C A R L  G R U P P

naer het leven; uyt den gheest  (from the life; from the mind)


​Carl Grupp (b. 1939, Moorhead, MN) has long been recognized as one of South Dakota’s and the region’s most preeminent artists.  He earned a B.F.A. in painting, with a minor in printmaking, from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1964.  In 1965 he traveled through Europe and studied at the Art Student Vrije Academie in The Hague, Netherlands. He went on to earn an M.F.A. with honors in printmaking and a minor in drawing from Indiana University in 1969.  Grupp has participated in over 100 regional, national, and international art exhibitions since 1961, with dozens of one-man shows. His work is represented in significant corporate and private collections.

His exhibition record and accolades would be the envy of any full-time professional artist. Yet Grupp was also a dedicated arts educator.  From 1969 until 2004, Grupp was a professor at Augustana College, where he helped to inspire, develop and guide the careers of several generations of artists who have gone on to be major forces in South Dakota, the greater region, and beyond.  While he was at it, he also founded the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, with its ambitious exhibitions program and permanent art collection, and also chaired the art department from 1986-2002, with only a handful of sabbatical breaks. It seems that there is no end to Grupp’s productivity and inspiring influence.

Quoted from "Why Are We?" A Retrospective Exhibition of a Life Half Finished, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD

figments, fragments & pigments, oh my!


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