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Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency Recipient Art Installation in Day Gallery

Cannupa Hanska Luger, the Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency whose art is on display in the John A. Day Gallery. Cannupa Hanska Luger's art installation is on display in the John A. Day Gallery from Aug. 17 through Oct. 12.

“Future Ancestral Technologies,” an exhibit by 2018 Northern Plains Indian Artist Residency (NPIAR) recipient Cannupa Hanska Luger, is currently on display in the John A. Day Gallery located in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota from Aug. 17 through Oct. 12.

Luger will present an artist talk Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in room 172 of the Warren M. Lee Center. An artist’s closing reception is scheduled for Oct. 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery.

Luger was raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, and he is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian descent. In response to timely and site-specific issues, Luger produces multi-pronged projects that take many forms.

Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel and cut-paper, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century indigeneity. He combines critical cultural analysis with dedication and respect for the diverse materials, environments and communities he engages.

His work has been exhibited internationally in the Autry Museum of the American West, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Art Mûr Montreal.

“Future Ancestral Technologies” is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact Kate Skelly at 605-677-3177, or visit the University Art Galleries website.


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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