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All the artworks in this exhibition joined the South Dakota Art Museum’s permanent collection between 2016 and 2021. Although recently acquired their dates of creation range from c. 1899 – 2019. Sources for the acquisitions vary from work to work and include both gifts and works purchased by the museum.

As stewards of the state’s art treasures, the South Dakota Art Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets visual art to provide access and education, and to foster appreciation of the visual arts for the people of South Dakota and its visitors. The museum preserves artworks of aesthetic, cultural, and historical significance to South Dakotans so these artworks will be available for the enjoyment and edification of future as well as current generations. This exhibition features a selection of several artworks recently acquired by the museum.

The South Dakota Art Museum has a rich collecting history, with more than 7,000 objects in its care acquired over the course of its 50-year history. The collection is a living work of art itself—a dynamic and growing network of intersections between objects, people, cultures, places, and time periods. Each artwork’s relevance and significance shift over time; each work informs the others when it joins the collection, creating new relationships and intersections.

The many people that helped create, support, and shape the museum’s collection throughout its history are embodied in it as well. They’re alive in the artworks they helped to preserve for the benefit of the public. We thank them for all they’ve done to help the museum build such an impressive and well-preserved collection.

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