Dakota Discovery Museum Exhibiting Seldom Seen Harvey Dunn Painting

The Dakota Discovery Museum will have on special exhibition the oil painting Prairie Farmer’s Wife by Harvey Dunn. Received on loan from the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, Prairie Farmer’s Wife will be on exhibit in the Leland and Josephine Case Art Gallery.

Completed in 1938, the painting is one of Dunn’s prairie themed works executed in the rich and vibrant colors that his work is so well known for.  The painting depicts a young woman, accompanied by the farm’s dog, walking down into a draw to collect a cow and calf.  The striking sky overhead is full of heavy clouds which cast deep shadows over the little homestead below.

The Dakota Discovery Museum had recently shipped its Harvey Dunn painting Dakota Woman to Canyon, TX to participate in a special exhibit at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.  “We felt this was the perfect opportunity to provide our guests from the Mitchell area and beyond the chance to see other examples of Harvey Dunn’s work,” said Lori Holmberg, the museum’s executive director.  “While the subject matter of Prairie Farmer’s Wife is similar to that of Dakota Woman, the execution of the painting is very different, with a darker color palette and slightly less impressionistic technique.”

“What especially caught my interest about this particular work,” said Holmberg, “Was that I had never seen it before.  To my knowledge, it has seldom been reproduced in publications or exhibited. It is a wonderful opportunity for the Dakota Discovery Museum to work with the South Dakota Art Museum and to be able to share this beautiful work with a broader audience.”

Prairie Farmer’s Wife will be on exhibit through July 26, 2014. Current museum hours are 10 am to 4 pm Tues – Friday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sat.  The museum is open by appointment only on Sunday and Monday.  For more information visit www.dakotadiscovery.com or call 605-996-2122.

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director

1300 McGovern Avenue
PO Box 1071
Mitchell,SD 57301


TheDakotaDiscoveryMuseumis operated by the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.