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W. Dean Warnholtz (1917 - 1993)

Dean Warnholtz was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1917.  He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. degrees at the State University of Iowa and studied at the Hayter Atelier in Paris in 1975. He also studied traditional woodblock printing techniques in Japan.  He came to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1949 and was a popular member of the faculty for 33 years.  He served as chairman of Carleton’s art and art history department from 1964 – 69 and from 1979 – 80.


An accomplished artist in several mediums, Warnholtz won numerous prizes and purchase awards for his paintings. He participated in many one-man and group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Sioux City Art Center, the Schlier Gallery in Denver, the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and at Carleton and other institutions in the Midwest.


In later years, he served as juror for many print and drawing exhibits across the Midwest. On sabbatical leave from Carleton during the 1955-56 academic year, Warnholtz spent several months in Mexico, where he studied lithography at the San Miguel de Allende Instituto, and in Sioux City, where he was commissioned to paint a mural for the Third Presbyterian Church. 


Today, some of his works are part of the permanent collection of the Sioux City Art Center.  Warnholtz died in 1993.

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