Frank Virgil Dudley [1868-1957]

Frank V. Dudley was born November 14, 1868, in Delavan, Wisconsin. He died on March 5, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois. Known as the “Painter of the Dunes”, Dudley first visited the Indiana Dunes on Lake Michigan in 1912. In 1921 he built a cabin there and was determined to paint full time. He became an agent for the preservation of the area, and, when it was declared a state park in 1923, he arranged with the State of Indiana to keep his cabin in exchange for one painting per year. Frank Dudley exhibited widely throughout his career and won many prizes including two at the Hoosier Salon in 1932 and 1937.