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Robert Connolly (1918–1995)
What You Take to the Lake . . . Take it Back! 1977
color silkscreen
45.5 x 27.9 cm (17 15/16 x 11 in.)
Minnesota Historical Society
Courtesy of Lake Minnetonka Conservation District

Robert Connolly's Take It Back! was part of a 1977 environmental awareness campaign sponsored by the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District in Minnesota. Connolly also illustrated a whimsical companion booklet designed to educate the public about the sources of water pollution and the response of the state government. It featured a monster living in the lake happily gorging on sewage, fertilizer runoff, phosphorus, and people's garbage.

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Biography of Robert Connolly

Robert Connolly, a Minnesota native, was employed for most of his career as an art director at advertising agencies in Minneapolis. An avid watercolorist, he also served as a president of the Midwest Watercolor Society. Connolly volunteered his creative talents to a number of organizations and causes he supported. His Take It Back! poster was part of a coordinated campaign designed to encourage environmental awareness among school children and recreational patrons of Lake Minnetonka.

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