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Memorable Manitobans: C. Keith Gebhardt (1899-1982)


Born at Cheboygan, Michigan in 1899, he studied at the University of Michigan and the Art School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His first professional appointment was as Principal of the Winnipeg School of Art in 1924. During his years in Winnipeg he exhibited often and was active in the community, particularly in set design for local theatre. He left Winnipeg in 1929 to tour Europe and did not return, going instead to Chicago for graduate work. In 1932 he joined the staff of the Milwaukee Public Museum of Natural History, where he found his true métier producing dioramas, models, and exhibits. He died at Milwaukee in 1982.

See also:

The Winnipeg School of Art: The Early Years by Marilyn Baker (1984).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2020

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