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Oscar Howe Summer Institute Guest Artist and Instructor Wendy Red Star Discusses Native American Art with Credit Hour

Credit Hour interviewed Oscar Howe Summer Institute Guest Artist and Instructor Wendy Red Star. Credit Hour Interviewed Oscar Howe Summer Institute Guest Artist and Instructor Wendy Red Star

Vermillion, S.D. – Native American artist Wendy Red Star and her daughter Beatrice offered insight into their intergenerational, historically influenced art in the latest episode of Credit Hour, the University of South Dakota’s weekly podcast.

Red Star visited USD as a guest artist and instructor during the Oscar Howe Summer Institute. As an artist and instructor, Red Star offered mentorship and guidance to high school students as they expanded their knowledge of Native American art.

Red Star grew up on the Crow Reservation in Montana, and much of her art features cultural items from her community. She often collaborates with Beatrice, and spoke of the intergenerational influences that are important to her work.

“I think we are all of the past and of all the collected experiences leading up to now,” Red Star said. “For me, it’s about looking back to where we came from and what’s going to happen now. Beatrice is a part of the next chapter and adventure.”

As she learns more about her community through research, Red Star hopes to help fill in the gaps and offer new perspectives of Native American history with her art.

“The Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute is a fantastic program hosted every year by the USD School of Fine Arts. A primary component is bringing in experts like Wendy Red Star to mentor students and expose them to new forms of art,” said Michael Ewald, host of Credit Hour. “We are thankful Wendy and her daughter Beatrice joined us to talk about her work and experience as an artist."

For more information about Red Star, visit her website at


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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.


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