A Life Well-Painted: The Art of Carl Gawboy

Carl Gawboy (Bois Forte Ojibwe And Finnish, B. 1942), Slipping Away into The West, Ca. 1990s. Acrylic Painting. Collection of Charles and Faye Diver. © Carl Gawboy.

Special Exhibition Gallery

This retrospective of Bois Forte Anishinaabe and Finnish artist Carl Gawboy presents works of art that span over fifty years. The exhibition features many watercolors (Gawboy’s preferred medium) and also acrylic paintings and relief sculptures. His meticulously painted artworks depict Anishinaabe cultural activities, legends, fond memories of rural farm life, and his family and friends. Carl Gawboy, who graduated from UMD in 1965, has significantly influenced the Twin Ports community, not only as a talented and treasured artist but also as a teacher, storyteller, family man, and friend.

Listen to Carl Gawboy's stories