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Museum to host Dunn talk

Harvey Dunn

Mitchell native Lynn Verschoor, director of the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell. Her presentation is titled “Harvey Dunn: The Man, the Myth & the Character.”

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The Mitchell museum houses one of Dunn’s well-known works, “Dakota Woman.”

Born on a homestead near Manchester, Dakota Territory, in 1884, Dunn traveled widely in his life, but his heart never left the Dakota prairie. At the age of 18 he enrolled at South Dakota Agricultural College in Brookings. There his art teacher, Ada Caldwell, recognized his ability and urged him to attend the Chicago Institute of Art, where he studied for two years. Dunn went on to study in Wilmington, Del., under the foremost illustrator in America at the time, Howard Pyle.

Dunn became known as an illustrator for several well-known magazines. While he never again lived in his home state, Dunn made frequent trips to South Dakota. He stayed with his sister near Manchester, where he sketched the prairie with pastels.

Verschoor studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, and earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and teaching from South Dakota State University. She received her master’s in information media and instructional design from St. Cloud State University. As a working artist, her art has been shown nationwide from New York City to California.

The Lecture Series is presented every other month and features speakers on topics pertaining to the history, art and culture of the Middle Border region. The program is made possible in part by a Speakers Bureau grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Source: Dakota Discovery Museum