PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota-born artist Harvey Dunn, a nationally recognized illustrator, teacher, Army artist and painter of the South Dakota prairie, is one of South Dakota’s Great Faces.
Dunn was born near Manchester, S.D., in 1884. Growing up in the middle of the vast prairie, he went to school in a one-room schoolhouse and lived the hard life of a plainsman.
Dunn pursued his interest in art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Dunn then moved to Wilmington, Del. where he studied with noted illustrator Howard Pyle and, in 1906, opened his own studio. In 1914, Dunn moved to Leonia, N.J. to teach and be closer to the New York illustration market.
Dunn served in the Army from 1917-1919 as a war reporter and artist. In 1924, Dunn began a series of paintings now commonly known as the Prairie Pioneer Series. The paintings document his life on the frontier in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of those artworks can be viewed at the South Dakota Art Museum, located on the SDSU campus in Brookings, S.D.
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