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Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute Deadline Approaching

VERMILLION, S.D -- Applications are due Friday, May 7, for the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute at the University of South Dakota, which teaches high school students about contemporary Native American fine arts.

A series of workshops June 5-17 focusing on Native American culture, history and tradition is open to 20 students with an interest in visual arts. All courses are taught by professional artists. Participants attend free of charge, including meals, housing, instruction and art supplies.

Students are selected based upon an online application, letter of recommendation and portfolio of their artwork. Special attention is given to applications from Native American students.

The Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute, sponsored by the art department, honors longtime USD professor and American Indian Northern Plains artist Oscar Howe. The institute aims to help educate the next generation of Native American artists and has supported many students who have gone on to pursue a career in art. More information and a link to register is posted at


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News