Sculpture and Drawings of Kaare Nygaard
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Friday, January 4, 2013 - Wednesday, January 23
Dittmann Center, Groot Gallery
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Sculptor and surgeon. Born in Lillehammer, Norway, author and surgeon Kaare Nygaard joined the surgical staff of White Plains Hospital, New York, in 1940. During WWII, he established a special ward at that hospital to care for more than 4,000 sick or injured Norwegian seamen. As a result, Dr. Nygaard was made a Knight First Class of the Order of St. Olav by King Haakon in 1948. Dr. Nygaard began sculpting in 1951. His sculpture of refugees titled Hiroshima won the United Nations Commemorative Stamp contest.

Prior to his death, Dr. Nygaard founded the Nygaard Foundation (active 1990 – 2014) β€œto foster an appreciation and understanding of the medical profession, visual arts and the Norwegian heritage of St. Olaf College.”

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