Museum seeks art that depicts history history
By Kathy Nelson, Timber Lake Topic
The Timber Lake and Area Museum is looking for artists.
The art project was envisioned years ago by the late Jim Nelson, who suggested a series of paintings and drawings to be hung in the main gallery that would tell the history of the area, especially Dewey and Corson counties, and the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservations.
The project was on the back burner until the spring of 2013 when the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society was awarded a grant from CRST Tribal Ventures, a program funded by the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, Minn.
Part of the grant is $20,000 to pay artists to create original art. The pieces chosen will be digitally scanned and printed on 36-inch x 48-inch canvas banners to be hung from the ceiling in front of the ductwork in the main gallery. There is space for up to 29 panels.
“We know there are many good artists, professional and amateur, out there, a lot of them right here in the local area,” said Kathy Nelson, president of the Timber Lake and Area Historical Society. “We encourage them to participate.”
A list of about 40 suggested themes is available, beginning with the age of dinosaurs and ammonites, followed by the ice age, creation stories, Lakota legends, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, buffalo, the coming of the horse, winter counts, early settlements, ranching, the coming of the railroad and the homesteaders, the founding of Timber Lake, one-room country schools, coal mining at Firesteel, the Depression, World War II, and many more. Other ideas are also welcome.
Artists are asked to apply by May 30, indicating their choice of subject and medium. The deadline for art to be submitted is August 1.
Una Lee Howe of Dupree has been hired as project manager. Other members of the project committee are local historians Faye Longbrake of Eagle Butte, Jack Bickel of Firesteel, and Andy Aberle of Timber Lake; Professor Peter Kilian of the Art Department at Northern State University in Aberdeen; and Kathy Nelson. The committee and the Historical Society board of directors will make the final selections from the art submitted.
“This is a big project for the museum,” Nelson said. “The exhibit will be a wonderful addition and enhance the visitor experience as people will be able to see a visual chronology of our local history all in one place.”
“The project will provide artists an opportunity to show their work, be paid for it, and receive some recognition,” she added.
A brochure will be printed with descriptions of the pieces and brief biographies of the artists.
The Historical Society will retain ownership of the original art but share copyright with the artists.
For more information contact Una Lee Howe at 605-365-5437 or 605-200-2931 or Kathy Nelson at 605-865-3546 or 1-800-664-3546.
Applications will be available on the Museum website: timberlakehistory.org and Facebook page.