiniig on Monday that features works by Duane “Dewey” Goodwin, of Bemidji, Minnesota, who has Anishananaabe and Lakota heritage and White Earth tribal affiliation.
The works will be on display in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts from Dec. 21 through Jan 22, with a closing reception on that Friday from 6-8 p.m.
Goodwin’s work has received numerous grants and awards and has exhibited at the Philbrook Indian Art show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Heard Museum Indian Art show in Phoenix. He has worked in art education for 30 years, believing that restoring traditional arts is vital to retaining cultural traditional practices. He considers himself a contemporary artist living in a semi-traditional environment. Dewey’s primary medium is stone carving, but he's also skilled in bead work and ivory carvings.
Asiniig features many works Goodwin has created throughout his lifetime, such as stone carvings, bronze castings, paintings and traditional bead work. Several of his carving pieces were created while Goodwin participated in the second annual Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency at the University of South Dakota last June. This residency is made possible through the Contemporary Native Arts Program grant. The Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency supports artists in the upper Midwest in the creation of a new or ongoing visual arts project.