Oscar Howe Art Institute begins Sunday June 13 marks the beginning of the 14th annual Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute. The institute runs until June 25 and is based in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on The University of South Dakota's campus in Vermillion. The institute has served over 200 artistically talented American Indian high school students in the past and has many distinguished alumni, including Arthur Amiotte, Don Montileaux, Colleen Cutschall, Herman Red Elk, and the late Robert Penn.
Sixteen Native American high school juniors and seniors were selected to attend this year's institute on full scholarships. Participants are selected based upon artistic talent and an interest in American Indian culture.
The institute's curriculum emphasizes art fundamentals such as drawing, design, and art history. The students' art will be on exhibition and will be available to purchase at a public reception on Friday, June 25 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gallery 110 in the Fine Arts Center.
The Howe Institute concentrates on supervised studio work in the professional facilities at USD. Planned activities include guest lectures, an art mural project, and the opportunity to experience life at USD.
The students have full advantage of university resources during their two-week experience.�They visit the Oscar Howe Gallery, the W.H. Over Museum, and the Institute of American Indian Studies.
Established in 1961, the institute was taught originally by the noted American Indian artist Oscar Howe until the early 1960s. Howe's primary purpose was to provide high quality education for talented Indian artists who aspire to a professional career in art.
The institute's summer art program specifically promotes the integration of traditional tribal culture with contemporary mainstream art.
Gerald Cournoyer, project coordinator and instructor of the Oscar Howe Institute, said, "I try to bring the new techniques I have learned to this institute."