George Morrison (American)
Born 1919, in Chippewa City, MN — Died 2000, in Red Rock, MN
George Morrison is known as a painter and sculptor of images and forms based on the landscape. His Native name was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo (Standing In the Northern Lights) Abstract paintings of views of his beloved Lake Superior, puzzle-like wall reliefs constructed of driftwood, and later, more polished sculptural works are all signatures of Morrison’s artistic style.
An alumnus of the highly regarded Art Students League in New York, Morrison taught at many art institutions, both in Minnesota and on the East Coast, including the Minneapolis School of Art, Cornell University, Pennsylvania Sate University, the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He retired as a full professor from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Morrison’s work was exhibited at many well-known and prestigious museums during his lifetime, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND; the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ; the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of the American Indian in New York City; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Toledo Museum of Art, OH; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.