An exhibition organized by Norman Rockwell Museum and South Dakota Art Museum
Sponsored by First Bank & Trust
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
June 24 - September 15, 2016
"The most fruitful and worthwhile thing I have ever done has been to teach." --Harvey Dunn
The Norman Rockwell Museum and the South Dakota Art Museum are honored to present the first major exhibition celebrating the art and legacy of American illustration master, Harvey Dunn. A brilliant and prolific illustrator of America's Golden Age, Dunn was a prodigy of legendary artist Howard Pyle, and an admired teacher in his own right.
Born on a homestead near Manchester, South Dakota, he left the farm to study at the South Dakota Agricultural College and the Art Institute of Chicago before becoming one of Pyle's most accomplished students --along with N.C. Wyeth and Frank E. Schoonover --and eventually opened his own studios in Wilmington, Delaware, and in Leonia and Tenafly, New Jersey. Of his mentor, Dunn said, "Pyle's main purpose was to quicken our souls so that we might render service to the majesty of simple things."
The South Dakota Art Museum houses and cares for the world's largest Harvey Dunn collection.