Richard Lack (1928-2009): A Reminiscence

by Stephen Gjertson. Written on the occasion of Richard Lack’s 80th birthday.

Richard Lack in his studio, c. 1971.

It’s difficult to say anything about Richard Lack that I have not already stated in his biography or the essays on my student years and the ateliers […]

Don Koestner

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, November 28, 1923. Died in Pine River, Minnesota, December 23, 2009.

Don Koestner

Don Koestner was known by painters as the poet laureate of Minnesota impressionism. His life and work inspired and influenced two generations of mid-western landscape painters. He was the second child […]

Don Koestner: An Art Well Done

A tribute given by Stephen Gjertson at the memorial for Don Koestner, January 30, 2010.

It is my distinct privilege to say a few words today about Don’s art. As an artist who has known Don and been familiar with his work for almost forty years, I can say without hesitation […]

Richard F. Lack

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 26, 1928. Died in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, September 22, 2009.


Richard F. Lack

Richard F. Lack was one of the most versatile and influential pupils of Boston artist R. H. Ives Gammell. His artistic training began at the Minneapolis School […]

Richard F. Lack: A Legacy Remembered

A tribute given by Stephen Gjertson at the memorial for Richard Lack, November 1, 2009.

The Italian Hat, 1955. Oil on canvas, 24 x 19. Lack family collection.

I have been asked to share a few words on behalf of those who benefited from the public […]