Paul Granlund

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Dancing St. Francis - Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
Constellation Earth - Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki, Japan

Paul T. Granlund (October 6, 1925, Minneapolis, Minnesota - September 15, 2003, Mankato, Minnesota) was an American sculptor. His creative career spanned more than 50 years and more than 650 different works. Most of his work is figurative and made from bronze. His patrons included colleges, hospitals, Lutheran Churches, and other institutions.


Paul Theodore Granlund was born on October 6, 1925, in Minneapolis, the son of the Rev. Clarence and Naomi Granlund. He married Edna Spaeth in 1950. Granlund received his Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1952 and his Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1954. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study sculpture in Italy the same year, he later returned on Guggenheim Foundation fellowships in 1957-1959. During the 1960s, he was a faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.[1]

Sculptor in residence[edit]

Paul Granlund was the sculptor in residence at his alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College, from 1971 until his retirement in 1996, and maintained a studio at the institution until his death. Over 30 works are on campus, including the friezes and doors of Christ Chapel.[2] While artist in residence, he taught notable Minnesota bronze sculptor Nicholas Legeros from 1978-1980.

Locations of works[3][edit]

U.S. Colleges and Universities[edit]


  • Berea Lutheran Church, Richfield, MN
    • Crucifixion-Resurrection Processional Cross"
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Willmar, MN
    • "Children of God"
  • Bethlehem Lutheran, Encinitas, CA
    • "Saint Francis"
  • First Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA
    • "Crucifixion-Resurrection," (1982)
  • First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, MN
    • "Chancel Cross," "Cradle" (1982), "Familia II" (1989)
  • Grace Lutheran Church, Mankato, MN
    • "Crucifixion-Resurrection Processional Cross"
  • Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Minneapolis, MN
    • "Resurrection" (1958), "Crucifixion" (1964), "Credo Doors (1967), "Rondo," "Life Tree"
  • Mary Mother of the Church, Burnsville, MN
    • Crucifixion Processional Cross (1969)
  • Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
    • "Head of Cantor Paul O. Manz,"
  • Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
    • "Saint Francis"
  • Salem Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, CT
    • "Life Tree"


Minnesota Locations[edit]

U.S. Locations[edit]



  1. ^ Paul Theodore Granlund (Luther College)
  2. ^ Paul Granlund, His Life (Gustavus Adolphus College)
  3. ^ Granlund, Paul T. Paul T. Granlund Collection, 1945-2006. CAMC Collection 12. Gustavus Adolphus College Archives, St. Peter, Minnesota.

Other sources[edit]

  • Freiert, William K. Paul T. Granlund: Spirit of bronze, shape of freedom (Primarius Ltd. Publishers. 1991)

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