Middle Border Lecture Series

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Date(s) - 18/11/2013
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dakota Discovery Museum


The Dakota Discovery Museum is pleased to announce the next program in the Middle Border Lecture Series scheduled for November 18 at 7:00 pm.  Lynn Verschoor, Director of the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings will speak on Harvey Dunn: The Man, the Myth & the Character.

Harvey Dunn in his studio

Harvey Dunn in his studio

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 eighteen he enrolled at South Dakota Agricultural College in Brookings. There his art teacher, Miss 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, Delaware 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. The men and women of Dunn’s prairie paintings’, “symbolize the American pioneer spirit: the courage to live each day, the cheerful endurance of hardship and privation, and a hope for a better world tomorrow.”

Lynn VerschoorA Mitchell native, Ms. Verschoor studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, earning her BA in fine arts and teaching from SDSU. She received her MS 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.

Harvey Dunn: The Man, the Myth & the Character is free to the public and will be held on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 PM. at the Dakota Discovery Museum, 1300 McGovern Ave, Mitchell. 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 SD Humanities LogoNational Endowment for the Humanities. For more information call 605-996-2122 or visit www.dakotadiscovery.com.


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