One of my favorite places in Brookings is the South Dakota Art Museum. The best part is that it’s where you can see the largest collection of Harvey Dunn paintings. Dunn, who is Grace Ingalls Dow’s nephew by marriage, was a very famous artist and illustrator. (He even has his own stamp.) His prairie paintings are amazing and even if you’ve seen them online or in books, you really need to see them in person to fully appreciate them. My post last year has more details.
I want to encourage people to visit so I always like to give the exhibit schedule for the year.
Harvey Dunn Exhibit
This year’s Harvey Dunn Exhibit is called “Harvey Dunn: Fences, Cows, Plows & Oxen.” It opened on February 16, 2019 and be open through August 11, 2019. They rotate through which of his paintings they exhibit. This time they’ve chosen paintings that feature fences, cows, plows, and oxen. That describes about half of Dunn’s work in their collection, but these are the highlights.
Vote for a New Print
Another good reason to stop at the art museum is it’s lovely gift shop. One of the things I love are the prints of Dunn’s work. Currently they offer 15 Dunn prints.
They’re about to offer another one and this time YOU can vote for which one you’d like them to do next.
Pssst! I voted for “The Sunlit Hills” which features Hereford cattle. So should you! I must admit some of the others are pretty great, too. — No Herefords though so you know where your loyalty should lie.
The big excitement last year was that they now have a dedicated, free parking lot. It was always available for parking when available, but as it was right next to campus security I think people always felt a little nervous about parking there – I know I did. Now it’s officially and fully available for all museum visitors.
The museum co-sponsors an event at the Ingalls Homestead where registered artists paint over a weekend and then sell their works. It’s been a successful, long term event.
Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint Out, August 9-11, 2019
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