Robert Zuppke was the head football coach for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from 1913 through 1941. (The football field at Memorial Stadium in Champaign is named "Zuppke Field" and he is buried in the cemetery to the east of the Stadium, purportedly in line with the 50-yard line.)
He was an avid painter, primarily using oils and pastels. He reportedly summered in Gloucester, Massachusetts and did a number of paintings while there. He also painted mountain scenes. Within the past few years, a few of his paintings have become available through private estate sales in Champaign-Urbana. The prices have ranged from $300 to $1,500. Several of his paintings reportedly hang at the Union
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