Dan Dakotas will be the featured artist at the John Steuart Curry Boyhood Home and Museum at Old Jefferson Town from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in Oskaloosa. Dan is an active artist and arts educator. He has presented work in juried shows in the U.S., China, and Paraguay, as well as one-man shows at Avila University, Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, Emporia, Kansas Arts Council Gallery and the Patron’s Galleries of Shawnee Mission West and North high schools.
Dakotas has received numerous awards for his photography and jewelry. Five photographs were included in the book “A Heartland Portrait.” One of his photographs was included in a Texas Photographic Society exhibit which toured for the past two years. In addition, another photograph was included in the most recent edition of “Alternative Photography” by Christopher James.
Dakotas taught secondary art for 36 years. During that time, he also taught as a guest artist/adjunct faculty for Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University, Baker University, Ottawa University and the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI). He currently continues as adjunct faculty for Baker University and the KCAI. He volunteer teaches art at the Lansing Correctional Facility and Cristo Rey High School. As an art educator, he has been recognized as an Outstanding Overall Art Educator and Outstanding Secondary Art Educator by the Kansas Art Education Association.
The National Art Education Association recognized Dakotas as a Kansas Art Educator in 1995. He was the recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching” award for the greater Kansas City area. In 1996, he was recognized as a State of Kansas Governor’s Artist. In 2004, he received the Rauschenberg Award for his work with special needs students. He has served on National Endowment of the Arts grant review panels.
Dan uses his camera as a paint brush to visually express how he sees the world. Using alternative photography gives him the ability to push photography beyond traditional prints. Many of his images are printed on watercolor paper, which allows him to use watercolors and other media to enhance and embellish the image.
American Legion Post 41 will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie, followed by the monthly meeting of American Legion Riders.
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