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History, Vision and Mission

History

Since 1970, the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings has been a destination for people from around the world to enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. Seven galleries feature more than a dozen new exhibits every year featuring a wide variety of artworks and themes, many with ties to South Dakota and others that bring international perspectives. Exhibitions are curated from the museum’s extensive collection of Harvey Dunn and Paul Goble paintings, traditional and contemporary Native American art including Oscar Howe paintings, Marghab Linens, fine art prints from the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s in the Cockerline Collection, as well as from the museum’s wide connections to emerging and internationally known artists and traveling exhibitions.

The museum has more than 7,000 objects in its collection including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, textiles and ceramics. The Museum Store features jewelry, pottery and original works of art by local and regional artists in addition to books on South Dakota history and culture.

The South Dakota Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). This accreditation recognizes the museum's commitment and demonstration of the highest professional standards for education, public service and collections care. The museum is consistently recognized for the quality of its exhibitions and educational programs, including being named annually as one of the top 25 museums and galleries in the U.S. in 2017-2021 by the American Art Awards (and top 20 in 2022).

Vision

The South Dakota Art Museum serves the diverse peoples and communities of the state and its visitors as South Dakota's premier visual arts resource.

Approved by the South Dakota Art Museum Advisory Board, Dec. 9, 2021.

Mission

To inspire creativity, connect people and enrich lives through art.

Approved by the South Dakota Art Museum Advisory Board, Dec. 9, 2021.