Illinois Artists: Roscoe Misselhor, Helen Hokinson, Edward Kemeys

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Illinois Artists Artists come from all over the world and a few of them are from illinois. Artists can sculpt, draw, paint, carve, or do just about anything. Having an idea of what artists can do might help in understanding what they draw and why. Artists like Roscoe Misselhorn, Trygve Rovelstad, Nate Collier, Hellen Hokinson, and Edward L. Kemeys live in illinois. The artists are very unique in their personality, but in their artwork as well. Even though they do their artwork in illinois, it doesn’t always stay in illinois; they go through the whole U.S. as well.

Roscoe Misselhorn
Roscoe Misselhorn was born in 1902 and as he grew up he drew sketches that became known to thousands of people in the area (Mitchell 154.). In his school
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He sketched a bridge in Chester ten times (Mitchell 154.). For four years he began to sketch trains. In 1949 Roscoe wrote a book called “Sketching in Pencil” (“Roscoe” para.7). Now very known for his art was featured in magazines (“Roscoe” para.7). After that he passed away in the fall of 1997 (“Roscoe” para.8). A foundation in his name kept a collection of his artwork in 1998 of over 2,000 sketches and more. (“Roscoe” para.8)
Trygve Rovelstad As an artist, Trygve Rovelstad started carving with knives (Ermel para.1). After graduating from high school he became an assistant for his studio family (Ermel para.1). As a teenager he was able to convince a guy named Taft that he had the ability to sculpt (Ermel para.1). Rovelstad worked with Taft on a statue called “Fountain of Time” (Ermel para.1). Soon the effects of time were appearing, so they had Rovelstad come and make repairs and final touches (Ermel para.1). Later Rovelstad wanted to create a statue that will commemorate the pioneers who came to illinois (Ermel para.2). The idea of making a statue like this came about by a mayor who thought the statue would be great in honoring the Elgin founder, James T. Gifford (Ermel para.2). Rovelstad expanded the idea; instead of one statue there would be four of them (Ermel para.2). The statue will have gifford, but the four main ones would be the pioneer, a women, a scout, and a pioneer boy (Ermel para.2). The city set a place for the statues to go, but he never had

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