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Harvey Dunn


PIERRE, S.D. – Harvey Dunn was a famous American painter of western life, war scenes and portraits. The South Dakota native first studied art at State College in Brookings, S.D., before studying at the Art Institute in Chicago.

Dunn was selected as an official American Expeditionary Force artist during World War I. During this time, he painted many war scenes depicting the conflict in Europe. Dunn preferred to paint early South Dakota life, saying, “My search for other horizons led me around to my first.” In 1950, he gave South Dakota a collection of his best works; the paintings are displayed at South Dakota State University.

There is a historical marker in tribute to Dunn, near his homestead, at the intersection of a county road and U.S. Highway 14 at Manchester, S.D.

The Marks of History series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism, designed to highlight historical markers all across South Dakota. Click on the special “Marks of History” link at to access the complete list of articles.

The Marks of History series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota from 2003-2010 and Goal 4 to enhance history and arts as a tool for economic development and cultural tourism in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.


Media Notes: 
Information for this release was obtained from “Brevet’s South Dakota Historical Markers”.
The South Dakota Office of Tourism is not responsible for the text included on these markers. Some of the language used at the time of production may not be appropriate by today’s standards. Please view the markers at your own discretion.