VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host Angela Swedberg, a professional conservator and restoration specialist of 19th century Native American art, for the 28th annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture this Thursday, Sept. 21.
Hosted in Farber Hall from 7-8 p.m. in Old Main on the USD campus, the lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a reception in room 118 of Old Main after the event.
Swedberg has been a bead and quillwork artist and native art restorer for over 30 years. Using her extensive knowledge of beadwork, quillwork, and leatherworking, she makes both historic style and contemporary modern artworks. Her work often includes blown and cast art glass as a narrative. Swedberg is a tribally certified Indian Artisan, in full accordance of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Swedberg’s original works belong in numerous museum permanent collections.
Swedberg has been Artist-in-Residence at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, and won the Hauberg glass art fellowship. Her most recent accomplishments include making an 8-piece set of Plateau horse gear for permanent display at the Denver Art Museum, narrating environmental issues that affect the Peoples of the Plateau. This fall she will participate in a research fellowship, studying historic Plateau clothing and cultural items at the Burke Museum, University of Washington. Swedberg also was recently awarded the “Peace and Friendship” medal by the Washington State Historical Society for fostering cultural understanding between Native people and non-natives.
The Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture is one of the kickoff events to the 30th Annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market weekend.