Artist Dorothy “De” Graham of rural Prophetstown died in 2001, but her art work is preserved in numerous ways, including in a binder of slides which was recently given to the Geneseo Public Library.

Artist Dorothy “De” Graham of rural Prophetstown died in 2001, but her art work is preserved in numerous ways, including in a binder of slides which was recently given to the Geneseo Public Library.

Graham was one of the local artists who were instrumental in the founding of the Geneseo Art League in 1957. She created many wide-ranging rural landscapes and portraits, capturing the American period of 1945-1970. Graham painted in oil, watercolor, and gouache.

When she died, her family donated a number of her color film slides to the

Art League.

“These slides, all of which were apparently taken by or for Dorothy, were most likely made for use in creating her wonderful wide ranging artwork,” Art League member and noted photographer Jerry Hahn, said.

The slides were “rediscovered” in Art League archives in 2016 when the League moved to their present location at 125 North State Street.

League members decided the slides should be offered to the Geneseo Public Library for archiving purposes and wider public access.

“As a League member, I accepted the job of sorting through the slides and selecting those that are most representative of the overall collection, and technically the most useful as film images,” Hahn said. “Soon after, I had a short discussion with library personnel who expressed interest in having the collection and I began work on the project.”

The result is a binder filled with slides and other Dorothy Graham information.

The collection consists of a three-ring binder with 14 archival slide pages containing 246 Kodachrome slides organized into 15 groups. Notations pertinent to each of the 15 groups appear in the upper right corner of each slide page.

“As much information as I could sort out of the many slide magazines and random notes has been included in these ‘corner’ notes,” Hahn said. “A newspaper obituary and extended biography of Graham and a photograph of her and her husband, Dr. Ralph Graham, also is included, along with information about availability of a matted 16 x 20-inch photographic print of one of Graham’s most popular ‘Geneseo’ paintings, available at the Art League Gallery. The painting depicts the annual Father’s Day Parade on State St. in front of the early library.

The slides can be digitally scanned and printed and improved for archiving purposes.

Graham earned degrees from Stephens College, and the University of Iowa, where she studied under Grant Wood.

When she graduated from the University of Iowa in 1942, Graham began to exhibit her work, first at the Davenport Museum of Art, now the Figge Art Museum, in Davenport, and continued to exhibit her work in the Midwest until her death.

Graham received the David Palmer Award and Wagner Printing Company Purchase Award.