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Birger Sandzn Memorial Gallery turns 60
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LINDSBORG — The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg is hosting a reception and presentation to celebrate its 60th anniversary from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22, with a presentation of historical images beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Fulfilling the dream of Swedish-American artist and educator Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), the gallery construction began in 1956 and was dedicated on Sunday, Oct. 20, 1957. It is operated by the Birger Sandzén Memorial Foundation.
The foundation was created to construct an art gallery on the Bethany College campus, where Sandzén had served on the faculty for over 50 years. Incorporators of the foundation were Sandzén’s daughter, Margaret; his son-in-law, Charles Pelham Greenough III; and W. D. P. Carey of Hutchinson. Serving with them on the initial board of directors were Bethany president Robert Mortvedt, John F. Hayes, William H. Taylor Sr., and Ray V. Stapp. The gallery was made possible through a donation made by the Greenoughs, as well as numerous gifts from Foundation donors.
The gallery officially opened to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1957, with the first exhibition being a retrospective of Sandzén’s art. Today, the gallery carries out the foundation’s purpose of “sharing the arts with the world through the life and vision of Birger Sandzén.” It works to enhance appreciation and exposure to artists and works in its permanent collection, as well as exhibit historically significant and contemporary artists. It is also committed to supporting cultural activities that enhance the region and develop a greater appreciation for the arts.
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. For further information, call 785-227-2220 or email fineart@sandzé