Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellows work to preserve present legendary artists work at USD
The Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellowship was developed as part of the Contemporary Native Arts Program at USD. American Indian students currently enrolled at USD were eligible to apply. Two students, Rayna Hernandez of Gayville, S.D., and Isaac Yellowbank of Sioux City, Iowa, are working this semester with University Art Galleries (UAG) staff to curate an exhibition of Oscar Howe’s artwork from the UAG permanent collection for next fall. Hernandez is currently studying English and painting at USD. A junior, she is a member of the Yankton Sioux tribe of South Dakota and her motivation to apply for the fellowship was “the desire to maintain and emphasize the world of Native American arts.”
“I can’t think of a better way to help preserve this art form than to showcase the work of one of our culture’s most notable and influential artists, Oscar Howe,” Hernandez stated.
Yellowbank is a member of the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska and he is currently studying kinesiology and sports science with a minor in native studies at USD.
“I feel this fellowship will help expand my knowledge and understanding of the different aspects of Native cultural preservation through art,” he said. “Oscar Howe was an amazing artist and I would love the opportunity to work with and study the incredible artwork he has made.”
The fellowship includes study in curatorial practice and Native American art history, and trains fellows in different areas of museum work such as collections management, curatorial writing and exhibition installation design. Other activities for the fellowship include travel to museums to review Native art and sharing Howe’s work with local audiences.
For more information about the Contemporary Native Arts program or University Art Galleries, please go to www.usd.edu/uag or contact Alison Erazmus, director of the University Art Galleries, at Alison.Erazmus@usd.edu or by phone at 677-3177. A photo of Hernandez and Yellowbank is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/OHCuratorial_Fellows.jpg.
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