Gustavus Announces Hiring of a Sesquicentennial Sculptor

Posted on June 16th, 2010 by

Greg Mueller

Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Mueller to the position of Sesquicentennial Sculptor. Mueller will begin his duties in the fall of 2010.

“As Sesquicentennial Sculptor, Mr. Mueller will create works that will recognize the College’s 150th anniversary,” said President Jack R. Ohle. “We are delighted that someone of his experience and skills will be on campus to make this unique contribution.”

Mueller has also been commissioned by Gustavus, Augustana College in Rock Island, and Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan. — the three colleges founded in the Augustana Lutheran tradition — to create a sculpture that will represent the colleges’ rootedness in the Augustana Lutheran tradition. He will also work over the next two years to develop sculpture for the College’s new academic building and outdoor spaces on campus.

“It will be a privilege and an honor to work in the studio of Paul Granlund, one of my mentors,” said Mueller.  In the 1990s, he worked as studio assistant to the late Granlund, who was Gustavus’s longtime sculptor-in-residence. “I look forward to collaborating with artists in the community, including students.”

Mueller holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and a master of fine arts degree from Montana State University School of Art in Bozeman, Mont.

Mueller most recently served as an assistant professor specializing in sculpture and 3D design in the department of art and art history at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Penn. Prior to that, he taught sculpture for six years at Bowling Green State University School of Art in Bowling Green, Ohio. Mueller has been commissioned to work on several projects in the past year, including pieces for Christ the King Church in Mankato, Annunciation Monastery in Bismarck, N.D., and the Huntington Center Hockey Arena in Toledo, Ohio.

Gustavus has a rich tradition of sculpture. Paul Granlund’s creativity impacted campus life from 1971 until his retirement in 1996. His work can be seen throughout the Gustavus campus and when he died in 2003, he left a legacy of more than 650 figurative bronze sculptures in public installations and private collections nationally and internationally.


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  1. Mary Jane and Lewis says:

    Great choice of a wonderful person and artist.

  2. Paul M. Kinsley says:

    What a great choice, not only for the university, but also for the community. You have a great talent and gracious individual in Greg and he will follow in the footsteps of his mentor. Congratulations to both you and Greg.

  3. James & Diane Stenson says:

    Greg and his wife, Meg, will be a great addition to the Gustavus community and St.Peter. We look forward to their arrival and their contributions to the lives of all of us in this greater St.Peter community. We wish them the best!

  4. Mariangela Maguire says:

    More than three years ago, the Granlund Studio became a studio for senior art majors. I am sad and disappointed to see that the current Gustavus administration is reneging on its commitment to the professional development of student artists. Unfortunately, there is nothing to celebrate here.

  5. Karen Farley says:

    Congratulations on the commission….what an accomplishment…