In 2011, the South Dakota Art Museum received an extensive collection of original fine art prints from the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s donated by collector Neil C. Cockerline. The collection includes pop, op, abstract, color field, and photo-realist art. Currently, the collection consists of 531 works by 204 artists, including Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, and Robert Indiana.
Cockerline donated the collection in memory of his late mother Florence L. Cockerline because of her influence as his artistic mentor as a child.
This rare collection has provided interns, students, faculty and researchers with experience in handling, cataloging, researching, and preserving contemporary works of art. History, political science and visual art students have been able to visually see the social impact that current events of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s had on the visual arts. In addition, students are learning about the printmaking process and composition through this collection.
Here is just a sample of the many works in the Cockerline Collection: