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 Dolores Gaston Runbeck  (1898 - 1994)

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Lived/Active: Kansas      Known for: floral still life, landscape and religious painting, abstract expression

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Born in Atchison, Kansas in 1898 and died in 1994, Dolores Runbeck was a painter who specialized in floral still lifes, landscapes, religious and symbolic compositions, portraits, and expressionistic abstracts.

She studied at Bethany College, Lindsborg with Birger Sandzén and at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago School of Applied Art, the Art Students League and was a pupil of Arthur Guptill, Frederick Taubes, Harry Sternberg, and Frank Reilly.

She taught at Bethany College from 1926-1929 then established her studio in Lindsborg.
Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery.

Prairie Water Color Painters; Prairie Print Makers Society; Kansas Federation of Art; Lindsborg Artists’ Guild.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948; Arts in Kansas N.P.: American Association of University Women. Kansas Division. 1958; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition (Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942 Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art: The Story of an Art Movement in Kansas. s.l. Mines, 1979.) 1930, 1939-40; Sandzén files; 100 Years of Art
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery:
Dolores Gaston Runbeck

Dolores Gaston Runbeck was born in 1898 at Atchinson, Kansas. She studied painting under Birger Sandzén at Bethany College from the Spring of 1923 to the Spring of 1928. She earned a Bachelor of Painting degree. She also became a colleague of Dr. Sandzén on the Art faculty teaching from 1926 to 1929.

Dolores established her studio in Lindsborg, where she welcomed visitors and painted in watercolors and oils and made lithographs. Her subjects include floral still lifes, landscapes, religious and symbolic compositions, portraits, and expressionistic abstracts. She is especially remembered for her excellent renditions of flowers in watercolors.

Scholastically in addition she undertook studies at The Applied Arts School of Chicago; The Arts Students’ League, New York, and The Chicago Art Institute. Dolores also had master classes with Arthur Guptill, Frederick Taubes, Harry Sternberg and Frank Reilly.

She was a charter member of the Prairie Watercolor Painters – and a member of the Prairie Print Makers Society and the Kansas Federation of Art. Mrs. Runbeck was the first president of the Bethany College Alumni Association; the first woman to be named to the Bethany College Board of Directors; National Alumni president of the Delta Phi Delta Honorary Art Fraternity, and the organizer and first president of the Lindsborg Artists’ Guild.

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