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Bison, Central Plains

Shipshee, Louis

Oil painting of bison by Louis ShipShee, a Potawatomi Indian chief and artist. ShipShee was born August 11, 1896, on the Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, Jackson County, Kansas. He was a self-taught artist, know throughout the United States and Europe. He was an instructor at Haskell Indian College from 1932 to 1938, and lived in Topeka from 1952 until his death on June 17, 1975. Provenance of the painting suggests that it was given to Alf Landon by the artist.

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Maude Josephine Mitchell

This black and white photograph shows artist Maude Josephine Mitchell, (1875-1957), standing before a painting in her upstairs studio at the family farm. The painting depicts the family homestead, "Big Four Ranch", located three miles east of Wabaunsee in Wabaunsee County, Kansas. Her father Captain William E. Mitchell built the home in 1856. He was a member of the Beecher Bible and Rifle Society. The home once served as a safe house for slaves during the Underground Railroad but today it is maintained as a private residence. Maude began formal art training at the New York State Normal College in Buffalo, NY. After graduation she returned to Kansas to teach in the Manhattan area before entering the Columbia University School of Art in New York. In 1900, she graduated from Columbia and continued her studies at the Art Student League in New York City. Maude also spent some time at an art colony in the Catskills concentrating on her technique for landscape painting. Around 1901, Maude was appointed supervisor of art in the Dubuque, Iowa, public school system. A year later she became an art instructor at the Wisconsin State Normal College in Patteville, Wisconsin, where she taught for thirteen years. In the 1920s she returned to Kansas to oversee the family farm. In the 1930s and 1940s, Maude became well known as a Kansas artist for painting the prairie and wheat fields of Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie counties. Her paintings were included in art exhibits in Topeka and in Kansas City. In addition to her painting, Maude played and composed on the piano three songs "Prairie Roads a Windin", "The Dance of Romance" and "Ridin' in the Rain". In her later years Maude designed the gateway for the Wabaunsee Township Cemetery. To her family and friends she was remembered as a wonderful hostess who welcomed everyone with open arms into her home. On October 15, 1957, Maude passed away after a brief illness at the age of eighty-two.

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Kansas Hills

Herschel C. Logan

A black ink on rag paper woodcut showing a house nestled among the hills. The artist said the scene was in the Milford, Kansas area. Kansas Hills was drawn by Herschel C. Logan, who was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri , and shortly after his birth the family moved to Winfield, Kansas. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for one year. Logan was a commercial and advertising artist in Salina, Kansas, until his retirement in 1968. He was a member of the Prairie Print Makers. After retirement, Logan moved to Santa Ana, California.

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