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Birger Sandzén (1871-1954)

Birger Sandzen was an extraordinary painter, print maker, teacher and art crusader. Born in Blidsberg, Sweden, he studied at several prestigious European universities before coming to the United States at the age of 23 to accept a teaching position at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he taught French, voice, art history, drawing and painting. He traveled frequently to the West and Southwest, painting and teaching. Among his many affiliations, he was an associate member of the early Taos Society of Artists and a charter member of the Prairie Print Makers. Sandzen produced an astonishing number of oils, watercolors and prints, many of which are included in museum and private collections throughout the world. In the early twenties and thirties he exhibited extensively, including two major exhibitions at the Babcock Galleries in New York. His oils were included in traveling exhibitions of American art in Europe and in 1933 his lithographs were exhibited in the Spring and Autumn Salons in Paris. The Birger Sandzen Memorial Museum, located on the campus of Bethany College, was founded in 1957. This beautiful gallery stands today as a tribute to an artist who gave unselfishly of himself with his time and his unique artistic vision.