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Photographer David Barry honored for lifetime achievements

JoAnn Jardine, assistant director of the DCHS and Barb VanRhein, Barry’s grandniece with the award from Museum of Wisconsin Art recognizing David F. Barry’s lifetime of achievement for photography. (Submitted photo)

David F. Barry, famed frontier photographer who spent the last 40 years of his life in Superior, was honored May 24 with a Lifetime Achievement for Visual Arts Award at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wis.

The Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Wisconsin Visual Artists and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters honored 12 individuals or organizations for their contributions to the arts in Wisconsin with a ceremony and reception. The award was accepted by Douglas County Historical Society assistant director, JoAnn Jardine, for David Barry and was accompanied by Barry’s grandniece, Barb Van Rhein of St. Louis, Mo. The award is on permanent display at DCHS, 1101 John Ave., in the Barry photographic exhibit.

David F. Barry (1854-1934) photographed and befriended many of the survivors of the Little Big Horn during the late 1800s. He dedicated his professional life to building a photographic collection of Native Americans and military officers and other famous people of the old West such as Buffalo Bill Cody. He was friends with the Sioux people, the military and many of the citizens of Dakotas. He spent his last 50 years living in Superior where he operated a portrait studio and gallery of photos and artifacts of the Wild West on Tower Avenue.

For information, call JoAnn or Tony at 715-392-8449 for more information.