While earning a reputation as an artist of note, Birger Sandzen also created a reputation as a dedicated educator. He worked to introduce his students and community to the world of art, arranging lectures, staging exhibitions and working with the local art club to purchase a library.
During his teaching career two large exhibitions of his work were staged in New York galleries, neither of which Sandzen would attend due to his teaching commitments. Birger Sandzen would continue to teach at Bethany College and in other locations for fifty-two years.
In addition to his painting Birger Sandzen was also an illustrator, engraver and lithographer. Sven Birger Sandzen was a founding member of the Prairie Printmakers Society, the author of a book on art technique and received commissions from the W.P.A. during the Depression years in America.
Birger Sandzen had an unusual use of thick applications of boldly colored paint to capture the scenery of the western United States and this earned him the nickname of the "American Van Gogh". He continued to work up until his death in 1954.
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BIRGER SANDZEN PAINTING AWARDS
Order of Vasa, Swedish Government
Order of the North Star, Swedish Government Honorary Doctorate, Midland Luthern
College Honorary Doctorate, University of Nebraska Honorary Doctorate - Kansas State University
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