Gloria Tew

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Gloria Tew (born May 10, 1923 in Duluth, Minnesota) is an abstract sculptor known for her work in marble, bronze and steel. Tew's sculptures are found in institutions, museums, churches and private collections including, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.[1] She resides in Minneapolis.


Tew started her education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she studied with Alice Tweton.[2] As an adult, Tew went back to Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter MN, where she was encouraged by her teacher Paul Granlund (1925–2003) to pursue Sculptor. Tew attributes most of her influences to the late Architect Ralph Rapson (1914–2008),[3] who also designed the artist's home and was often found in Tew's studio and the late Modernist Charles Biederman (1906–2004).[2]

Early career[edit]

Tew began her career as a free lance fashion illustrator in Minneapolis at the age of 15. The drastic change in Tew's artistic direction was brought on by the death of her only child in 1969. Shortly after the tragedy, a friend introduced Tew to Sculptor Paul Granlund, who was the resident sculptor at Gustavus at that time and ultimately became Tews's mentor and friend.[4]


  • President's National League of Cities Award.Washington, D.C. 2003
  • Governor Rudy Perpich Memorial—15 foot monument sculpture, Lake Wood Cemetery, Minneapolis 1996[5][6]
  • "Caring" Competition Winner. Duluth, Minnesota and Växjö, Sweden August 1993[7]
    • A eight-foot bronze sculpture was placed in the town square of Växjö, Sweden as a part of a sister competition in Duluth, Minnesota 1993.[8]
  • "Caring" a Cararra marble sculpture, April, 1988
    • Selected for presentation to Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia during the Royal Visit to Minneapolis, as part of New Sweden '88 Minneapolis, Minnesota April 1988.[8]
  • "Trees" stainless steel sculpture 1980.
    • Finalist in the University of Minnesota's 75th Anniversary Alumni Sculpture Competition 1980
  • Women of Achievement Award West Suburban Chamber of Commerce nominee for Minneapolis, Minnesota1980
  • "Reflections" a 15-foot outdoor stainless steel sculptor. 1987.[9][10]
  • "Roll of Honor", stainless steel sculpture 1986
    • Finalist in Veterans Administration Medical Center Competition, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1986


  • American Swedish institute, Monuments and Celebrations, the work of Gloria Tew, a retrospective. 2005
  • "Caring Hands", selected for Generose Building, St. Mary's Hospital (Mayo), Rochester, Minnesota
  • International Care Givers Conference, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 1996
  • Granlund Influence Invitational 1985 Callaway Galleries 1984
  • Lutheran Brotherhood Invitational 1983
  • United Methodist Invitational 1982
  • The American Swedish institute 1981
  • Governor's Mansion 1981
  • Gustavus Adolphus College 1973

Public collections[edit]



  1. ^ "Gloria Tew". Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Gloria Who?". Active Lifestyles. 1991-08-30. pp. 28–29. 
  3. ^ "References". Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  4. ^ The Early Career of Gloria Tew (2010-09-14). "Gloria Tew in Early Years, Interview Conducted by Jessica L. Sylvester" (Interview). 
  5. ^ "MN Artists, Gloria Tew". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  6. ^ "Art styles & sculpture at Lakewood". 
  7. ^ "Article: Gloria Tew". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  8. ^ a b "Gloria Tew". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Gloria Tew, Reflections". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  10. ^ a b "Reflections award". 
  11. ^ "Enlightened Touch". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  12. ^ "A Knowing Woman" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  13. ^ "From your President...A Knowing Woman" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  14. ^ "Ridgeway Piece". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  15. ^ "Untitled". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  16. ^ "Forever Caring" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  17. ^ "Beckoning". Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  18. ^ "Finding Common Ground". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  19. ^ "Gloria Tew, Family of Faith". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  20. ^ "Gloria Tew, Heart of Hope". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Gloria Tew, Untitled". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  22. ^ "Gloria Tew, The Scholar". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  23. ^ "Gloria Tew, Eagle Wings". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  24. ^ "Gloria Tew, Circle of Love". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  25. ^ "Gloria Tew, Meditation". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  26. ^ "Gloria Tew, Untitled". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  27. ^ "Gloria Tew, The Embrace". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  28. ^ a b "Gloria Tew, Caring". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  29. ^ "Gloria Tew, Building on a Century". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 


  • Mayo Clinic's 31st International Association for Human Caring Conference Guest Speaker, Date: June 5, 2010.
  • Nursing, The Finest Art, 3rd Edition, Donahue, Patricia M. PhD, RN, FAAN, Year: 2010
  • Unveiling Tew sculpture in honor of 100th anniversary of the U of M School of Nursing. Article in Minnesota School of Nursing Magazine, Date: Spring/Summer 2010 edition
  • Design Directions, Minnesota Magazine, Date: March 2001
  • KMSP TV, The Buzz segment, Robinson, Robynne. Date: July 1998
  • KSTP TV News, coverage of "Rudy and Lola" sculpture, Miles, Pat. Date: September 21, 1996
  • Lakeshore Weekly "Sculptor Uses Her Art to Encourage People", Date: May 1996
  • KARE 11 TV News Special Feature "Accidental Artist", Constantine, Alan and Pierce. Date: October 7, 1996
  • Feature article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Column, "Art May Be in the Eye of the Beholders", author Grow, Doug. Date: September 24, 1994
  • Feature article in Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Date: September 1993
  • TV Accent on Art, TV Interview, Matteson, Chris. Year: 1991
  • Cover, photographs, and feature article in Active Lifestyle, "Gloria Tew and Her Works" Paragon Cable TV Production, Minneapolis, Date: August 1991
  • Cable Television Program. "A Conversation with Gloria Tew", Year: 1983.
  • Feature article in Twin Cities Magazine, Date: November 1981
  • "Gloria Tew" Minnesota Monthly, Article Date: February 1, 2001

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