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The steady increase of women’s contribution to the visual arts in South Dakota, especially in recent decades, makes it impossible to celebrate all the individual accomplishments in the space of a chapter. Therefore, the following sections will limit the discourse to a choice of a few significant patterns of contribution to the arts and crafts in South Dakota. To begin, an historical overview of Lakota and European immigrant arts and influence are discussed, including women’s key influences on arts education in the state. Then, the expansion of traditional arts through NEA apprenticeship programming is described through the work of current master-apprentice partnerships. The final section highlights works by contemporary South Dakota women artists blurring the boundaries between fine arts and crafts, both within the context of the Governor’s biennials and beyond state boundaries.
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Cempellin, Leda. “A Perspective on South Dakota Women in Fine and Traditional Arts,” book chapter. Meredith Redlin, Christine Stewart Nunez and Julie M. Barst (Eds.). Action, Influence and Voice: Contemporary South Dakota Women. Brookings,SD: South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, 2015: 69-80.