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This image shows Oscar Howe in his art studio at Dakota Wesleyan University, where he taught art while a student on the G.I. Bill. DWU published this image in its 1950 and 1951 yearbooks. Howe served 3 1/2 years with U.S. Army combat forces in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and married Heidi Hampel, whom he had met in Germany. They had one daughter, Inge Dawn. While in Mitchell, Howe began designing the murals for the Corn Palace. He graduated from DWU with a bachelor’s degree in 1952 and went on to earn his master of fine arts degree at the University of Oklahoma. He was professor and artist in residence at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for 25 years. An award-winning artist of international acclaim, he was featured on the TV program “This is Your Life” in April 1960. Gov. Ralph Herseth named Howe artist laureate of South Dakota on Oct. 10, 1960. A full-blooded Yanktonai Sioux, Howe was born on May 13, 1915, at Joe Creek, a small community on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota. He died on Oct. 7, 1983, at Vermillion. (Photo courtesy of Dakota Wesleyan University Archives)

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