Van Duzee

Kate Van Duzee was born on September 18, 1874, in Dubuque, Iowa, where she spent most of her life except while attending school. She studied at Boston and Ipswich, Massachusetts, Ogunquit, Maine, and Saugatuck, Michigan. She worked with Grant Wood in Stone City, where she won the admiration of Midwestern artists such as Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and Francis Chapin. Van Duzee is most honored and best known as the Foundress of the Dubuque Boys Club, which she helped organize in 1900. She served as the Director and trustee of the organization from 1900 to 1915.

Van Duzee also founded the Dubuque Art Association in 1910 and became the group’s first secretary, and served in that role until 1952. Van Duzee’s art includes charcoal drawings, pencil sketches, oils and watercolor paintings. Van Duzee never exhibited her artwork outside of Iowa, however her friends in the art world have made her better known to gallery goers. Van Duzee rarely worked in color and when she did it was in muted tones. The greatest quality of her work is her self-effacing honesty and realism.

Van Duzee passed away at the age of 87 at Bethany Home in Dubuque. Please enjoy the collection of Van Duzee’s artwork featuring local Dubuque scenes that is now hanging in the Aigler Auditorium on the Third Floor of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. You may also purchase notecard sets or 8 x 10 prints of the copper plate etchings owned by the Library.

View some Kate Van Duzee Work

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