Butler Community College Life Enrichment will be hosting the presentation “Birger Sandzén and the New Land” by Ron Michael.


Butler Community College Life Enrichment will be hosting the presentation “Birger Sandzén and the New Land” by Ron Michael.

The program, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council,  will be from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 1500 Building Kansas Room.

When Swedish-born Birger Sandzén moved to Lindsborg, Kansas in 1894, his painting style
gradually changed from one with a Swedish Romantic influence to one using bold colors and expressive brushwork.

This presentation discusses Sandzén’s enormous contributions to arts and culture in Kansas and examines the development of his art, focusing on the influence of the regional landscape, particularly in Central and western Kansas.

Michael has served as curator of the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg since 1997.
In cooperation with Gallery Director Larry Griffis, he has presented multiple talks on Birger Sandzén and developed many exhibitions of Sandzén's paintings and prints. Additionally, he has been responsible for maintaining correspondence about the artist, his artwork and activities.

Michael has a master’s degree in library science and information management from Emporia State University. In the spring of 2000, he received a master of fine arts degree in design (ceramics) from the University of Kansas.

Prior to working at the Sandzén Gallery and attending school at KU, he was a reference librarian for the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Calif., and taught art at Nemaha Valley High School in Seneca.

Although his family is originally from Jewell County, Kansas, Michael grew up in Denver. He holds a bachelor of fine art degree and a bachelor of art in radio, TV and film from Fort Hays State University.

In addition to working as curator, Michael is an artist who has shown in many regional and national exhibitions and has taught courses at Bethany College in Lindsborg. He joined the KHC Speakers Bureau in 2009.