In the News: Longtime Augustana Art Professor and Former Department Chair Carl Grupp Passes Away at 79

Carl Grupp

Carl Grupp (b. 1939, Moorhead, Minnesota) has long been recognized as one of South Dakota’s and the region’s most preeminent artists. He died at age 79 on May 28 surrounded by family at the Sanford USD Medical Center.

From 1969 until 2004, Grupp was a professor at Augustana, and also chaired the art department from 1986-2002. He helped to inspire, develop and guide the careers of several generations of artists.

Carl Grupp founded the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana, with an ambitious exhibitions program and permanent art collection, which is now named for him. Over the years, he helped build the Carl Grupp Permanent Art Collection that now numbers nearly 4,000 objects and includes significant examples of works on paper from a range of important historical and contemporary artists, including: Marc Chagall, Degas, Homer, Matisse, Picasso and Warhol.


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