South Dakota artist and former USD Dean John A. Day has died at the age of 74. John A. Day is the former Chair of the Department of Art and former Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Day joined the University of South Dakota in 1976 as Chair of the Department of Art and a year later founded the University Art Galleries. The main exhibition gallery of the University Art Galleries in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts is named in his honor. Day's many accomplishments included protecting and enhancing the legacy of South Dakota artist Oscar Howe.