The Cross in the Door II


The Cross in the Door III was born in 1944 at the end of the depression and the war and raised in the rural Midwest; small towns and cities. On the day of my birth the U.S. government declined to aid the Jews in the death camps. On my first birthday the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. All of my forebearers were Swedish immigrants mainly farmers, laborers and small merchants. My father was a rural pastor, a self-taught electrical engineer, and an inveterate experimenter.

I drew much as a child but mostly diagrams, plans, maps and the like. Conventional art, painting and drawing were left for rare school assignments and I never did well with assignments. I received my first encouragement in art from my high school art teacher, Andrew Labarbara. At his urging I entered a newspaper contest, receiving an “honorable mention” with a Bronze Palette which was presented to me at the school’s annual awards day, a first in art for the school.  

At Northwestern Michigan College another encouraging teacher, artist Paul Welch, hired me as his assistant on a very large stained glass commission he had undertaken. After my time in the army and Viet Nam (where I and another artist were charged with putting the battalion herald on all the company file folders with stencils and markers), I entered the BFA program at the University of Minnesota in printmaking. I worked closely with printmakers Karl E. Bethke and Zig Priede, and painters Peter Busa, Hank Rowan, and Raymond Hendler. I studied art history under Melvin Waldfogel, Norman Cannedy, and Sidney Simon. Continuing in printmaking in the MFA program at the same university I also studied with printmaker Malcolm H. Myers, my advisor. All of these teachers and artists left their mark on my work. 

After several years of college teaching, when things were going well, I resigned to work as an artist but was soon overwhelmed by heavy seas in the form of extreme circumstances which made it impossible to pursue a career. The severe distress took a toll on my health though I continued to paint with difficulty until the mid-nineties when eventually the motive to paint fell away.  

Having converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church and the opportunity presenting itself, I took up the study and practice of icon painting in the Byzantine-Russian tradition which I pursued for several years. I learned a greatg deal but despite having all the requisite abilities etc. it never quite fully took for me.  I was sort of a "place holder" for my other painting. 

Around 2012, finally getting my medications in order and my health issues and other things under control, my painting resumed stronger and better than it was before, giving me a new lease on life and  on my career.

In recent years two other relevant factors have come to light. At age 50 I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and at age 70 with Aspergers Syndrome. Of course, while they explain a lot of things, these have been there all along. These affect my thinking and my functioning in both negative and positive ways. It can't be denied that they have tempered my work in various ways. 

Much credit for my accomplishments is due to the patience, assistance, hard work and encouragement of Marilyn, my wife of fifty two years.  

Resume: (Somewhat in complete. It is hard to get interested in this these days. Read at your own risk.)


Works on Paper and Canvas

Represented by Bilhenry Walker, Eau Claire WI

1972 Master of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1970 Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1965 Associate of Arts, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
1962 diploma, Northport High School, Northport, MI
Grants and Awards
1982 Artist's Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board
1978 Yaddo Fellow, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
1974 Artist's Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
Exhibitions (partial list) Over 30 solo shows and 45 group shows including the following:
1997 Judy's Kitchen, Milwaukee, WI
1997 Bilhenry Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1994-95 C.S. Lewis Conference, Cambridge, England; Biola University, Los Mirandes, CA; Gallery W, Sacramento, CA
1994 Art Festival, Wooddale Church, Minneapolis, MN
1994 Gallery Sotos, Thessaloniki, Greece
1993 Reflections, Kraft Center for the Arts, Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI
1993 Sacred Arts XIV, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (also 1991 and 1992)
1993 St. Martin's Table, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Minnesota State Fair Exhibition, St. Paul, MN (also 1992, 1988, and 1978)
1991-93 CIVA Works on Paper (traveling exhibition)
1991 Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
1990 Forum Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1990 Asbury College, Wilmore, KY (solo)
1988 Alumni Exhibition, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1988 The Art Doctor, Minneapolis, MN (also 1987) (solo)
1984 Greenville College, Greenville, IL (solo)
1984 Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
1984 The Institute for Religion & Democracy, Washington, DC
1984 Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (in collaboration with Paul Lidstrom)
1984 Garden Court Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1984 Art Center of Minnesota, Crystal Bay, MN (solo)
1982 Contemporary Arts Workshop, Chicago, IL
1982 Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN (solo)
1982 Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1981 Cover, The Minneapolis Poetry Journal, Minneapolis, MN
1981 Westbroadway Gallery, New York, NY (also 1979) (solo)
1981 St. Mary's College, Winona, MN (solo)
1980 United States Embassy, Oslo, Norway
1980 Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY (solo)
1980 5th Avenue Gallery, St. Cloud, MN (solo)
1980 North Park College, Chicago, IL (solo)
1980 Murphy Galleries, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN (solo)
1980 University of Minnesota, Morris, MN (solo)
1979 Normandale Community College, Minneapolis, MN (also 1975) (solo)
1979 Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1979 Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN (solo)
1979 Macalester College, St. Paul, MN (also 1971) (solo)
1979 North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1979 Album Cover, Christopher Berg, Opus One Records, Greenville, ME
1979 Lakewood Community College, Mahtomedi, MN (solo)
1978 Colony Inn, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1977 Southwest State University, Marshall, MN (solo)
1976 Stevens Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1974 Bethel College Gallery, St. Paul, MN (solo)
1972 University Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Teaching Experience (Watercolor, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Etching, Lithography, Art History)
1990-91 Adjunct Faculty, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN
1981 Visiting Assistant Professor, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
1974-80 Assistant Professor, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN; Chair 1979-80; Adjunct Faculty 1982-83
1973-74 Pro. Docent, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1972-73 Instructor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Adjunct Faculty, 1976-78, 1982-83
1970-72 Graduate Assistant in Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1970-72 Graduate Assistant in Art, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN