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Jerry Rudquist (1934-2001)

A Minnesota artist whose career spanned four decades, Jerry Rudquist was an integral member of the national art community.

Rudquist earned his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1956 and his MFA in 1958 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.  He began teaching at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1958 where remained until his retirement in 2000.

It is one of life’s mordant ironies that Rudquist, who often painted skulls, would pass away in 2001 of brain cancer.  But Rudquist had a streak of mordancy himself, expressed in such comments as “Bone, of any species, is an extraordinarily beautiful material.”


In 1963 Rudquist was honored with a solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center and later, in 1971, with a solo exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Between 1997 and 1998, Rudquist was the subject of a traveling exhibition, Rudquist/Reconsidering, which was shown at four Minnesota colleges and universities.

At the time of his death, he was considered one of the Midwest’s most significant artists.

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