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Posted on: May 21, 2019

Corn Palace Mural Designs for 2020

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(Mitchell, S.D.) - The World’s Only Corn Palace along with Dakota Wesleyan University and its digital media and design department are proud to announce they have finalized the creation of the 2020 murals for the World’s Only Corn Palace.

The 2020 theme is “South Dakota Homegrown” and includes pictures of people and events associated with South Dakota. “What better place to showcase our state than on the World’s Only Corn Palace” Scott Schmidt, Director of the Corn Palace, states.

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 second year that a DWU class has been requested to take on the project. Kyle Herges, associate professor of digital media and design at DWU, looks at it as an opportunity for his students to gain real-world experience for a project that is truly unique.  

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.

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