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Fred Hagstrom

Fred Ralph Hagstrom was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1954. He attended the University of Chicago from 1975 until 1976, then received his BA from Hamline University in 1977. In 1980, he studied under the English painter and printmaker Stanley William Hayter at the Atelier 17 studio in Paris, France. Hagstrom then returned to the United States and earned his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1982 before going on to work for a year as a replacement instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


Since 1984, he has served as the Rae Shupack Nathan Professor of Art at Carleton College in Minnesota, although in both 1992 and 1999 he taught with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest-Chicago Arts Program in the fall semesters.


Hagstrom loves taking student groups to Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.  Studying the art of these regions and drawing in nature during these trips has been influential in his work. 

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