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Roger Kast (1943 - 2015)


1943 ■ Born January 21, St. Paul, Minnesota, to Edna and Harley Kast, a St. Paul policeman.

1963 ■ Enrolls in Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

1967 ■ Graduates with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

1967 ■ Enrolls in California College of the Arts, Oakland. California influences include the paintings of Richard Diebenkorn.

1969 ■ Graduates with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

1969-1971 ■ Becomes the director of an innovative “Art & Ecology” summer camp, Urban Nature Institute for Youth (Camp UNIFY) in Branscomb, California.

1971 ■ Returns to St. Paul.

1972 ■ Moves his family to Crookston, Minnesota to help establish Lady Slipper Designs and Up North Handcrafts. He designed the first stuffed toy loon and many other products.

1977-1998 ■ Establishes a studio in downtown Duluth, where he produced over 1,000 drawings and paintings. The Lake Impression series shows the influence of Lake Superior on his work. They include Lake Superior sunrises, moonrises, and stormy moods.

2003 ■ Completed a series of large lithographs at Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi.

2015 ■ Died July 3 in Nevis, Minnesota. In his final years Roger continued to work on a series of drawings and paintings in his studio in Northern Minnesota. His later work was influenced by the big white and red pines, and being near the “source” of the Mississippi - Lake Itasca.

Among his major influences were Minnesota artists, Paul Kramer, Birney Quick, Paul Olson, and George Morrison. He studied directly under painters and printmakers, Robyn Denny and Anthony Gross from Great Britain, Ger Lataster from Holland, and Shirley Goldfarb from France. Roger’s Lake Superior sunrise paintings show the Lataster abstract expressionist influence most clearly.


Roger's work is in the collections of 3M Company, Pentair Corporation of St. Paul, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, and can be seen at the Northwestern National Life Insurance building in downtown Minneapolis. Two large Lake Superior Sunrise paintings can be viewed in downtown Duluth at the Public Library and the Wells Fargo Bank. 



1969 Master of Fine Arts California College of the Arts, Oakland, California 

1967 Bachelor of Fine Arts Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota 



2008 Saint John’s University Art Center, Target Gallery, Collegeville, Minnesota 

2005 New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills, Minnesota 

2004 Bemidji Community Arts Center, Bemidji, Minnesota 

1995 Studio 405, Duluth, Minnesota 

1994 Anderson & Anderson Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

1990 Anderson & Anderson Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

1988 Faegre’s, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

1987 Gallery 323, Duluth, Minnesota 

1987 Pepperdine University, Malibu, California 

1983 Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota 



2008 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, Minnesota


2003 Art on the Plains 2003/Competition, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota 

2003 Region Two Traveling Exhibition/Competition, Bemidji, Minnesota 

1998 Men’s Work, Lizzards Gallery, Duluth, Minnesota 

1998 References to Drawing, Anderson & Anderson Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

1997 Twenty Artists/Twenty Questions, Steensland Museum, Northfield, Minnesota 

1996 Third Ohara International Watercolor Competition, Ohara, Japan 

1996 Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program Competition, Fire, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

1996 Duluth-Vaxjo: Contemporary Fine Art Competition Konsthall & Galleriet, Vaxjo, Sweden 

1995 Virtuosity Competition, Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York 

1994 Roger Kast/George Morrison, Lizzards Gallery, Duluth, Minnesota 

1991 George Morrison/Roger Kast, Gallery 323, Duluth, Minnesota 



Northwest Minnesota Foundation 

3M Corporation 

Northwestern National Life Insurance, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Knight-Ridder Newspapers  

Hanft, Fride, O’Brien, Harries, Swelbar & Burns, Attorneys at Law 

Tweed Museum of Art  

Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith, and Frederick, Professional Association 

City of Duluth 

Wells Fargo Banks 

Pentair Corporation, St. Paul, MN 

Richport Corporation, Dallas, Texas 

Vofab Inc, Vaxjo, Sweden 



Duluth Port Authority 

Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota 

City of Duluth, Department of Parks & Recreation 

University of Minnesota-Duluth

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