South Dakota Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "South Dakota Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:

As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 67 pages including the state's name, yet no articles or essays specific to the state.

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Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Ritz Gallery at South Dakota State University

South Dakota Art Museum

Trout Gallery at Dikinson College

Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science Visual Arts Center


(above: Gutzon Borglum and Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 1927 to 1941. Photo courtesy of National Park Service Image Gallery)


Other online information:

Artists from South Dakota, from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Culture of South Dakota; from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Harvey Dunn: Cotton Candy Skies is a 2018 exhibit at the South Dakota Art Museum which says: "This exhibition highlights Harvey Dunn's distinctive use of cotton candy colored pinks and blues in his depictions of skies, especially within in his South Dakota prairie paintings. Dunn's iconic "The Prairie is My Garden" is on display along with other familiar works as well as less often displayed Dunn works." Accessed 3/18

Harvey Dunn: Fences, Cows, Plows & Oxen is a 2019 exhibit at the South Dakota Art Museum which says: "Present in nearly half of Dunn works in our collection, fences, cows, plows and oxen were a common feature of the subsistence lifestyle that South Dakota's settlers relied on in the pioneering era of Dunn's youth. This exhibition celebrates these prairie paintings and the roots of South Dakota's agricultural heritage."  Accessed 4/19

Harvey Dunn: Imagining Others is a 2019 exhibit at the South Dakota Art Museum which says: "This exhibition celebrates Dunn's desire to fully and deeply render truths about humanity. His instruction to students is a fitting lesson: "Feel your picture, get into it, be the character you are painting. Feel his joys, his sorrows, think him, put yourself in his shoes.""  Accessed 1/20

Lakota Voices - Collection Highlights from the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School  is a 2017 exhibit at the Haggerty Museum of Art which says: "The richness and diversity of Lakota culture is celebrated in this exhibition drawn from the collection of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation."  Accessed 8/18

Seeing Dakota: Collisions and Confluences - Sheil Agee and Ann Pederson is a 2018 exhibit at the Eide-Dalrymple Gallery which says: "The exhibition consists of large, door-size panels of oil paintings with large-scale panels of writings. Arranged as a double-layered, radiating quadrant in the center of the gallery, the installation produces four visual "moments": 1. Making Sense of Dakota through the four elements (earth, wind, fire, water) and the five senses; 2. Imagining Icons of the Prairie to find the extraordinary within the ordinary; 3. Following Traces and Imprints to track the trauma and resilience of communities on the Prairie; and 4. Watching and Wandering with the Spirit(s), to call mindfulness to the Spirit(s) of the Dakotas." Also see website for exhibition.  Accessed 12/18

South Dakota State Capitol - from National Park Service. Accessed August, 2015.

South Dakota State Capitol - from South Dakota Bureau of Administration. Accessed August, 2015.

"Ten 'Must See' South Dakota Paintings," by John Andrews, from January/February 2009 issue of South Dakota Magazine. Accessed August, 2015.

TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Illustrated History of the Arts in South Dakota, by Arthur R. Huseboe. 396 pages. Publisher: Center for Western Studies (November 1, 1989). ISBN-10: 0931170443. ISBN-13: 978-093117044

Art and artists in South Dakota (1701-1951), by Mike Sougstad. 1984

Rock Art of Western South Dakota, By James D. Keyser, Linea Sundstrom. Published by South Dakota Archaeological Society, 1984. 142 pages

The Art of South Dakota. Brookings: South Dakota Memorial Art Center, South Dakota State University, 1974. Essay by Joseph Stuart.

Index of South Dakota Artists, By Joseph Stuart, [Ed.]. Published by South Dakota State University. 1974.

My story of Art in the Black Hills, By Mar Gretta Cocking. Published by s.n, 1965



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