N E W S R E L E A S E
November 4, 2011
Steve O’Neil, County Commissioner
St. Louis County Courthouse
Duluth, MN 218-726-2359
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
St. Louis County Board Honors Duluth Artist Carl Gawboy
with Arts Excellence Award
In keeping with the St. Louis County Board’s 2011 theme of recognizing those county residents who have excelled in the fields of arts and sciences, Second District County Commissioner Steve O’Neil honored Duluth artist Carl Gawboy with the Board’s “Excellence in the Arts & Sciences” award on Tuesday, November 1st. Mr. Gawboy was recognized by the County Board at the beginning of the Board meeting held in the St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth, MN.
Commissioner O’Neil explained his selection of Carl Gawboy by saying, “Mr. Gawboy’s paintings have been featured in art exhibits throughout Minnesota and the United States. He has produced many murals for public spaces including a mural installed in the Bois Forte Community and Government Center. His “Rendezvous at Kitchi Onigam” mural was installed at the new Heritage Center in Grand Portage in 2007, and he painted 35 murals for the Superior Public Library from 1993 to 1999.” Gawboy, who was born in Cloquet and grew up in Ely, Minnesota, is known for depicting traditional scenes of Ojibwe people hunting, fishing and gathering. He graduated from UMD in 1965 and taught for many years at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
The work, rendered in water colors and acrylics, reflects the simplicity of life in Ely. “Most of Carl’s paintings are his witness to traditional and everyday life of Indian people,” said Rick Smith, director of UMD’s American Indian Learning Resource Center. “He actually saw the images and stored them in his brain and transferred them to canvas. In essence, he is an anthropologist of Ojibwe culture.”