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David Hicks Overmyer: A Kansas Original

This exhibit features art work by Topeka artist David Hicks Overmyer and is a part of the Kansas Sesquicentennial (KS150) events.  David Hicks Overmyer, 1889-1973, was a Topeka, Kansas, native recognized throughout the state for his work as an artist/illustrator/muralist.

The art work, from the Museum's Permanent Collection and several pieces on loan from private individuals, exemplifies the variety of his work throughout his career.  Overmyer received a WPA (Works Progress Administration) grant to create many murals throughout the state. In 1951 he was commissioned to paint eight murals on the ground floor of the Statehouse Rotunda. Each of the murals illustrates key points in Kansas history and deals with the plight of the pioneers and that of Native Americans.

In the early 1950s one of Overmyer's pet projects was the facelift of the Capitol Dome which was at that time a cupola. He took it upon himself to design several different dome designs for the capitol which were both whimsical and dynamic. 

February 5 - May 22, 2011


  • Kansas Arts Commission - Kansas American Masterpieces Grant

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