USD to host ‘Carl Grupp: The Wonder of Life’ art exhibit

USD to host 'Carl Grupp: The Wonder of Life' art exhibit The University of South Dakota Art Galleries will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of noted South Dakota artist Carl Grupp.

Titled Carl Grupp: The Wonder of Life, the exhibit includes over 60 works created by the artist between 1960 and 2004.

The show is on exhibit in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center Sept. 1-24. A special reception to honor the artist is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Wonder of Life features Grupp�s paintings, drawings and prints and celebrates the artist�s unique creative diversity in subject, media and vision. Recognized for technical excellence, Grupp�s work engages viewers with the artist�s rare gifts of sensitivity to the human condition and an appealing sense of humor.�According to Grupp, his goal is to �make works that make people think, smile and wonder.�

Born in Moorhead, MN, Grupp earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his master of fine arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.�Grupp has been a fixture in the South Dakota art world since joining the art faculty of Augustana College in 1969.

Retiring this past spring after a 35-year teaching career, he was named professor emeritus of art at Augustana.�With over 100 exhibitions to his credit at the local, state, regional, national and international levels, and works in over 20 public and corporate collections, Grupp is recognized as an artistic force in South Dakota. His reputation was further enhanced when he was honored with the South Dakota Governor�s Award for Distinction in creative achievement earlier this year.

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