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Recent Acquisitions: 2016 – 2021

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As stewards of the state's art treasures, the South Dakota Art Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets visual art to provide access and education, and to foster appreciation of the visual arts for the people of South Dakota and its visitors. The museum preserves artworks of aesthetic, cultural, and historical significance to South Dakotans so these artworks will be available for the enjoyment and edification of future as well as current generations. This exhibition features a selection of several artworks recently acquired by the museum.

The South Dakota Art Museum has a rich collecting history, with more than 7,000 objects in its care acquired over the course of its 50-year history. The collection is a living work of art itself—a dynamic and growing network of intersections between objects, people, cultures, places, and time periods. Each artwork’s relevance and significance shift over time; each work informs the others when it joins the collection, creating new relationships and intersections.

The many people that helped create, support, and shape the museum’s collection throughout its history are embodied in it as well. They’re alive in the artworks they helped to preserve for the benefit of the public. We thank them for all they’ve done to help the museum build such an impressive and well-preserved collection.

All the artworks in this exhibition joined the collection between 2016 and 2021. Although recently acquired their dates of creation range from c. 1899 – 2019. Sources for the acquisitions vary from work to work and include both gifts and works purchased by the museum.

The process of adding to the collection is extensive and involves multiple layers of review over the course of several months. It starts with a proposed acquisition that is vetted by museum staff for its quality, significance, and relevance. It is then reviewed by the museum’s Collections Committee, who pass on the results of their recommendation to the museum’s Advisory Board for final consideration.

In addition to basic information about an artwork such as the artist’s name, artwork title, and medium, the object labels for an artwork reveal both the year and how it was acquired. The museum uses a standardized system to assign an accession (object identification) number to each object. Towards the end of the artwork’s label you will see a number sequence divided by periods with four digits, then two, then additional digits. The first four digits represent the year the artwork was acquired by the museum. The credit line follows, which credits the source of the acquisition.

Artists whose works are on display:

John R. Anderson ■ Billy Apple ■ John Banasiak ■ Arlene Becker ■ Grete Bodøgaard ■ Keith BraveHeart ■ Ada Caldwell ■ Eleanor Castelman Small ■ Harvey Dunn ■ James Gibson ■  Charles Greener ■ James Groth ■ Carol Hepper  ■ Oscar Howe ■ Milton Kudlacek ■  Cathryn Mallory ■ Donald Montileaux ■ S.D. Nelson ■ Signe Nelson Stuart ■ Tim Peterson ■  Helen M. Post ■ D. George Prisbe-Przybysz ■ Herman Red Elk ■ Carol Ryan ■ Birger Sandzen ■  Amos Sewell ■ Mark Shekore ■ Rabbett Before Horses Strickland ■ Joseph Martin Stuart ■  Rita Tate ■ unknown artist (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) ■ Paul War Cloud ■ Ronau William Woiceske

These generous donors made these acquisitions possible:

John R. Anderson ■ David and Sheryl Arlt ■ Gail Bonn ■ Drs. Eric and Ruth Brown ■ The Family of Eleanor Castleman Small  ■  Dennis Coberly ■ The Richard Cutler Fund ■ Anne Duston ■ Bernard & Marcella Gerber ■ Katherine Heikes, Eirik Heikes and Sunni Heikes-Knapton ■ The Iverson Endowment ■ Pauline W. Jennings ■ The Kelly Collection of American Illustration ■  The Lindahl Family ■ S.D. Nelson ■ D. George Prisbe-Przybysz ■ South Dakota Art Museum Art Guild ■  South Dakota Arts Council ■ South Dakota State University School of Design, Visual Art Department ■  Joseph and Signe Stuart ■ Jim Thvedt ■ Friends in Honor of Lynn Verschoor ■ Cathy and Ken Vogele

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