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UA 6.9.1


College of Arts and Sciences, School of Design, Department of Visual Arts Records


Department of Visual Arts, School of Design, College of Arts and Sciences, South Dakota State University




7.08 linear feet (5 records center boxes, 1 oversize box) photographs, electronic records, moving image materials




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . College of Arts and Sciences, School of Design, Department of Visual Arts Records, UA 6.9. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


The Department of Visual Arts offers courses in animation, art education, art history, ceramics, computer graphics, drawing, film, illustration, interactive design, graphic design, mobile app design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and web design. The collection is composed of departmental records.

Historical Note

Art has always been taught at South Dakota State University. The earliest courses of study required women students to take drawing and painting, and drawing appeared in all curricula for men. Later more courses in art education, fine arts, and visual arts developed, through the Department of Art.

The Department of Visual Arts courses are designed to provide students with studio and lecture experiences in art regardless of their major. For students wishing to pursue careers as artists, art educators, or designers, the programs offer the background for careers after graduation or further advanced study. Students may pursue a Visual Arts degree with concentrations in art education, graphic design, fine arts and general art.

South Dakota State University established the School of Design July 1st, 2015 by bringing together art, design, and architecture studies formerly housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Sciences, and the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

Contents Note

This collection is composed of material produced by the Visual Arts Department. Folders include programs, pamphlets, exhibition material, clippings and photographs. Some items of note include completed student projects for the Art History course and photographs of Ada B. Caldwell and Maud Goddard, early Art faculty at South Dakota State College. Also included is a scrapbook created by students belonging to the Delta Phi Delta Art Fraternity. This scrapbook consists of clippings, memorabilia and original artwork by members.

Key Words

South Dakota State University. Department of Visual Arts.

Faculty art, Exhibitions

Student art, Exhibitions

Visiting professors

South Dakota State University. School of Design.

Container List

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School of Design, Department of Visual Arts Records Container List. UA 6.9.1

11Alumni Exhibition [mailer]2008
12Annual Juried Student Exhibition (program)2003
13Art History: September 11th Projects2001
14Art History: Wacipi Project2001, 2003
15Bush Festival of Diversity, Designer: Ed Bennett1992
16Catalog of 16mm Sound Films (pamphlet)1947
6ScrapbookDelta Phi Delta Art Fraternity scrapbook (original artwork, photographs)1968-1969
17Designer examples: Faculty, alumni1990, 1995, 2000, 2002-2003, undated
18Dvagi (The Design and Visual Arts Group, Inc.) (exhibition catalogs)2007, undated
19Faculty Exhibition2008
110Fine Arts Festival guest register1969, 1981-1986
111Gambill, Norman P. - reprint of paper "Slowing Down"" presented at Oxford Round TableEngland"
112Independent Experimental Video (exhibition catalog)1989
114Institutional Program Review2003
115Institutional Program Review (Norman Gambill edited copy)2003
113Institutional Program Review 1995-961995-1996
116Photographs1907, 1917, 1924, 1936, 1983, undated
119Ritz Gallery (clippings, exhibition material)1983-1984
120Ritz Gallery (clippings, exhibition material)1984-1985
121Ritz Gallery (clippings, exhibition material)1985-1986
117Ritz Gallery (clippings, exhibition material, photographs)1981-1982
118Ritz Gallery (clippings, exhibition material, photographs)1982-1983
122Ritz Gallery (clippings, exhibition material, photographs))1986-1987
124Ritz Gallery-Faculty Exhibitions1980, 2004, 2007
125Ritz Gallery-Helen Naden Morgan Retrospective Exhibition (poster)2001
126Ritz Gallery-Mailers1984-1989, 2000, 2004, 2007
127Ritz Gallery-Mel Spinar: Bohemian Women from West River Exhibition (exhibit catalogue, teacher's guide, CD-ROM)2002
128Ritz Gallery-Pamphlets1986-1987
123Ritz Gallery-The Broth Project (posters, artist samples)2003
129Ritz Gallery-Visual Wave Show (artist biographies)2004 circa
130Scrapbook (clippings, exhibition material, related to Visual Arts at SDSU)1983-1993
131Senior Show: Cragoe, Austin ; Tangen, Theanne (program)2005
132Senior Show: Heier, Melissa ; Olson, Lisa ; Stockholm, Deborah (photographs)2001
133Senior Show: Hovland, Grant D. (poster)2001
134Senior Show: Huyck, Justin ; Schmitzer, Carl (photographs)2001
135Senior show: Mailers2006-2008
136Senior Show: Niemiec, David ; Bingner, Anna ; Grav, James ; Robinson, Adam (mailer)undated
137Senior Show: Plagge, Deb (slides)2001
138Senior Show: Schoeneman, Lori ; Olsen, Cerissa ; Bailey, Lisa (photographs)2001
139Traversing the Grid Conference (pamphlet)2004
140Visiting artists2008
141Visiting professor: Jeen Kim (Korea) (examples of work)1998, 2003
142Visual Arts Group: The Art of Chocolate Auction (program)1989
143Visual Arts Newsletter1985-1987
144Visual Arts Photo History 1998-1999 (clippings, photographs)1998-1999
145Visual Arts tour to Chicago, IL (photographs)2002

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

Copyright note

Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.

Arranged and Described by

Crystal J. Gamradt, 1999 March 2.