This is a paid piece from the Augustana University Center for Western Studies.

Simplified: The 41st annual Artist of the Plains Art Show later this month will bring together dozens of local and regional artists to showcase a variety of artistic mediums.

Why it matters

  • The show is designed solely to give artists a space to show their work. The Augustana University Center for Western Studies, which oversees the event, takes no commission on any works sold.
  • The show will feature all sorts of different artistic mediums from photography to paintings to ceramics and more. It takes place Oct. 28-30 at the Hilton Garden Inn downtown, and admission is free and open to the public.
  • Over the years, the art show has become a sort of reunion for many of these artists, most of whom are from South Dakota, but the reach extends to North Dakota, Montana and Nebraska.
"What’s special is we continue to have a lot of the same great artists who want to continue coming back because it's such a successful show for them," said Kamryn Miller, education assistant at the Center for Western Studies.

Tell me more about the show itself

The ultimate goal is to highlight artists of the northern plains region, Miller said. There will be 30 regional artists featured.

"It attracts people who love art," said Judy Thompson, a watercolor artist from northern Iowa whose works will be featured in the upcoming show. "And that’s exciting that it's a show that not only celebrates artists but also brings that art to the public."

Artists will also be present alongside their works.

  • This gives people an opportunity to ask questions, make connections and hear about the inspiration for the pieces directly from the source.
"Everyone will talk to you that’s an artist there," said Jerry Fogg, a multi-mixed media artist who will also be featured in the show. "They will explain themselves to you and become your friend if possible."

Works will be available for purchase, and all of the proceeds of the sale go directly back to the artist. That's another unique feature of the Artist of the Plains show, Miller said.

"It’s a chance to actually receive what your wares are worth, and when you do something like that, you always feel like your piece is a winning piece," Fogg said.

What to know before you go

The Artist of the Plains show runs Oct. 28-30 at the Hilton Garden Inn downtown.

Hours are:

  • 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Tickets are free, and the event is open to the public.

See a full list of the artists selected to participate here.