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 Lowell Tolstedt  (1939 - )

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Lived/Active: Virginia/Ohio/South Dakota      Known for: still life painting, art education

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Education:
1965-1967State University of Iowa, Iowa City, M.A. Painting and Drawing
1963-1964  Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Part-time graduate study in studio paintinga nd drawing.
1962-1963  Glassboro State College.  Glassboro, New Jersey. Part Time Study.
1957-1961  State University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota. B.F.A.

Awards:
2002  Museum Guild Purchase Award, Evansville Museum of Art
1990  Greater Columbus Arts Council, Business / Arts Partnership Award
1979  All Ohio 1979, First Award Graphics
1977  Lithopolis Arts Festival
1982-1968  Ohio Exposition Fine Art Exhibition
1973  Drawing, U.S.A., Minnesota Museum of Art, Purchase Award
1976-1968  Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, Ohio

Fellowships:
1983  National Endowment of the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship Grant
1983  Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship Grant
1988  Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowhip Grant
1994  Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship Grant

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009  Lowell Tolstedt: Recent Drawings Kenny Galleries, Columbus, Ohio
2008  The Calculus of Intricacy  Fischbach Gallery, New York
1988  Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, Ohio
1977  Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
1974  The Ohio State University, Hopkins Hall Gallery
1972  The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Selected Group Exhibitions
2005  New Masters Drawings, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio
2003  Personal Visions I. Richard Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
2002-2003  51st Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, Indiana
2001-2000  The Object Considered: Contemporary Still Life in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana Colubus College of Art and Design, March 2000; South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana.
1999  Faculty Exhibition, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio
1997  Faculty Exhibition, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio
1996  Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennslyvania
1995  Faculty Exhibition, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio
1994  Getting Real: 20th Century American Realism, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana
1991  Ohio Drawings and Printmaking Invitational, Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commision, Upper Arlington.
1987  Drawing: The New Tradition, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama
1967-1987  Ohio Exposition Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio.
1984  Ohio Arts Council Fellowship Recipient, Ohio Council
1983  Graphite: A Collectors Choice, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland
1982  Sixth Annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas
1981  Wall Works 81, Columbus Art League, Battelle Institute, Columbus, Oho
1979  All Ohio 1979, The Canton Institute, Canton, Ohio
1977-1978  Drawings As Process, Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
1977  Miami University National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Oxford, Ohio
1976  Ball State University National Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibit, Muncie, Indiana
1974  Aspects of Realism, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
1973  Drawing U.S.A., The Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
1971  The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ohio
1969  47th Annual Akron Art Exhibit, Ohio
1967  11th North Dakota Annual Print and Drawing Exhibition, Fargo, North Dakota
1967  Cinncinnati Biennial, Cincinnati, Ohio

Selected Public Collections
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio.
Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, Indiana.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio.
Minnesota Museum of Fine Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Battelle Institute, Columbus, Ohio.
Price-Waterhouse, Columbus, Ohio.
Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, Ohio.
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio.
   
Selected Biography
2009  Doherty, Stephen M., Drawing Contrasts Between Textures, Colors, and Lighting Effects, American Artist. March 2009, pp. 44-48, 7 Color Illus.
2007  Hall,Jacqueline "Exquisitely Precise", The Columbus Dispatch, Sunday, April 22, 2007, p. D4, color illus.
2006  The New York Sun, July 11, 2006, color illus.
2003  Columbus Dispatch, February 23, 2003.
2003  Dialog, January - February 2003.
1998  The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, November 24
1996  Columbus Dispatch, November 10
1993  Columbus Dispatch, November 14
1993  Columbus Dispatch, April 15
1986  Columbus Dispatch, April 20
1983  The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., March 31
1982  100 American and European Drawings, Nathan Goldstein Prentice--Hall.
1981  The New York Times, Friday, June 26, 1981.
1980  "Drawing, A Contemporary Approach, Claudia Betti and Teel Sale, 1980", Hold, Rhinehart, Winston, pg. 13.
1979  Art in America, July - August, 1979.


Biography from The Canton Museum of Art:
Retired Dean of Fine Arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design

Tolstedt is recognized nationally – an achievement considering he favors the mediums of graphite, color pencil, gold point and silver point.  His images are uncluttered still-lives with a focus on the formal arrangement of compositional parts.

Given the almost immediate association of realistic still life with old masters of the 17th or even mid 19th century the very characteristics that make a work of art realistic in style and still-life in genre are often the same characteristics that keep a work entrenched in tradition.  But still his work is modern – with the simple subject of placing fruit on foil – he accomplishes this with his realistic rendering.

What Tolstedt achieves with graphite, colored pencil and the unforgiving media of gold silverpoint defies belief.

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