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University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD 57069-2390)
Alison Erazmus (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

General Preservation Assessment for the University Art Galleries

The general preservation assessment of the University Art Galleries (UAG) permanent collection, which would be used in the development of a long-range plan. The galleries hold the largest collection of paintings by Native American artist Oscar Howe, as well as works by many of Howe's students, including Arthur Amiotte, Robert Penn, and Roger Broer. The UAG continues to expand its contemporary Native American art collection by acquiring three works per year from award winners of the North Plains Indian Art Market. Along with its Native American art collection, the galleries house 400 prints produced by the Associated American Artists company, founded during the Great Depression, and 500 original illustrations and cartoons strips created in the mid-20th century.

The University Art Galleries (UAG) permanent collection at the University of South Dakota (USD) is the only on-campus collection devoted to offering a visual arts component for interdisciplinary research and education in the humanities. The UAG was established in 1977 as a unit within the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota. Over the past thirty-five years, the UAG has established a permanent collection that now contains 2,500 fine art and historical objects. The permanent collection includes Native American and Regionalist art from the upper Midwest, graphic arts from the 20th century, world art, and contemporary art. A preservation assistance grant will support a general assessment survey of the UAG permanent collection. The general assessment survey will provide recommendations on how UAG staff can reach specific goals such as improving the storage and display of the collection on campus.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015