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USD Hosts 30th Annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture Sept. 19

Oscar Howe Oscar Howe's painting, "Dance of the Double Woman," courtesy of the University Art Galleries.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host Sharron Ahtone Harjo (Kiowa) for the 30th Annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture Sept. 19 from 7-8 p.m. in Farber Hall located inside Old Main on the USD campus. A public reception for Ahtone Harjo will immediately follow the lecture in the Oscar Howe Gallery. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Ahtone Harjo’s lecture is titled “Kiowa Plains Artist of Ledger and Painting Styles.” Ahtone Harjo is an artist and educator whose career has spanned over five decades. She studied art at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, under Cheyenne artist, Dick West. There, Ahtone Harjo learned the traditional flat-style of painting, which has been instrumental to her work as ledger artist and pictorial style of painting.

Her work can be found in the collections of Brown University, Center of the American Indian, Kilpatrick Center, Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Oklahoma State Historical Society and Southern Plains Indian Museum.

The 2019 Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Oscar Howe Memorial Association and the College of Fine Arts at the USD. The Northern Plains Indian Art Market, featuring original Native American Art, is located at the Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is available Sept. 21-22. Ahtone Harjo is one of this year’s jurors. 

For more information, please contact Amy Fill, University Art Galleries director, at 605-658-3437 or


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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