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Robert L. Penn

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Box 1

PRINTED MATERIALS

Articles and Press Releases Concerning Penn’s Passing (photocopies)

“Renowned SD Native American Artist Robert Penn Dies at 53,” Press Release from University of South Dakota, 9 February 1999 (2 copies)

“Acclaimed Contemporary American Indian Artist Robert Penn Dies,” Argus Leader, 10 February 1999

“Renowned Artist Robert Penn Dies; Funeral Saturday,” Plain Talk, 12 February 1999

“Indian Painter Robert Penn, an Omaha Native, Dies at 53,” Omaha World-Herald, 13 February 1999

“Painter Robert Penn, Omaha Native, Dies at 53,” Omaha World-Herald, 13 February 1999

“South Dakota Artist Robert Penn Dies at 53,” Volante, 17 February 1999

“American Indian Artist Robert Penn Dead at 53, ”Indian Country Today, 22 February – 1 March 1999

“Renowned SD Native American Artist Robert Penn Dies,” The South Dakotan, 1 March 1999

“An Indian, an Artist: Robert Penn Proved to Be Unique in Both Those Roles,” Rapid City Journal, 7 March 1999

“His Art Gave His Life Definition and Meaning,” South Dakota Hall of Fame, Fall 1998

Articles and Press Release Concerning Penn’s Retrospective (photocopies)

“Retrospective Marks Homecoming for Artist, USD Grad Robert Penn,” Press Release from the University of South Dakota, 24 May 1993

“Penn Talks through His Art,” Argus Leader, 27 May 1993

“Penn Retrospective Opens,” Aviso, 2 June 1993

“Robert Penn Retrospective Exhibit Opens,” Plain Talk, 11 June 1993

“Retrospective Marks Homecoming for Artist, USD Grad, Robert Penn,” Plain Talk (?), 1993 (?)

“Exhibition Will Reunite Artist with University,” Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan, 1993 (?)

“Sioux Indian Museum Opens Penn Retrospective,” Rapid City Journal, 3 April 1994

“Robert Penn Retrospective,” Unknown, No Date

Untitled, Press Release by John A. Day at the University of South Dakota, n.d.

Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles and Press Releases (photocopies)

“Totality of Native American Experience Is Reflected in Contemporary Indian Art,” Volante, 14 November 1972

“Robert Penn,” USD Medicine, September, 1975

“Medical Artist Applies Modern Technic to Ancient Art From” USD Medicine, April 1976

Untitled, The Sioux City Sunday Journal, 28 December 1969

“Contemporary Plains Indian Art on Display at the Natural History Museum and Aquarium, Golden Gate Park,” from the California Academy of Sciences, 10 January 1984

“Indian Artist at Knife River,” Beulah Beacon, 13 September 1984

“Indian Artist Gives Workshop,” The Hazen Star, 13 September 1984

“Visiting Artist,” San Marcos Courier, 13 April 1988

“Visiting Sioux Artist Robert L. Penn,” Canyon Shopper, 15 June 1988

“Noted Sioux Artist Offers 6 Day Show,” Red Rock News, 15 June 1988

“Library Observes Special Week,” Plain Talk, 11 April 1989

“Cultural Fanfare,” Plain Talk, 13 April 1989

“A Vision Shared: Art Intervenes in Penn’s Troubled Life,” Argus Leader, 28 September 1990

“Exhibits of Indian Artwork to Fill Galleries,” Argus Leader, 26 May 1991

“Bicultural Life Shapes Art,” Rapid City Journal, 23 June 1991

“Oscar Howe Institute Teaches Young Native American Artists,” Plain Talk, 27 June 1991

“Ten Participate in Oscar Howe Art Institute,” Aviso, 17 July 1991

“Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute Reinstated,” The South Dakotan, July 1991

“New Tribal Arts Display Worth Seeing,” Argus Leader, 16 August 1991

“Penn to Receive Governor’s Award,” Plain Talk, 30 January 1992

“Oscar Howe Institute Gives Artists Opportunity,” Plain Talk, 9 July 1992

“Artist, USD Graduate Robert Penn Masters His Creativity,” Press Release from the University of South Dakota, 17 June 1993

“Penn’s Art Conveys Old Ways,” Indian Country Today, 30 June 1993

“Penning Art: Oscar Howe Protegé [sic] Masters His Creativity,” The South Dakotan, July 1993

“USD Graduate Recalls Woodstock As Pinnacle of ‘60s Thought,” Press Release from University of South Dakota, 1 August 1994

“Bob Penn – Old West Trail Show,” Press Release from University of South Dakota, 12 August 1994

“USD Native American Artists Part of French Cultural Exchange,” Press Release from the University of South Dakota, 16 March 1995

“Artistically Speaking: Robert, Alta Penn Hold First Joint Exhibit at MMC,” Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan, 4 November 1995

“Native American Awareness Days Scheduled March 25-31,” Aviso, 20 March 1996

“Hall of Fame Pays Tribute” and “Robert Penn, Emerging from the Shadow of Oscar Howe,” Chamberlain-Oacoma Register, 1 October 1998

“New Artwork on Display at Center,” Unknown, No Date

“Paintings Featured,” Unknown, No Date

“Photo Feature: Contemporary ‘Traditional Style’ Lakota Dancers,’” Unknown, No Date

“The World of Robert Penn,” Unknown, No Date [not found 8 August 2010]

Periodicals with Articles on Penn (photocopies)

“Vitae: Robert Penn,” Minnesota Monthly, March 1991

“South Dakota Artists: Bob Penn, Painter,” South Dakota Magazine, July/August 1991

“1992 Governor’s Awards in the Arts: Robert Penn & Brother C.M. Simon, S.J.,” The Bulletin (Institute of American Indian Studies, University of South Dakota), August 1992

“Governor’s Awards in the Arts,” South Dakota Arts Council, Fiscal Year 1992, 1 July 1991-30 June 1992

“Vermillion Artist Wins Creative Achievement Award,” The Arts, Summer 1992

“Classic Contemporary Native American Art,” Women’s Edition, The Magazine for Metropolitan Women, April 1994

“The Journey of Robert Penn,” Signals, July/August 1994

“Tribe Sends Representatives to Recognize LaFlesche & Penn,” Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Annual Report 1994, January 1995

Periodicals with Penn Art (photocopies)

Program Guide: Public Television and Radio in South Dakota, May 1983

Program Guide: Public Television and Radio for South Dakota, February 1990 (on back cover)

Arts, October 1992

Miscellaneous Periodical (photocopies)

NEBRASKAland Magazine, January/February 1984

Programs with Penn Cover Art (some are photocopies)

Upward Bound ’67, 1967

The Eighth Annual National Indian and Alaska Native Health Conference, 27-30 October 1986

Native American Books for USD Book & Supply, May 1988

Resource Packet for the Red School House, n.d.

Heart of the Earth Contest Pow Wow, 25-27 May 1990

Heart of the Earth Contest Pow Wow, 22-24 February 1991

Heart of the Earth Survival School’s 7th Annual Contest Pow Wow, 27-29 March 1992

Heart of the Earth Survival School & American Indian OIC 8th Annual Contest Pow Wow, 26-28 February 1993

Miscellaneous Programs (some are photocopies)

Altadena de la Cruz Penn: Works on Paper and Nancy Losacker: Sculpture, Coyote Student Center Art Gallery at the University of South Dakota, 3 April 1989 – 5 May 1989

The 17th Annual Cultural Awareness Days and Wacipi, University of South Dakota, 6-9 April 1989

Northern Plains Tribal Arts, Sioux Falls, S.D., 28-30 September 1990

1992 Governor’s Awards in the Arts, Pierre, S.D., 13 February 1992

Visions of the People: A Pictorial History of Plains Indian Life, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 11 October 1992 – 3 January 1993

Oscar Howe Native American Art Institute, University of South Dakota, 14-26 June 1998

Robert Penn & His Art: A Slide Lecture by Alta Penn, University of South Dakota, 26 June 1998 (2 copies)

1998 South Dakota Hall of Fame Honor Ceremonies, Mitchell, S.D., 25-26 September 1998

The Art of Robert Penn, W.H. Over Museum, University of South Dakota, 1998 (2 copies)

Oscar Howe Native American Summer Art Institute, University of South Dakota, 13-25 June 1999 (2 copies)

Tribute to Robert Penn by Dean John Day and Patricia Kelly, University of South Dakota, 26 March 1999

Exhibition Announcements (some are photocopies)

Announcement for Robert Penn Exhibition at Sioux Indian Museum and Crafts Center (Rapid City, S.D), 23 June 1974 – 27 September 1974

Invitation to the Exhibition “Homecomings: Native American Artists,” at North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, N.D.),10 October 1985

Announcement for Robert Penn Exhibition at Sioux Falls College, 14 October 1991

Announcement for Robert Penn Exhibition at Dahl Central Gallery (Rapid City, S.D.), 1 June 1991

Announcement for Robert Penn Retrospective at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts (University of South Dakota), 1 June 1993 – 25 June 1993

Announcement for Robert Penn Exhibition “Shades of Evolution” at First People’s Gallery (Minneapolis, M.N), 23 October 1993 (2 copies)

Announcement for Robert Penn Exhibition “Transcending Both Worlds” at American Indian Contemporary Arts (San Francisco, Ca.), 7 October 1994 (2 copies)

Traveling Exhibition Catalogue (photocopies)

Vision of Hope: A Traveling Sioux Art Show in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre

Art Catalogue (photocopies)

Indigena Fine Art Publishers, Ltd.

Book Excerpts (photocopies)

“Robert Penn: Art and Self” from The American Indian Speaks (1969) edited by John R. Milton

“Robert Penn” from Who’s Who among the Sioux (1988) by T. Emogene Paulson and Lloyd R. Moses

“Contemporary or Modern Sioux Arts” from An Illustrated History of Arts in South Dakota (1989) by Arthur Amiotte

Calendars Featuring Penn’s Work (photocopies)

Sioux Art Calendar 1989

Sioux Art Calendar 1990

Sioux Art Calendar 1991

A Catholic Charities 1992 Calendar

Rosebud Reservation 1994 Calendar

Posters (photocopies)

The 22nd Annual Pow Wow presented by the Tiospaye Council, 9 &10, April 1994

The 24th Annual USD Wacipi, 30 & 31 March 1996

 

Box 2

TYPESCRIPTS

Biographical Typescripts (photocopies)

“Robert Penn,” Unknown Author, n.d.

“Robert Penn,” Unknown Author, n.d.

“Robert L. Penn (Wicahpi) – Sioux Artist,” Unknown Author, n.d.

“Robert Penn,” Unknown Author, n.d.

“Robert Penn, Prairie Edge, Rapid City, S.D., n.d.

Typescripts Concerning the Life and Work of Penn (photocopies)

“Robert Penn: A Short Biography by Wayne S. Knutson,” draft to the biography in Robert Penn Retrospective, organized by the University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota)

“Introduction,” draft by John A. Day to the introduction in Robert Penn Retrospective

“Lakota Painter: Robert Penn,” Unknown Author, n.d.

“The World of Robert Penn,” by Frederick J. Dockstader, n.d.

“The Circle of Generations: Robert Penn (Oscar Howe to Robert Penn to Quanah Penn & Others)” by Patty Kelley, April 1998 (2 copies)

“Penn, Jr., Robert: Bobby Penn, Best of the Plains,” by Bruce Hope, December 2001

Typescripts Concerning Robert Penn’s Passing (some are photocopies)

Robert Lee Penn Eulogy by John A. Day, 13 February 1999

Funeral Service Program for Robert Lee Penn, 13 February 1999 (2 copies)

27th Annual University of South Dakota Wacipi: Honoring Our Elders (Tankaka Oyate ki wicagluonihanpi) 27-28 March 1999 (2 copies)

Poetry by Robert Penn (photocopies)

“Bobby’s Prayer (Wicahpi)” (2 copies), ca. late 1997

“Hunters,” n.d.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Incoming (photocopies)

Tom Westhoven (St. Joseph’s Indian School)

9 February 1989

Charles D. Swick (Coordinator, Oscar Howe Art Contest and Exhibit)

5 April 1989

Pat Cook (Vermillion High School)

24 April 1989

Evan M. Maurer (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

30 January 1992

Evan M. Maurer (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

4 March 1992

David B. Waine (Indigena Fine Art Publishers, Ltd.)

25 May 1993

Lisa M. Bellanger (Heart of the Earth Survival School),

n.d.

Other (photocopies)

From Alta Penn to Rick Geyerman

10 June 1992

 

EPHEMERA

Note Cards (2) (photocopies)

Unidentified Woodcut (photocopy)

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Robert Penn’s Business Cards (2) (photocopy)

Notes for Media Relations file (photocopies)

 

MEDIA

Gold CD’s

Interview on Oscar Howe, Interviewing Robert Penn by KRSW Radio Worthington, MN on 21 April 1989 and Interview of Robert Penn with Jody Ahern, of the Minnesota Monthly on December 1990. Digital copy of audio cassette tape June 2006.

Interview at Skye Housers at Rosebud on Saturday, 26 August 1986. Digital copy of audio cassette tape June 2006.

Photograph of Robert Penn with chin resting on fist with buffalo skull and crow painting in background, photo by Don Doll, S.J., 1993, copyrighted work. Digital copy created by Microtek Scanner 18 May 2007.

Gold DVD’s

Humanics Lecture and Dedication of Robert Penn Mural, Springfield College, Springfield MA(?), Martin Dossick and Mark St. Pierre, 1 May 1995. Digital copy of VHS video cassette tape.

Interview with Robert Penn, KSFY-TV Positively Dakota, 3 November 1995. Digital copy of VHS video cassette tape.

Interview with participates of the Oscar Howe Summer Institute [OHSI], KSFY-TV, 28 June 1996. Digital copy of VHS video cassette tape.

 

Box 3

PHOTOGRAPHS

Black and White

Robert Penn with unidentified painting, Coyote Student Center Art Show, 30 September 1983

Robert Penn at the USD Tiospaye Student Council Wacipi, 1989 (2 copies)

Robert Penn at his retrospective, June 1993, Photo by Steve Lang (2 copies)

Robert Penn and Lakotah, June 1993

Robert Penn and The Sisters, June 1993, Photo by Steve Lang

Robert Penn with self portrait Waiting for You to Go Away, June 1993, Photo by Steve Lang

Robert Penn Describes Aspect of The Hide Painter, a Tribute to Oscar Howe, June 1993, Photo by Steve Lang

Eagle Staff, 1989 (Collection of Dale and Barbara Clement, Rapid City)

Robert Penn works under tutelage of Oscar Howe, Photo by Maxine Burnett (Sioux City Journal, 28 December 1969), Photo Is Printed Backwards

RESTRICTED Black and White

Robert Penn with students at Oscar Howe Institute

 

Box 4

PHOTOGRAPHS

Color

Robert Penn in studio with paintings, September 1994, Photo by Steven Lang

Robert Penn with five unidentified individuals

Gerald Ford at Native American Cultural Center, ca. 1998

RESTRICTED Color

Robert Penn with students at Oscar Howe Institute undated (21)

 

 

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