(1887 - 1931)
Milo Bennett Denny was active/lived in Michigan, Indiana, Iowa. Milo Denny is known for landscape painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Born on his father's farm in Waubeek, Linn County, Iowa, on April 5,
1887, Milo Denny was the only child of his parents to survive
birth. In 1905, at age 18, he left Waubeek to enroll in
Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. This private institution is
just southeast of Cedar Rapids and about 20 miles from Waubeek.
Denny went there to study engineering, but soon decided his forte was
art and switched to the Cornell School of Art. He later studied
in Chicago at the Art Institute and in New York at the Art Students
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After finishing his art education, he returned to Waubeek where he
worked as a farm laborer on the farm of his stepfather, Will
Penn. By the time of the 1920 census, Denny had married Alys
Scott, probably around 1912, another Iowa native, and they were living
in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was listed as an artist. He
traveled widely during the 1920's, and, in addition to capturing the
scenes of his childhood in Waubeek, he maintained a summer home in
Saugatuck, Michigan, and often wintered in New Mexico where he painted
with the Taos art colony.
By the time of the next census, in 1930, the artist and his family were
living in Saugatuck, Michigan. That same year many of the
professional artists in that area joined together to form the Saugatuck
Art Association, which opened its own gallery in the upper rooms of the
Saugatuck Village Hall in July of 1931. Milo Denny was one of the
Later that same year he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he and
another artist were hired to paint scenery in a large theatre. On
August 20, 1931, in trying to keep his co-worker from falling from
scaffolding he lost his own balance and fell 60 feet to the floor,
suffering a fractured skull.
Submitted by Edward Bentley, Art Historian, Lansing, Michigan.
Biographical information from the exhibition: "Painting the Town;
A History of Art in Saugatuck and Douglas." The Saugatuck-Douglas
Historical Society, Douglas, Michigan, 1997; the artist's
obituary; and additional information provided by Carol W. Mulder, a
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