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Artist Biography

Dede Farrar, M.F.A.  was born in Omaha, NE in 1963. Her paternal family’s origins go back to the earliest days of Rapid City. Her great grandmother Ursula Cleaver worked as an illustrator for the Denver Post and also painted commissions for W.H. Over, the founder of the first natural history museum in South Dakota. Her grandfather Fred W. Farrar took iconic historical photos of early Rapid City. South Dakota state historical archives contain many references to this family. Dede Farrar was surrounded by artists in her family from her earliest memories. Her grandmother Rose Farrar taught her how to load a paintbrush and her aunt Mary taught her proper care of a brush. Her dad Don Farrar took her to his college art courses and let her build ceramic pots right next to him. These are the reasons she always wanted to be an artist, more than anything else. Making art always seemed so utterly special and beautiful.


The artist earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a field endorsement in art from Chadron State College, 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, 1999.


Farrar has visited Europe several times and has traveled widely, especially in the Western United States. She feels travel is important to her continuing education as an artist and finds travel generally fulfilling and stimulating.

The artist currently resides near Silver City, SD along with her ever faithful companion and muse Tiger, the Catahoula Leopard Dog.

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