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 Harvey Gregory Prusheck  (1887 - 1940)

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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: mod town-landscape, still life

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Irene Mislej, Director of the Pilonova Galerija Ajdovscina in Slovenia:. She writes:

"I'm sending an accurate biography of Harvey G. Pruschek, a Slovenian by
birth who lived in the States. We just closed an exhibition with his works
at an important gallery in Slovenia. We planned to print an English version
of the catalogue in a couple of months.
Irene Mislej
Pilonova galerija Ajdovscina

1887 March 11 Prusheck is born in the village of Jelovec near Sodrazica. He leaves formal schooling at the age of 13 (at the end of Primary School).
1906 (Zaitz), June 19 He comes to the USA, where his elder sister was living, and works at a Cleveland foundry for some time.
1909 West Virginia, Appalachian Mountains (Beniger), forest, (Zaitz) for some time. Then he goes to Cleveland, later to Elkhart, Indiana (he works for New York Central R.R.). He goes to Bradley, Illinois and works at a furniture factory for eighteen months. A cousin of his was living there.
1911 He visits New York where he enjoys going to exhibitions. He takes up painting as a continuous activity.
1916 He arrives in Chicago, and he joins Jackson Park Art Colony (Kobal, Zaitz). The painter Blanding Sloan advises him not to enroll to school.
1919 He marries May, a Czech painter.
1922 Prusheck sends a painting to the Art Institute of Chicago for the first time. His daughter Marion is born.
1923 June 21 First personal exhibition in his studio, Jackson Park Art Colony
(upon his daughter's first birthday)
A group exhibition at the university (57th Street and Stony Island), "Composition" (Kompozicija) and "Sunset" (Sonãni zahod).
1924 (Zaitz) The painting "Traveler" (Potnik) exhibited in a private collection in Paris
1925 March 31 An exhibition in Chicago (reviews in the catalogue 1927))
1926 October 26 An exhibition at Sophie Cowels's house (reviews in the catalogue 1927, Prosveta)
December 20 26 His first exhibition among the Slovenes in Chicago SNPJ auditorium, SNPJ buys "The Power of Nature" (Moã narave). A Lecture by him accompanies the exhibition.
1927 He lives in Evanston, Illinois (Kobal, Zaitz)
He travels west, New Mexico, Pueblo. An Exhibition in Minnesota
March 15 - 26 His first exhibition in Cleveland, reproduction "Krina gora" (a church near his village in Slovenia) (Sodnikar). After that he travels West.
September 23 - 25 An exhibition in Milwaukee, South Side Turn, Slovene Center (reproduction: "Dreams", Chicago News, Sept. 21, 1927)
1928 (Kobal) He has been exhibiting at the Art Institute for nine years (boycott according to other sources)
An exhibition in Ely, Minnesota, Slovene Home
December 8 10 An exhibition in the Chicago SPNJ auditorium, Chicago (list of exhibited and purchased paintings in Prosveta)
1929 A painting at the Chicago Art Institute (Chicago and Vicinity, February).
He falls injuring his leg.
Two paintings at the State Gallery, Springfield, Illinois, until April 4
May 1 - 15 An exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Institute. (Modernist Art at Institute, Milwaukee Journal, May 3, 1929, also in The Milwaukee Leader)
May 14, Prusheck travels to Europe, visits homeland from June 27 to July 10 1929, then goes to Paris and home.
September An exhibition in Madison, Wisconsin (transferred from the Milwaukee Art Institute)
October 25 Prusheck gives a lecture on Slovenian art in the SNPJ auditorium, Chicago December 6 9. An exhibition in the Slovenian Home, Pittsburgh (a review by Harvey Gaul in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 12, 1929)
1930 February 10 28 An Exhibition at Woman's Aid Club in Chicago (E. Jewett, a translation in Proletarec)
February Exhibition of Chicago and Vicinity, Still Life in Blue wins the Robert R.
Jenkins Award, Chicago Art Institute (Chicago Daily News, Chicago Post Art World).
Prusheck is a member of Milwaukee Art Institute jury.
Frank Kerze suggests founding an art school within SNPJ.
April 11 13 An exhibition in the Slovene Home, Waukegan (the portrait of Ivan Cankar is sold, currently at the National Gallery).
Prusheck sets out on a travel which continues into the following year.
1931 Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, "Houses on the Hill", "Month of May"
An exhibition in Boise, Indiana (House Boise Basin, reproduction in Chicago Evening Post, August 16 (woodcut, "Two Years of Gypsy Life in a Touring Car, From Which He Has Just Returned")
September: He moves to Cleveland
November 18 Opening of the Yugoslav School of Modern Art (in the former Sittar goldsmith's shop within the Slovenian National Home, St. Clair Ave.)
1932 Art Institute of Chicago: Still Life Composition, Landscape Composition (Carr Prize, Milwaukee)
September 2 4 An exhibition in the Slovene Home in Euclid, Ohio
An exhibition of Prusheck's students' works.
December: Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C., two paintings at the group biennial exhibition of contemporary American painting
1933 February 9 - 11 An exhibition of the production of the Yugoslav School of Modern
Art and its teacher and artist H.G. Prusheck, Cleveland
Prosveta, June 16, Prusheck visits Chicago World Exhibition with his family. Then he goes to Wisconsin, Indianapolis
November 25 - 27 An Exhibition in the Slovene Home in Girard, Ohio
Jacobsen Y. edits a book on 52 artists including Prusheck.
1934 March: An exhibition at Studio Bukovnik, Cleveland
Spring exhibition in Cleveland Art Museum (two still-lifes)
June: An exhibition at Milwaukee Art Institute (36 paintings), a painting bought for Milwaukee Art Institute
July-August: An exhibition of the Yugoslav school production at the Cleveland public library.
August 31, Slovene American committee organized by Ivan Jontez for the purchase of a Prusheck painting for Ljubljana. The painting has awarded the Carr Prize by Milwaukee Art Institute and the Cleveland May Show prize.
1935 February: An exhibition of the Yugoslav school production at the public library (Mladinski list)
August: An exhibition in the SNPJ auditorium, Chicago
August: An exhibition in Chisholm, Minnesota, Slovenian Home. He lives in Ely for some time (Matija Pogorelec)
September 27 Opening of a studio in the former Photo Studio Bukovnik. Prusheck exhibits the works he created during his travels in the west, dedicating the exhibition to Ivan Cankar.
1936 May, exhibition of the Yugoslav School, Cleveland Great Lakes Exhibition, Cleveland (June 27 October 4), a painting. In a letter he mentiones that on the 20th. Cleveland Museum's anniversary a painting is going to be donated by his students to the museum.
September 25 27: An Exhibition in the Slovene Home, La Salle, Ohio
1937 January 30 A painting purchased for the Cleveland Museum, "Landscape composition"
March 27 29 An exhibition of his students' works
May 16 23 An exhibition in Prusheck's studio, Cleveland (SNPJ convention), a purchase.
1938 May 20 21 An exhibition of his students' production.
The May Exhibition in Cleveland Museum, three paintings exhibited, one of them "May in Ohiu" (Maj v Ohio) was selected for a travelling exhibition of Cleveland Museum (Prosveta, July 26). Mary Warren Foundation buys the painting City of Cleveland for the museum. Molek mentions on his visit to Cleveland that Prusheck is working on the WPA art program as an instructor.
1939 November 10 12 An exhibition of his students works and handicrafts (Progresivne Slovenke)
1940 June 7 He dies in Cleveland as the principal of Arts & Crafts Building.
November 9 17 Posthumous sales exhibition.

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