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Exhibition Curated by USD Student on Display at I.D. Weeks Library

Leah Dosterhoft portrait USD student Leah Dusterhoft created an exhibition that explores the evolution of the visual identity of the USD Athletic Department from 1889 through the present. The exhibition is on display in the I.D. Weeks Library April 27-Aug. 6.

VERMILLION, S.D. – “The Story of the Coyote: A Visual History of USD Athletics,” an exhibition curated by University of South Dakota student Leah Dusterhoft, will be on display on the second floor of the I. D. Weeks Library from April 27 to Aug. 6.

The exhibition utilizes photographs, documents and other materials from the USD Archives & Special Collection to explore the evolution of the visual identity of the USD Athletic Department from 1889 through the present. The show will include an analysis of the origins of the coyote nickname, the trends of athletic logos and illustrations of Charlie Coyote and the evolution of the appearance of the Coyote mascot.

Dusterhoft is a senior graphic design major and throws discus for the track and field team at USD. She is a graphic design intern for the Sports Information Department on campus. Post-graduation, Dusterhoft hopes to become a graphic designer in college athletics.

The library is open to the public. Up-to-date information on hours of operation is available at All visitors must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth and should observe appropriate social distancing measures.

To learn more about the exhibition, contact Lauren Freese, USD assistant professor of Art History at 605-658-3457 or

To learn more about the USD Archives & Special Collections and exhibitions at the I. D. Weeks Library, visit


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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