Harvey Dunn (1884-1952), "After School," 1950

Harvey Dunn (1884-1952), “After School,” 1950. Oil on canvas. South Dakota Art Museum Collection. Gift of Anonymous.

*Please note: the January painting workshop series with illustrator Dan Howe has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Stockbridge, MA, December 22, 2015—As part of its Living Arts History Series, Norman Rockwell Museum will present an evening in the classroom with “illustrator Harvey Dunn,” as portrayed by painter/interpreter Dane Howe, on Saturday, January 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. Dunn was a larger-than-life artist and teacher, known for depicting the harsh realities of World War I and the comforting landscape of the prairie; Howe will share the master illustrator’s philosophy and belief in the benefits of a life in art. Refreshments will follow the program. Admission to the event costs $12 for adults, $5 for children, and $8 for Museum members.

Living Art History Series
Meet the Artists: A First-Person Performance Series

Norman Rockwell Museum presents a special winter series of performances, that explores the lives and experiences of American art masters. Refreshments will follow each program. $12 for adults, $5 for children, and $8 for Museum members. Upcoming events include:

Georgia O’Keeffe: Portrait of the Artist
performed by actress Colleen Webster
Saturday, February 13, 5:30 p.m.

Vincent van Gogh: A Portrait by the Postman Roulin
performed by actor Ted Zalewski
Saturday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.

On view through March 13, 2016
Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students

When illustrator Harvey Dunn died in 1952, his obituary in The New York Times bore the headline “Harvey Dunn, 68, Artist, Teacher.” Known for depicting the harsh realities of World War I combat as well as the healing comfort of life on the prairie, Dunn also served as an important instructor for a number of successful artists.

Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students highlights Dunn’s stunning, painterly illustrations for the prominent periodicals of his day, including Scribner’s, Harper’s, Collier’s Weekly, Century, Outing, and The Saturday Evening Post. It also features powerful works created for the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, in which he recorded the unforgettable realities of war, as well as the artist’s prairie paintings, inspired by his life-long love of South Dakota’s landscape and history. Featuring over 85 paintings, the exhibition also includes original artworks by Dunn’s prodigious students, including Dean Cornwell, Henry C. Pitz, Mead Schaeffer, Harold von Schmidt, Frank Street, Saul Tepper, John Clymer, Lyman Anderson, and James E. Allen, among others.

Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum in collaboration with the South Dakota Art Museum, the exhibition is made possible through generous support from First Bank & Trust.