Exhibits at the Center for Western Studies

ESL students from Washington High School at CWS

ESL students from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD, tour the Center for Western Studies in 2013.

The Center for Western Studies hosts 3-4 major art exhibitions in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building every year. The exhibitions feature regional artists and explore themes of importance to the Northern Plains.

Recent shows have featured the whimsical Sioux Falls landscapes of Rodger Ellingson, the vibrant prairie panoramas of Judy Thompson, and Eugene Christopherson’s artistic depictions of the popular television series "Little House on the Prairie." Others have honored Native American reverence for the spirit of Tatanka, seven generations of descendants of Chief Big Foot who was killed at Wounded Knee in 1890, and the patrons who've made five decades of CWS art programming possible.

Learn more about our current exhibition or view our calendar of events to learn about upcoming shows.

The Center also has many historical exhibits on permanent and changing themes. These displays highlight materials from the art, artifact, and archival holdings at CWS which are available to researchers interested in the region. The duration of these exhibits varies, from a few months time to several years, so stop in frequently to see what's new at CWS!