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1988: 50 Works for 50 Years

Madeline Ritz

"Abandoned Wisconsin Cheese Factory"

Madeline Ritz (1903 - 1972) was head of the art department at South Dakota State University from 1945 - 1969. She brought extensive experience to her role, having received her M.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. The Madeline Ritz Memorial Art Scholarship was established for SDSU art students after her passing and the SDSU student art gallery was named in her honor in 1977.

Ritz was an early promoter of the Dunn collection at SDSU and a central figure in fundraising for the museum. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, she gave tours of the Dunn collection then housed in the SDSU Pugsley Student Union and organized the sale of Dunn reproductions. By 1965 proceeds from reproductions sales amounted to $30,000, which went directly to the museum capital campaign. Read more and see photos of Pugsley Student Union's "Dunn galleries."

Ritz’s "Abandoned Wisconsin Cheese Factory" likely dates to the 1940s or 1950s and is one of her strongest known works.

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