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 the son of the Rev. Clarence and Naomi Granlund. 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]

  • Bluffton College, Bluffton, OH
    • "Constellation Earth"
  • St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
    • "Zerogee"
  • Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
    • "Founders," "Crown Column"
  • Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, NE
    • “Son of Man Be Free” (Christ Frees Us)
  • Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
    • “Alpha and Omega Sundial” (1990)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, MN
    • "Head of a Boy" (Hillstrom, 1955), “The Christ Deed” (Christ Chapel, 1961), "Old Testament Door" (Christ Chapel, 1962), "New Testament Door" (Christ Chapel, 1962), Dr. Andrew Jackson, Dr. P. A. Mattson, Dr. O.J. Johnson, and Erik Norelius Plaques (Christ Chapel, 1962), "Jacob and the Angel III" (1962), "Baptism/Lord's Supper Door" (Christ Chapel, 1963), “Hope Doors” (Christ Chapel, 1965), “Old Testament Frieze” (Christ Chapel, 1967), “Masks of the Muses” (1971), “The Way of the Cross” (gift to Gustavus President Lindell), “B.C.A.D.” (1973), “The Edge” (1975), “Sonata” (Ella J. Pehrson Memorial, 1975), "Palindrome" (1976), “Egg,” “Apogee” (1980), “Crucifixion” (Eckman Mall, 1980), “Flight II” (Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, 1980), “Head of Jan Bender” (1980), “Luna Moth Matrix” (1980), Eckman Mall Plaque (1981), “South Wind II” (1982), "Portrait of Srinivasa Ramanujan (Olin, 1983), “Venus Nautilus II” (1983), "Floor Exercises" (1984), "Nicollet" (1986), "Horizontal Lovers" (Hillstrom, 1986), "Linnaes" (1988), "Saint Francis" (1989), "Starburst" (1992), "New Testament Frieze" (Christ Chapel, 1997), “Portrait/Bust of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar,” (Olin, 1998), "Portrait/Bust of George Engelmann" (1999), "Orbisc" (1999), "Portrait of Paul Wellstone (2003)
  • Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO
    • “Incarnation” (1963), “Resurrection II” (1973)
  • Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
    • “The Christ Figure” (1967)
  • Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
    • “Head of Frank Buchman”
  • Sioux Falls College, Sioux Falls, SD
    • “Cross Section”
  • St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
    • "Saint Norbert"
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
    • “Celebration” (1980–82), “Portrait of Julius Muus,” “Double Chorus”
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
    • “Dale Shephard”


  • 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 Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN
    • “Head of Cantor Paul O. Manz,” “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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