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American Collection

The American Collection is comprised of diverse selections of work by nationally recognized artists that do not have a strong South Dakota connection. Artists included in this collection are Marsden Hartley (modernist painter), Thomas Hart Benton (painter), Robert Mangold (minimalist painter), James Abbott McNeil Whistler (painter, printmaker), Sidney Chafetz (printmaker), Eric Fischl (painter, sculptor) and Birger Sandzen (painter). The collection also includes works by outstanding regional artists Jantje Visscher (photographer, painter), Brian Paulsen (painter) and Ulfert Wilke (painter).

The collection has been acquired primarily through donations by individuals and organizations such as the South Dakota General Federation of Women's Club, national collecting initiatives such as the National Gallery of Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.


The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel were active collectors, amassing a collection of nearly 4,000 objects. The sheer size of the collection - far too large to be reasonably placed in any one institution - led to the development of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States project, which enabled the Vogel’s to share the gift of their collection nationwide. This project received essential support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Vogel’s selected participating institutions using a range of personal criteria. For some states they based decisions on research that identified institutions with an interest in contemporary art. The Vogel’s goal was to bring work by contemporary artists to institutions that might otherwise not have been able to acquire them.

Works in the south dakota art museum Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.

Artists Represented

Barry, Robert
Benglis, Lynda
Calaway, Loren
Clough, Charles
Francisco, Richard
Halley, Peter
Hazlitt, Don
Johnson, Martin
Keister, Steve
Kinli, Alain
Lathrop, Michael
Levine, Jill B.
Lucery, Michael
Nechvatal, Joseph
Parsons, Betty
Pozzi, Lucio
Renouf, Edda
Rifka, Judy
Stanley Robert
Tivey, Hap
Trivieri, Daryl
Tuttle, Richard
Willis, Thornton