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USD Grad Student to Showcase Work at CAIRNS Exhibit

Photo of Keith Braveheart. Keith Braveheart (left) works on a canvass painting in the Native American Cultural Center on the USD campus.

VERMILLION, S.D. –  Keith Braveheart, a University of South Dakota visual art graduate student is one of 28 Lakota artists selected from across the United States and Canada to participate in an exhibit at the Journey Museum & Learning Center in Rapid City this March.

The exhibit, hosted by the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) will feature works that explore the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre.

"This exhibition is important, as it will speak about a significance not often discussed and presents history from multiple perspectives," said Braveheart. "I'm from Kyle, South Dakota, and I have a grandmother who was a survivor of the massacre. Her name was Elk Woman. Growing up on the Pine Ridge reservation, I often drive by the massacre site and still feel the energy today. As an artist, I feel a responsibility to create an artwork for this exhibition and will be painting a large work while at USD."

The event titled, "Takuwe," will feature an impressive roster of prestigious and emerging Lakota artists representing five of the seven Lakota nations recognized by the U.S. and Canadian governments. Learn more about the exhibit.


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
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