CORN PALACE MURAL DESIGNS FINALIZED IN FIRST YEAR PARTNERSHIP
DWU Digital Media and Design Students Finalize 2019 Corn Palace Murals
“We are excited to see the first year of this partnership with DWU come to fruition in regards to the murals. So much pride was taken in each step of the process for these murals and I believe this was a great partnership for the City, Corn Palace and DWU.” said Scott Schmidt, Director of the World’s Only Corn Palace. “This is a great opportunity, not only for us to share in our community icon with DWU, but a wonderful opportunity for the Corn Palace to help impact local students’ futures as artists.”
Dakota Wesleyan has a rather long history with the famous Corn Palace murals. Oscar Howe, who was an artist-in-residence at DWU in 1948, while also working on his college degree, designed the Corn Palace murals from 1948 to 1971. Howe, who was a Yanktonai Sioux born on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation, graduated from DWU in 1952 and became Artist Laureate of South Dakota. Many of his paintings hang on campus in the Dakota Discovery Museum and one of his murals still adorns the ceiling of the Carnegie Resource Center on Third Avenue while there is also an Oscar Howe Art Gallery on the second floor of the Corn Palace. Later, Cherie Ramsdell, a local artist and former art professor at DWU, took up the mantle and has designed the murals since 2003. From South Dakota seasons to celebrating rodeo and musical performances in Mitchell, Ramsdell designed murals that echoed the community’s greatest events as well as everyday life.
This is the first year that a DWU class has been requested to take on the project but Kyle Herges, associate professor of digital media and design at DWU, saw it as an opportunity for his students to gain real-world experience for a project that is truly unique.
“Partnering with the Corn Palace is an exciting opportunity for the digital media and design program and the community, as well as the students involved,” Herges said. “We are empowering DWU students to think beyond their traditional perspective of art and design. Our students are consistently encouraged to creatively solve problems, collaborate with others, and express themselves in new ways. This project will truly be a transformative and hands-on learning experience for everyone involved. The students are excited for the opportunity to showcase their creativity locally, under the lights of the World’s Only Corn Palace.”
As you will see below The Corn Palace Events and Entertainment Board is proud to display the first year of this partnership mural designs.
Dakota Wesleyan University is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. DWU has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the past five years as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest and was ranked in 2016 as one of the best online bachelor’s programs. DWU also received recognition from Forbes Magazine, Choice Colleges, CEOWORLD Magazine, and was named a Military Friendly® school for 2017. For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University, go to www.dwu.edu.
About the World’s Only Corn Palace
The World’s Only Corn Palace is one of the oldest and most unique sports and entertainment venues in the region. Although during the summer months, the Corn Palace offers free tours led by friendly guides full of "a-maize-ing" facts, like how many nails and staples are used in the decoration process of our annual change of murals, we host a variety of events including concerts, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, bull riding, circus, banquets, graduations and much more. The facility can host up to 3,200 people. For more information, please visit www.cornpalace.com.