Oscar Howe art institute planned Talented young Native American artists will receive a unique learning opportunity through the 1999 Oscar Howe Native American Summer Art Institute, scheduled for June 13-25 at The University of South Dakota Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
According to USD College of Fine Arts Dean John Day, participants work with the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute, attending lectures and selected studio sessions. In addition, the participants are involved in seminar sessions on strategies for teaching art related to Native American culture.
The institute's curriculum emphasizes art fundamental including drawing, design, and art history and provides supervised studies in the areas of painting, sculpture and printmaking.
In addition, up to five high school art teachers will be accepted to participate in a special art education workshop associated with the 1999 Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute. Participants can earn three credits of graduate credit in ARTE 790: Art Education-Teaching Native American Art.
Named in honor of Howe, an internationally acclaimed Indian artist and teacher, the Institute was first offered in the 1960s. Howe's primary purpose in establishing the program was to provide high quality education for talented Indian artists who aspire to a professional career in art. His summer art program specifically promoted the integration of traditional tribal culture with contemporary mainstream art. Some of the alumni of the program have enjoyed unique success in the field of art including Arthur Amiotte, Don Montileaux, Colleen Cutschall, Herman Red Elk and the late Robert Penn.
In the summer of 1991, the College of Fine Arts, the Institute of American Indian Studies, the Upward Bound Program at USD and the Oscar Howe Art Center in Mitchell re-established the Oscar Howe Native American Summer Art Institute.
For more information, contact: John Day, Dean, USD College of Fine Arts, (605) 677-5481.