Dr. Wharton memorialized in artwork - KOTA Territory News

Dr. Wharton memorialized in artwork


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology art students unveiled a tribute to the school's late president Dr. Robert Wharton.

Measuring 8 feet by 10 feet, the charcoal drawing now hangs in the east stairwell of the Classroom Building on Campus.

Deborah Mitchell, Associate Professor of Humanities and Director of the Apex Gallery, says the students spent about three weeks creating the drawing.

The picture portrays Dr. Wharton scaling Antarctica's glacial peaks in scientific pursuit.

Mitchell says her class took this project very seriously.

"Usually it's a very boisterous class with all kinds of stuff going on but they were very different this time. It was very contemplative and they were really reflecting on this man and what he meant to campus," said Mitchell. She says the portrait serves as a daily inspiration for the students.

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