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Day of Giving 2020

All of the artwork in our collection, 100% of it, is a gift. To the artists who created the more than 7,000 art objects, their inspiration and creation was often felt to be a gift from God, and in turn, the artist's gift to the world. To the people of South Dakota, each and every work was given as a direct donation of artwork by the artist or collector or purchased from funds given by thousands of generous donors, from school children in the 1950s and 60s to longtime supporters who make financial contributions each year.

On Day of Giving 2020 – Dec. 1 – or any day, you can be part of this cycle of generosity. You can designate your gift for the purchase or conservation of artwork. Or simply give to enable us to keep admission free, for all to enjoy the gift of art. Click here to learn more and to give.

Image credits:

Top row, left to right:

  • Ada Caldwell, Estes Park, oil on canvas, c. 1923. 1992.05.01. South Dakota Art Museum Collection.
  • Wife of Martin Shangreaux, Oglala Sioux, untitled (ceremonial moccasins), hide, tin cones, cut glass beads, horsehair, sinew, n.d. Collection of the South Dakota Art Museum, 2019.01.15. Gift of Cathy and Ken Vogele.
  • Liz Heeren, Cosmo Strato, acrylic and colored pencil on panel, 2018.South Dakota Art Museum Collection, 2020.04. South Dakota Art Museum Purchase. Funding provided by the South Dakota Arts Council.
  • Dale Lamphere, Young Long Soldier, cast bronze, 1982. 1990.04. Purchased by the 20th Anniversary Fund.


  • Works in "ALL DUNN: The Complete Harvey Dunn Collection" acquired as gifts from the artists, gifts from collectors and through funds provided by donors over the years.

Bottom Row, left to right:

  • Carol Brown Goldberg, Spirit to the Hotel, acrylic on canvas with polymer particles, 2007. South Dakota Art Museum Collection, 2016.05.1. Gift of International Arts & Artists.
  • Amelia Iron Necklace, Standing Rock Sioux, untitled (hymnal cover), tanned deer hide, muslin sinew sewn, fully beaded, c. 1930. 1985.01.33. Gift of Rev. and Mrs. Frank M. Thorburn.
  • Marghab Linen, Deer; Goblet Round; embroidery on Margandie ®, 1980.13.004B. Gift of Mrs. Vera Way Marghab. 
  • Melvin Spinar, Hilton M. Briggs and Elmer H. Sexauer, acrylic on canvas, 1975. 1975.07. South Dakota Art Museum Purchase.