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Stunning traditional American Indian artistry are on display in this exhibition of recent donations to the South Dakota Art Museum from Cathy and Ken Vogele.

This first exhibition from the collection focuses on three core object types collected in depth by the Vogeles: moccasins, dolls, and baby carriers. The collection includes both historical and contemporary works made by known and unknown artisans. Some works represent very personal connections between the Vogeles and contemporary artisans they’ve cultivated relationships with. Other works were collected from artisans completely unknown to the Vogeles because of the impressive craftsmanship, uniqueness, or even the authenticity of the wear and aura of a work.

The Vogeles have played an important role in cultivating American Indian arts and crafts in the state. Beyond building a substantial private collection, they have shared the wisdom of their connoisseurship as Board members for the South Dakota Art Museum and Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show. The Vogeles also connected Lakota artisans to good quality materials and sales opportunities through their Sioux Trading Post shops in Rapid City and Mission, SD. Their advocacy for and support of American Indian arts in South Dakota is a legacy that the South Dakota Art Museum is honored to preserve with this collection.

Learn more and plan your visit: https://www.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-art-museum/exhibit/cathy-and-ken-vogele-collection.

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