Oil on Canvas
Memorial Union Collection
Stored: Room 435
Chester Fritz Library
Henry J. Tanous, the son of Syrian immigrants, was born in Hettinger, North Dakota. He studied at UND, the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and the Minneapolis Art Institute. In 1939, Tanous moved to California, where he became an animator for Disney Studios.
During the Great Depression, Tanous was hired by the Public Works of Art Project to paint North Dakota subjects, such as the painting on display. The painting depicts three University faculty members, Drs. Gillette, Libby, and Hult.
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