Standing Rock, Oceti Sakowin Camp, October 2016

Short description
Of Land and Dreams is a collaborative mapping project engaging land and community-based artistic practices, with a focus on the land, water and people of the Dakotas.

The Dakotas have become the focus of contemporary debate about land, water and natural resources.

Of Land and Dreams asks you to contribute images, text, sounds, video - anything that expresses a deeply felt connection to the land in the Dakotas and beyond. Contributions posted via our mobile app (see link in right column) will become part of a collaborative mapping in the form of a large digital projection in the Johnson Gallery (NSU) and online. Each tile in the mapping will hold an image, text, or media element contributed to the project - a tapestry to honor and bear witness to an extraordinary land and people.

A free mobile app allows you to post media and geolocate it to your location. Alternatively, you can post media to our FB page and optionally send a GPS coordinate to associate with it (see links to both in right column).

Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD (NSU) and the Johnson Fine Arts Gallery working with media artists Teri Rueb and Alan Price have engaged NSU students, faculty and community members across the Dakotas and beyond to create a collaborative mapping project that focuses on land, water and people in Aberdeen and the Dakotas more broadly.

Media representations of and stories about the land, from the perspective of different cultures and the land itself, are woven into a large-scale projected digital mapping that incorporates moving and still imagery, sound and text which can be uploaded by participants using:

Of Land and Dreams


We encourage participation at any stage of the project, but particularly now, during the exhibition, which runs from April 21-August 22, 2017. All are welcome to participate, regardless of location.

Teri Rueb and Alan Price will be present at the opening reception on April 21 at the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery (JFAC) on the NSU campus, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., and will give a public artist talk the same day from 12:00 - 1:00, also at the JFAC.

Contact Greg Blair or Teri Rueb for more information:

Stills (4) from 24' x 10' projection in gallery

Screen shot from mobile app

Mobile App Instructions


Of Land and Dreams collective: Special thanks to Thomas Bachand for pipeline mappings, Crystal Harper and Jordan Anderson for creative focus and community outreach, Lara Nelson and Gordon Tree Top for guiding the process from the start, Greg Blair, Sara Christensen Blair for curatorial vision and graphic design. Gratia Brown, Gayantha Wickramarathne, Ioana Hojda, Eleni Aman, Donovan Kopetsky, Justice Swift-Red Hawk, Kirsten Krueger, Nicolas Harrison, Nik Aberle, Susie Ewinger, Jen Jewett Martel, Alicia Dohn, Terry Means, Douglas E. Taylor, Kristine Hill, Cindy Kirschman, Rocky Eaton, Samantha Walder, Brooke Whitney, Carol Diaz, JL Menzel, Cricket Cake, Dave Swain, Dawn Menning

Chief curator:
Greg Blair, Johnson Art Gallery, Northern State University

Graphic design:
Sara Christensen-Blair


Northern State University