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Tiospaye Topa High School Junior to attend 2021 Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute


Exciting news came to Tiospaye Topa School, Wednesday, April 21! Junior Vetal Frazier, Jr., (Vetal Frazier Sr. and Carolyn Frazier) has been selected to participate in the 2021 Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute (OHSAI) on the University of South Dakota Vermillion campus.

After submitting a portfolio of original art works, three letters of recommendation and completing the other required application items, Vetal received word on Wednesday that he had been selected to participate this summer.

The first Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute was held in the 1960s but only continued for a few years. The new Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute provides an amazing opportunity for 20 students to learn about art as well as Native American culture, history and traditions.

While on the USD campus in Vermillion, Vetal will have access to the University art studios located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Students attending the OHSAI will have the opportunity to work with professional artists such as Bunky Echo-Hawk, Roger Broer, Don Montileaux, and Marwin Begay. Students will complete projects that include painting, photography, printmaking, murals, and exhibition displays. In addition to classes and time to work on art, students will also enjoy field trips to local art museums.

The OHSAI will be held June 6-18, 2021. To conclude the OHSAI there will be an honoring ceremony, a gallery exhibition in the John A. Day Gallery, and an art sale of the works students created at the institute.

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