The Hillstrom Museum of Art has on view through its front window two oil paintings from its permanent collection. These are by famed Swedish-American artist Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), who came to America from his native Sweden in 1894, settling in Lindsborg, Kansas, where he spent his career associated with Bethany College.
In 1901, the artist seriously considered leaving Kansas for a teaching position at Gustavus Adolphus College, which he had visited at the invitation of his friend Professor Karl A. Kilander. Sandzén again visited Gustavus in 1941, at the invitation of his former pupil Lorena Daeschner Hall, who taught art at Gustavus.
One of the works on display is from late in