Hillstrom Museum of Art

Gustavus Adolphus College,800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter, MN 56082 - United States



Free Everyday

The Hillstrom Museum of Art features exhibitions (and related public lectures) of contemporary and earlier artworks by artists of regional, national and international renown. This includes exhibits drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, which emphasizes early twentieth-century, mostly figurative, American art.


Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America

Featuring 60 works by 20 prominent Swedish-American artists working in the late 19th and early 20th century, this exhibit at the Hillstrom Museum of Art in St. Peter, Minnesota, explores the democratic arts culture established in the American Midwest by immigrants. These artists took their cue from, and in some cases had their training in, Swedish National Romanticism, a democratic movement that occurred when artists like the young radical Anders Zorn (1860-1920) broke with the academic artistic norms of the time in Sweden and sought a new kind of art that reflected its own time, interpreted native culture and land, and kept regional folk traditions alive.

Organized by the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas, with input from the Hillstrom Museum of Art, Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America comprises works from the two collections. It was previously shown at the Gallery in Lindsborg and after its appearance in Minnesota, where it will be on view from September 13 through November 7, 2021, it will travel to the Swedish American Museum in Chicago (on view January 14 through March 20, 2022). The exhibition is supported by generous grants from the Swedish Council of America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish heritage.

The group of artists represented in Art for All include B.J.O. Nordfeldt (1878-1955), a well-known Modernist recognized for his abstraction, in paintings and prints done in New Mexico and elsewhere in the U.S.; Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), acclaimed for his rugged landscapes of Kansas and the American West painted in his signature impasto style; and John F. Carlson (1875-1947), leader of an influential landscape painting school in the art colony of Woodstock, New York.

Art for All is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue available to visitors to the Museum free of charge. Regular hours for the Hillstrom Museum of Art are weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. As with all programs of the Museum, the exhibit is free and open to the public. For further information, including any added COVID-19 restrictions, see www.gustavus.edu/hillstrom.

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