University Art Galleries Receive Grant to Preserve Native American Art Collections

The University Art Galleries at USD The University Art Galleries at USD received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to preserve Native American art collections.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota have been awarded $50,000 by the Henry Luce Foundation for Documenting, Digitizing and Preserving the Native American Art Collection. This grant from the Luce Foundation’s American Art program was approved on the recommendation of Teresa Carbone, Program Director for American Art. It is the first Henry Luce Foundation grant awarded to an institution in the state of South Dakota.

The grant will fund a two-year project to conserve, catalog and digitize the Oscar Howe and Robert L. Penn Northern Plains Contemporary Indian Art Collections. The University Art Galleries’ permanent art collection includes the largest single collection of works by Oscar Howe, the internationally noted Native American artist and former USD faculty member.

“We are very grateful to the Henry Luce Foundation for their support of this project,” Director of the University Art Galleries, Kate Skelly, said. “This project will greatly increase the University Art Galleries’ capacity to share our collections with the public, partnering institutions, artists and scholars of Native American art.”

ABOUT THE HENRY LUCE FOUNDATION

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES

The University Art Galleries educate the university and community through rotating contemporary and historical art exhibitions, artist lectures, research programs and campus events. The exhibitions focus primarily on American and Northern Plains Tribal art and highlight the cultural characteristics of the region. The University Art Galleries is responsible for developing and maintaining the permanent art collection of the University of South Dakota, which currently numbers over 1,600 pieces emphasizing South Dakota artists, contemporary art and Northern Plains Tribal art. The permanent art collection includes the largest single collection of works by Oscar Howe, the internationally noted Native American artist and former USD faculty member.

ABOUT USD

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 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 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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