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 Della Blanche Vik  (1889 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: South Dakota/Iowa      Known for: landscape, sculptor

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Della (Delia) Vik was born October 9, 1889, in River Sioux, Iowa, growing up in southwestern Iowa. She worked as a photographer, helping her husband, Ole Anders Vik, whom she married in 1909, run his portrait and landscape photography business in Sturgis, South Dakota. They later moved to Rapid City, in 1924, until they retired in 1945. During that time she painted oils, making pastel and pen and ink drawings of landscapes, buildings, and other Black Hills subjects. Vik was basically self-taught, though she briefly studied in 1938, when she was nearly fifty years old, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with Henry Varnum Poor and Boardman Robinson. Interestingly, Vik acted as "official" photographer for President Calvin Coolidge and his wife in 1927 when they visited South Dakota.

During the 1930s, Vik won awards at the state fair and other South Dakota exhibitions. In 1934 she exhibited The Pioneer and An American Boy in the Joslyn Memorial Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, five-state show. In 1934, her South Dakota Badlands represented the state at the National Exhibition of American Art, Rockefeller Center, New York. The Surbeck Center of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, gave Vik a one-person show in 1971. In 1974, she showed Old Mining Town at the South Dakota Memorial Art Center, Brookings, in their Art of South Dakota exhibition.

Vik's work is in the collections of the Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota; South Dakota Memorial Art Center; and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Delia Vik died November 30, 1986, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Reference sources pertaining to Delia Vik's life and art include: Petteys; Dawdy 2; Stuart, Index of South Dakota Artists; Stuart, Art of South Dakota; Rapid City Journal, 2 Dec 1986; US Census 1900, Pottawatomie County, IA, ED 136, pg 1; US Census 1910, Mead County, SD, ED 68, pg 22; Rapid City Directory; D. Vik, 1974; E. M. Parkinson, 1990; C. B. Lobdell, 1990.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "An Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"

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