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The Center for Western Studies

2121 South Summit Avenue
605-274-4007

Mission:

The mission of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College is preserving and interpreting the history and cultures of the Northern Plains.

Vision

Augustana College aspires to become one of America’s premier church-related colleges.


About Us:

Founded by author and Augustana College English Professor Herbert Krause, the Center serves as a repository for over 500 substantive collections and maintains a library in excess of 36,000 volumes on the American West. In addition, the Center holds an extensive art and artifact collection and sponsors annual events such as the Boe Forum, the June Event, the Dakota Conference and the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale. With more than 70 publications to its credit, the Center is a major academic publisher in South Dakota.


Recent News

Exhibition - Essential Ground: From Prairies to Hills

Essential Ground: From Prairies to Hills – The Landscapes of Jan Sohl Jan Sohl is forever becoming a landscape painter. Growing up, she watched her parents and grandparents make things and followed them on their adventures into South Dakota’s…

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Exhibition - 'The Cadence Of Grass': The Encaustic Paintings Of Michael Paul at Madsen/Nelson Galleries

Anyone living in the Northern Plains can sense the movement in the vast, undulating prairie expanse. This living landscape is on full display in the extraordinary encaustic paintings of Sioux Falls artist Michael Paul now featured in The Cadence of…

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Exhibit - Commemorating the Centennial of the National Park Service at Center for Western Studies

Did you know that South Dakota is home to six scenic national parks? In honor of the National Park Service centennial (1916-2016), the Center for Western Studies is proud to present an exhibition of photography exploring the wonder and beauty of the…

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Exhibition - Forbidden Landscapes: The Secrets of Northern Norway

The Center for Western Studies is proud to present "Forbidden Landscapes: The Secrets of Northern Norway," a gallery exhibit featuring the breathtaking images of Norwegian photographer Lars Westvig. Lars is a professor at the University of Nordland…

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South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit

South Dakota 2014 Art Exhibit and Sale: Observing the State's 125th Anniversary The Madsen/Nelson/Elmen galleries of the Center for Western Studies (CWS) will display a juried art exhibit and sale of original works of art by current and past…

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Exhibition - The Art of Cathleen Benberg and Steve Beaubien En Plein Air

The first exhibition in the newly revitalized Madsen, Nelson, and Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building features works by regional artists Cathleen Benberg and Steve Beaubien. Benberg and Beaubien share a unique joy for painting en plein air, or…

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