Artist and longtime BHSU professor dies

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, May 23, 2014/Categories: 2014

           Richard (Dick) DuBois, artist and longtime professor of art at Black Hills State University, died May 21.  

Richard (Dick) DuBois, artist and longtime professor of art at Black Hills State University, died May 21.  

Dick, who began teaching art at BHSU in 1969, officially retired in 2004 although he continued to teach and paint. An accomplished watercolor artist, he taught nearly every art class offered at BHSU and influenced many art students during his tenure at the University.  

A native of the Black Hills, he preferred traditional watercolor as his medium. He was co-founder of the Northern Plains Watercolor Society and served on the board of directors for many years. Along with his studio work, Dick conducted watercolor workshops and was affiliated with many groups, solo exhibitions, juried competitions, and invitational shows. His paintings, many of which depict scenes in the Black Hills as well as other locations in the nation and world, are featured in a number of permanent collections throughout the United States.  

Dick has received numerous awards in his successful career. His most recent awards include the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Award for Liberal Arts Professional in 2004, BHSU Alumni Association Excellence in Education Award in 2005, Spearfish High School Fine Arts Outstanding Alumni Award in 2007, BHSU Outstanding Alumni Award in 2008, the Allied Arts Fund "Heart for the Arts Award" in 2009, and numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Awards in the Northern Plains Watercolor Society Annual Competition.  

Before joining the faculty at BHSU, he taught high school in Rapid City and Lead. He earned his undergraduate degree from BHSU in 1964 and received post-graduate degrees from the University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts.

He created and provided watercolor prints that were used to raise scholarship funds for BHSU students and often donated prints to other fundraising auctions and events. A scholarship fund has been established in his name at BHSU. To make a donation, contact Steve Meeker at 642-6385.

Memorial visitation will be May 28 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City from 5-7 p.m. Memorial service is 1 p.m. May 29 at Calvary Lutheran Church. Reception at 3 p.m. at Colonial House Restaurant.

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