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Richard Krogstad was born and raised in the small, Midwest farming community of Harlan, Iowa. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a BA degree in art, he worked as an art director at Foote, Cone and Belding in Chicago and exhibited his artwork at the Gilman Gallery. He later moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, where he completed an MFA degree in painting at UMass Amherst.
Upon graduating, he moved to Los Angeles where I began a career in graphic design and exhibited at the Jody Scully Gallery. After 10 years in L.A., the Midwest beckoned and Minneapolis looked like a great place to work and call home. In 1992, he concluded his career in graphic design and became a full-time artist.
He had one person exhibits at the Plains Art Museum, Luther College, Groveland Gallery, the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and Crown College among other venues. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections including American Express, Bank of America, Cargill, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Mayo Clinic, Park Nicolette and Wells Fargo. The U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program selected his paintings for loan to American ambassadors’ residences in Germany, Micronesia, and Burma.
Minneapolis Star Tribune Art critic Mary Abbe wrote the following about his work … “Krogstad is a poet of rural places, the wide skies arching over fallow fields, river valleys, and farmsteads.” In addition, Rusty Freeman, VP of Curatorial Education at the Plains Art Museum wrote, “He makes the ordinary elements of the landscape – fields, rivers, skies – extraordinary through the careful use of color and value, lending his landscapes a spiritual demeanor.”