Governor’s Mansion tours now featuring art by Harrisburg student

Photo courtesy of Gov. Dennis Daugarrd's Office

PIERRE, S.D. – As the free summer tours at the Governor’s Mansion resume, First Lady Linda Daugaard is featuring Native American art from South Dakota artists, including a new painting by a Harrisburg student.

As of July 12, guests can view the oil painting of a Native American dancer by Mikki Brian, who was this year’s Western Governors’ Association art show winner from South Dakota.

Brian said the piece, titled “Golden Sky,” was inspired by her Lakota culture and her connection to South Dakota. After being on display at the Western Governors’ meeting in Montana last month, the Governor and First Lady brought the piece back to the state for display in the mansion during the month of July.

“Mikki’s painting is just beautiful," Linda said in a press release. "If you haven’t toured the Governor’s Mansion before, I hope you will come see the home and this work of art for yourself.”

The free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion began in June and continue through the end of August.

This year’s tours feature other Native American art by Arthur Amiotte, Don Montileaux and JoAnn Bird, as well as a print of the Dignity sculpture gifted by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere.

The 30-minute tours begin at 1 p.m. CDT and are conducted by volunteers, including the First Lady. Tour groups consist of up to 40 people.

Public tour tickets, at no charge, must be obtained in advance from the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce. Those interested in a tour should call the Chamber at 605-224-7361.