SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM Named One Of America's 25 Best Galleries And Museums

SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM Named One Of America's 25 Best Galleries And Museums
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Each Spring the American Art Awards board selects the 25 Best Galleries And Museums In America. reported in 2016: “The impressive AAA board chooses only one museum or gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.”

American Art Awards: “We consider thousands of the most established art venues from Maine to Hawaii. This year we awarded several museums with historical significance of 100+ years, some with over 100,000 annual visitors, some specializing in American acquisitions and others foreign antiquities. We’ve also selected some of the most reputable art galleries which specialize in contemporary works. In addition, we chose a few art facilities and centers dedicated to exhibiting the struggle and triumph of minorities and making an impact on their communities with inspiring educational programs.”

Why did the American Art Awards select South Dakota Art Museum as Best Gallery or Museum in South Dakota this year?

American Art Awards: "Firstly, the reputation and structure is preeminent. The gallery designs and exhibitions are sleek and cohesive and contemporary and exciting and engaging and informative. The Native American Collection is a coveted rarity in its scope, quality and size. The 20th Century Plains Indian art, primarily the Dakota, Nakota and Lakota tribes, bring pride to the region. One thousand other objects also represent the creative spirit and culture of Native Americans, including tribes of Ojibwe (Anishinaabe), Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo. We are thrilled to name the South Dakota Art Museum as an American treasure and the Best Gallery or Museum in South Dakota, 2017."


Since 1970, the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings has been a place for people around the world to enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. Rotating exhibits feature Harvey Dunn, Native American art, Marghab Linens and Paul Goble; as well as exhibits curated from regional, national and international artists.

The museum has more than 7,000 objects in its collection including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, and ceramics. The museum store features jewelry, pottery, and original works of art by local and regional artists in addition to books on South Dakota history and culture.

The South Dakota Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). This accreditation recognizes the Museum’s commitment and demonstration of the highest professional standards for education, public service and collections care.

The museum’s mission statement: As stewards of the state’s art treasures, the South Dakota Art Museum collects, preserves and exhibits visual art to provide access and education, to foster appreciation of the visual arts for the people of South Dakota and its visitors.


South Dakota Art Museum

On the South Dakota State University campus on Medary Ave at Harvey Dunn Street, next to the Campanile.

1036 Medary Ave., Brookings, SD 57007 605.688.5423

HOURS: Monday-Friday 10 AM – 5 PM / Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM / Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM

Closed Sundays January through March and all SD state holidays.


Between Order and Chaos: Nonobjective Abstractions

January 26 – May 21, 2017

This exhibition focuses on pure or “non-objective” abstractions within the permanent collection of the South Dakota Art Museum. Completely devoid of naturalistic depictions, these artworks take up as their subject matter the composition and creation of the artworks themselves. The works presented range in date from the early 1950s to today and have been collected by the museum since its founding in 1970. They represent only a fraction of the rich and diverse mixture of pure abstractions that the museum owns and cares for.

Women at Work: South Dakota Artists

March 7 – July 23, 2017

This exhibition continues the theme of “women at work” from previous exhibitions. It features 18 women artists who are currently working and living in South Dakota and was curated through an invitational process: Loy Allen, Diana Behl, Angela Behrends, Jenny Braig, Ceca Cooper, Denise DuBroy, Amy Fill, Jeannie French, Mary Groth, Amber Hansen, Liz Heeren, Connie Herring, Amy Jarding, Erica Merchant, Reina Okawa, Camille Riner, Patti Roberts-Pizzuto, and Anna Youngers.

Harvey Dunn: War Works from the Permanent Collection

March 31 – September 3, 2017

In honor of the 100 year anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI on April 6, 2017, this exhibition features Harvey Dunn’s war imagery from the Permanent Collection of South Dakota Art Museum. It includes Attack, Battleground, The Return, Gunfire, Streetfighting, Crossing a Pontoon Bridge, (untitled) Red Cross, (untitled) WWI Soldier, Oliver Staggered Over and Entered Major Worsley's Quarters and the two new acquisitions of a WWI battlefield woodcut and the illustration, Alongside G.I. Joe All the Way.

HORSES: Illustrations by Paul Goble

April 7 – August 27, 2017

This exhibition features illustrations by Paul Goble containing images of horses. Books featured will include Lone Bull’s Horse Raid, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, Death of the Iron Horse, The Great Race, Iktomi and the Buffalo Skull, Love Flute, Remaking the

Earth, and Dream Wolf.

The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ

April 25 – August 20, 2017

Opening Reception and Horse Nation Honoring: April 27, 4:00 – 7:00pm

This exhibition is organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School (Pine Ridge, SD), in partnership with artist Keith BraveHeart (Oglala Lakota). Original artworks from people of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota) that are related to and inspired by the Šúŋka Wakȟáŋ Oyáte (Horse Nation) were collected through a community informed process, open call and/or invitation.


HORSES: From the Permanent Collection

May 31 – September 24, 2017

This exhibition features artworks from the permanent collection of SDAM that contain horse imagery. It will provide multi-cultural perspectives, including works by Harvey Dunn, Albin Henning, Charles Hargens, Charles Greener, Oscar Howe, Arthur Amiotte, Robert Penn and Herman Red Elk, amongst others.

Tapun Sa Win

Curated by Dr. Craig Howe of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies

August 29 – December 31, 2017

According to Lakota legend, long ago there was a beautiful young woman (Tapun Sa Win, or Red Cheek Woman) who married a star and went to live with him in the sky. Near the due date for the birth of her baby, she inadvertently created a hole in the sky through which she could see her relatives on earth. This made her lonesome so she braided a rope to descend to them. This exhibit divides the Tapun Sa Win narrative into seven passages which are interpreted by four types of artworks by contemporary Lakota artists: a two-dimensional artwork, a three-dimensional artwork, a poem, and a song.

Written in the Stars: Star Stories in the Illustrations of Paul Goble

September 1 - December 31, 2017

This exhibition features illustrations by Paul Goble from books that contain star stories from Plains Indian tribes. Books featured will include Beyond the Ridge, Crow Chief, Her Seven Brothers, Star Boy, and The Lost Children.

Skye Gilkerson

September 15, 2017 – January 20, 2018

Skye Gilkerson is a native of Brookings, SD, receiving an MFA in sculpture from Crankbook Academy of Art in 2009. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Gilkerson creates poignant conceptual projects across a range of media, including sculpture, installation, photography, film and collage. The endless horizon of the South Dakota landscape remains a continual influence on her work. This exhibition will focus on works especially tied to a contemplation of time and timelessness, place and placelessness, and the tension between the human and universal scale.

From Dusk to Dawn: Artworks from the Permanent Collection

October 3, 2017 – February 10, 2017

This exhibition celebrates the beauty of nighttime—from the setting to the rising of the sun—through artworks from our permanent collection.

Harvey Dunn: Night and Day

October 3, 2017 – February 10, 2018

This exhibition features pairings of paintings by Harvey Dunn, one work depicting a night scene and one work depicting a day scene. The paintings within the pairings relate to each other in subject matter and/or compositional strategies, revealing interesting connections and contrasts between the works.

Steve Bormes: Deep Sea Imaginarium

December 5, 2017 – April 7, 2018

Outsider artist Steve Bormes of Sioux Falls creates illuminated sculptures from objects found as close to home as local antique and thrift stores and as far away as Turkey. This collection of his bizarre, fictional “deep sea fish” that are lit from within will be installed in an intimate, dark, wonder-filled, aquarium-like, immersive environment… Bormes’s “deep-sea imaginarium.” annually awards 25 museums and galleries in Spring, and with their critique in Autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists.).


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