50 South Dakota Artists to Watch


50 Artists to Watch is a special project we’re embarking on in celebration of our 50th anniversary at the South Dakota Arts Council. This series of short artist features is intended to share the work of South Dakota artists on a wide platform. It is not intended as a list of top or best artists. It is not presented in any particular order. Featured artists are being selected from nominations sent to us. You can nominate an artist by emailing sdac@state.sd.us. We can’t include them all, but we’ll keep all nominations on a list for future features and blogs.





Roger Broer

Roger Broer has been an artist to watch in South Dakota for decades, and he keeps proving it, year after year, with new work and new accomplishments.

Born in Nebraska, Roger was adopted by German parents. Through the years he knew that art was all he really wanted to do. After his military enlistment from 1964-68, he reconnected with his biological family on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Married in 1970, Roger and Merlene have two adult children and 4 grandchildren. He lives in Hill City.

“I rarely do direct painting due to the fact that it requires a huge investment of time. My attention span is limited. The monotype painting technique is a perfect solution for a person with a short attention span generally and attention deficit disorder to be more specific. I am, thusly, capable of producing a fairly large body of work in a short amount of time. Learn more about Roger Broer by visiting our Blog




NEA - National Endowment for the Arts