Dudley, Frank Virgil(American, 1868-1957)
Frank Virgil Dudley, born in Delavan, Wisconsin in 1868, trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and won numerous prizes for his paintings—the Young Fortnightly Prize (1907), the Municipal Art League Purchase Prize (1914), the Butler Purchase Prize (1915), the Martin B. Kahn Prize (1919), the Logan Medal and First Prize (1920), Chicago Galleries Association Prizes (1927 and 1930), and four prizes from the Hoosier Salon exhibits for his Indiana Dunes landscape paintings. His legacy surpasses the scope of his paintings; known as the “Painter of the Dunes,” Dudley served as an advocate for the preservation of the Indiana Dunes. Having built a cabin there in 1921, Dudley was permitted by the state to keep his residence in exchange for one painting per year when the Dunes were declared a state park in 1923. In 1940, Dudley was elected president of the Association of Chicago Painters and Sculptors. His works are part of the collections at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Valparaiso University; the Union League Club, the University of Illinois; the Art Associations of Decatur, Illinois and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Works Cited:
Falk, Peter, ed. Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Art in America. Madison: Sound View Press, 1999.

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