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Leland Curtis (1897-1989)
A champion mountaineer and past advisor to the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, Leland Curtis was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1897. At the age of 17, Curtis moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the Manual Arts High School. Having proven himself as an illustrator and outdoorsman, Curtis was the official artist for the United States Antarctica Expeditions of 1939 to 1940 and 1957. His striking paintings from these trips served to earn him national attention.
Most active in Los Angeles, Carson City, Nevada, and Moose, Wyoming, Leland Curtis was a tireless hiker and wilderness explorer whose works from his treks were often reproduced by the Sierra Club. Among his favorite subjects were the Grand Tetons, the High Sierra mountains and lakes, and the deserts due east of them.
Leland Curtis died in Carson City, Nevada, in 1989.
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