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Gustaf Oscar Dalstrom

Dalstrom was born January 18, 1893 in Gotland, Sweden. In 1901, he came with his parents to the United States and studied art at The Art Institute of Chicago where two of his well known teachers were George Bellows and Randall Davey. Dalstrom received awards including the Logan Award and Gold Medal from The Art Institute and the Gold Medal Award from the Chicago Society of Artists. Dalstrom was a New Deal artist painting many murals for schools, hospitals and other public buildings. He painted the mural in the Gillespie, Illinois post office. He was also the supervisor of the Mural Unit for the Illinois Art Project. He completed murals in three Chicago schools. In addition, he was on the staff of the Field Museum where he painted diorama backgrounds for the American Indian section. Dalstrom worked in oils, watercolor and graphics and his works were represented in international, national and regional exhibitions. He painted in Sweden, France, Italy, Germany and the United States. His wife, Frances M. Foy was also a New Deal artist. His murals at the Green Bay Road School (now District 112 Administrative Offices) depict children playing in the fields of flowers with animals as a border. Dalstrom died May 1971 in Chicago, IL.