Category Archives: Dakota Discovery Museum

Dakota Discovery Museum to Host Fourth of July Event

The Dakota Discovery Museum will be the site of good fun and music during their Independence Day Celebration on July 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests will enjoy flavorful ice cream, watermelon and lemonade while listening to the Country and Patriotic tunes of Uncle Roy and Friends, led by Roy King of Armour.  Kids of all ages can take part in fun activities.

Bring your family, set up your lawn chairs or spread out your quilt and relax on the Fourth while you savor the flavor of a unique celebration!  The entertainment is free to the public and is sponsored by Jack’s Sinclair, J-Mart Sinclair and All Star Sinclair Convenience stations.

Admission to the event and museum is FREE. Donations are welcomed to help support the exhibits and programs of the museum. The event will be held at the Dakota Discovery Museum on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus, 1300 McGovern Ave. Mitchell, SD. For more information call 605-996-2122 or visit www.dakotadiscovery.com.

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director

PO Box 1071
1300 McGovern Ave.
Mitchell, SD  57301
605-996-2122

Museum Hosting Open House to Kick Off Membership Drive

The Dakota Discovery Museum invites the community to a free Open House event on Friday, June 27.  The museum, which was founded in 1939, holds a vast collection of historic items, photographic and archival material, as well as nearly 300 original works of art, including the nation’s largest collection of works by SD born illustrator Charles Hargens and the second largest collection of work by Native American artist Oscar Howe.

The museum complex includes the six galleries of the Randall Building and four buildings within the Historic Village.  The galleries of the Randall Building include the Middle Border History Gallery, the Charles Hargens Studio & Gallery, the Oscar Howe Art Gallery, the Case Dakota Gallery and the Terrace and Gates Changing Galleries.  The Historic Village holds the 1886 Italianate Beckwith House, 1885 Territorial School, 1908 Country Church and 1914 Milwaukee Depot.

The museum’s collections and buildings are a great educational resource in the community.  During the past year, over 1000 regional school children have toured the museum learning about the history, art and culture of the upper Great Plains.  Over 6,500 guests from around the nation and the world have toured as well, who are amazed by the quality of the exhibits housed in the museum.

Friday, June 27 from 5 pm to 7 pm will be everyone’s chance to come tour the museum’s exhibits, enjoy “Behind the Scenes” tours of the storage and work areas, and hear about all the exciting programs, classes and preservation work being done at the museum!  Refreshments will be provided.

The Dakota Discovery Museum is located on the campus of the Dakota Wesleyan University at 1300 McGovern Avenue, Mitchell.  For more information on current exhibits and events visit www.dakotadiscovery.com or call 605-996-2122.

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director

PO Box 1071
1300 McGovern Ave.
Mitchell, SD  57301

605-996-2122
www.dakotadiscovery.com
history@dakotadiscovery.com

Dakota Discovery Museum is operated by the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Dakota Discovery Museum to Host Retrospective Exhibit of Work by Robert Freeman

The Battle, Robert Freeman

The Dakota Discovery Museum is pleased to announce its newest exhibit Robert Freeman: A Retrospective, which opens on June 6 with an artist’s reception scheduled from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  Robert Freeman will present a gallery talk at 6:00 pm.

Born on the Rincon Indian Reservation in 1939, Freeman is Hunkpapa Sioux and Luiseno. During his childhood, he lived on the Rincon Reservation in Vallejo, California while spending summers with his grandmother and cousins on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota where he is an enrolled member of that tribe.

Freeman has been an international fine arts artist for over five decades, mastering a variety of styles and mediums.  He has become one of the most accomplished Native American artists to date, having won over 200 awards, producing several public works and exhibiting his work in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums.

Initially a self-taught artist, Freeman first started painting using house paints and Time magazines for reference.

“I started pursuing art in about 1961, and like many other young artists was very impressed by the work of Picasso,” said Freeman.  “I liked cubism and did many cubist paintings and drawings in India ink.”

Freeman also discovered that he liked to experiment with the abstraction and surrealism inherent in figures, finding it challenging to create an image from something else. The work of Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte especially influenced him.

Freeman soon began to incorporate realism in his art, entering many his works in shows.

“I began winning awards,” Freeman said, “but the pieces that were winning were the cubist and surrealistic pen and ink drawings, so I think people have always been drawn to them.”

By 1967, Freeman was working full-time as an artist and in the 1970s began to travel again toSouth Dakotawhere his works were selling well.  During his many trips, he met Native American artist Oscar Howe and learned of other Native American artists such as Robert Penn. Freeman began to bring his unique style to his Native American work, exhibiting his art through the St. Joseph’s Indian School, the Red Cloud Indian School and the Northern Plains Indian Art Show.

Robert Freeman defies categories as an artist as he works in an array of mediums and styles including pencil, pen, ink, acrylic, mixed media, oils, and sculptures of wood, stone, and bronze.  Today, Freeman works extensively from his home in California, continuing to create art, pursuing one of his greatest enjoyments.

Robert Freeman: A Retrospective exemplifies Freeman’s love of surrealism and cubism.  The exhibit will open June 6 and run through August 30.  The artist’s reception the evening of June 6 will be free to the public.

The exhibit and reception are at the DakotaDiscoveryMuseum, 1300 McGovern Ave., Mitchell, SD.  As of June 1, museum hours will be 9 am to 7 pm Mon-Sat and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.  For more information call 605-996-2122 or visit www.dakotadiscovery.com.

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director
PO Box 1071
1300 McGovern Avenue
Mitchell,SD 57301

605-996-2122
www.dakotadiscovery.com

The Dakota Discovery Museum is operated by the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Dakota Discovery Museum to Host Reception for Youth Art Month Participants

Circus Picture by Haesel, 5th Grade 2013 submission

The Dakota Discovery Museum will be hosting a reception for the artists’ featured in the 2014 Youth Art Show on Saturday, March 29 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

The annual Youth Art Show offers South Dakota students the opportunity to show their work in a gallery setting and have it evaluated by professional artists. Works submitted include sculpture, pen and ink, photography, pencil, watercolor and many other media. This year the exhibit features 267 entries from 179 students representing 6South Dakotacommunities. The reception and program is free to the public.  At 1:00 pm, an interactive art project for children will be presented. Professional artists’ evaluations of student work will begin at 2:00 pm.

Admission to the museum for the reception is free. The exhibit and reception is being held at the museum, located on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University at 1300 McGovern Ave., Mitchell. For more information, contact:

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director

1300 McGovern Avenue
PO Box 1071
Mitchell,SD 57301

605-996-2122
www.dakotadiscovery.com

The Dakota Discovery Museum is operated by the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.