The Northern Galleries mission is to enhance the beauty, educational opportunities and cultural climate of NSU and northeast South Dakota through the presentation of professional art exhibitions.
We maintain an energetic program supported by four main gallery areas:
Isaac Lincoln Gallery
Our main gallery space, the Isaac Lincoln Gallery is the only venue of its kind in northeast South Dakota for the exhibition of nationally or internationally recognized contemporary artists.
Student Center Gallery
This venue usually is dedicated to work done by our students.
This display area usually features semester-long exhibits of guest-artist works or pieces from our permanent collection.
The Northern galleries operate mostly between September and May. The President's Gallery and the Student Center Gallery operate throughout the summer. Though individual gallery hours may vary, generally they are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Northern galleries are free and open to the public.
Student interaction with artwork and artists, through the exhibitions presented in the Northern galleries, is a core element in the curricular programming of the Art Department. This involves critical analysis writing, small group discussion, and interactive dialogue.
Many of the artists also come to campus and work with the students for a week through artist collaborations and technical workshops.