The Aktá Lakota Museum announces the addition of John Rychtarik to our Collections Advisory Committee.  John brings a profound love for the arts and its importance within our communities. Growing up surrounded by the arts, he developed a strong connection to artistic expression.

A native of South Dakota, Rychtarik obtained his bachelor’s degree in art education from Northern State University in 1969. With a career spanning from 1978 to 2013 in the museum sector, he retired as the Curator of Exhibits at the South Dakota Art Museum. His expertise includes gallery operations, curation, and installation. He remains actively involved in community arts through his work with the South Dakota Art Museum Guild.

John’s dedication to educational excellence and extensive academic background make him a valuable asset to our committee.

Dixie Thompson, Museum Director said, “We are delighted to have John on our committee. His experience and education in the art and museum industry will be a great asset in ensuring and strengthening the collection of the Aktá Lakota Museum.”

About the Aktá Lakota Museum
The Aktá Lakota Museum & Cultural Center opened in 1991 on the campus of St. Joseph’s Indian School. Named “Aktá Lakota,” meaning “to honor the people,” because the museum honors and preserves the rich culture of the Lakota people, the students at St. Joseph’s Indian School, and the thousands who visit the museum each year.