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Elmer E. Young  (1892-1982)


Elmer Young was born in Idaho and he and his parents moved to Salem, Oregon, in 1912.  As a young man, he came to the attention of Oregon painters and those interested in the arts when he entered a painting in the 1912 Oregon State Fair.  


In 1914 he left Salem for Chicago and spent four years at the Art Institute of Chicago.   After that he moved to Minneapolis to teach at the University of Minnesota, returning to Salem each summer, when he would enter the Oregon State Fair.  For 20 years he taught painting and drawing at the School of Architecture; he then transferred to the Art Department, where he taught for another 18 years.  


Young was a member of the American Watercolor Society and studied under Arthur Leighton Guptill.  He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Minnesota State Fair, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Hallie Brown Ford Gallery, and Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.  

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