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Bill Shipley



Bill Shipley is an artist and a retired teacher who has benefited the museum, our visitors, and the artistic community for nearly a decade. He has dedicated many hours to the museum as a guide and tour leader, especially on weekends and special occasions. He has also provided invaluable research and insights on works of art in the collection, which he shares with visitors and school groups. As a professional artist, Bill has created important works of art and contributed to our regional art community. He is a passionate advocate for area artists, and a valued interpreter of the arts at the Tweed Museum.


Artists : Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti
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rick smith



In service to the Tweed Museum of Art, Rick Smith has dedicated himself to helping build an American Indian arts program. He has served as a facilitator for the acquisition of the Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection of American Indian Art and go-between for the repatriation of ritual properties. In providing assistance and support to the museum staff for the care and preservation of the collection, Rick has helped by broadening understanding through his insight about the Native American values and spiritual connections that can be found in, or represented by, the artworks in the collection. With such newfound perspective, the Museum has become better educated about how such properties should experience care and conservation. Moreover, Rick Smith has helped to ensure that the Tweed serves as a respectful custodian of precious objects by introducing experts, elders, leaders and renowned individuals who come to teach about the art, or bless the facilities in the Museum where the art is housed and exhibited.


Artist : Dick Cooter
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charlie matsch



Charlie Matsch has provided support and inspiration to the Tweed Museum of Art. He has selflessly introduced ideas and artists, provided artwork and annual gifts, established an endowment for exhibitions, and has been a long-time presence having attended numerous programs over the course of many years. Beyond the material gifts that Charlie has given the Museum is his influence. He is known as an expert in Geology, informed by an appreciation of nature and its powers, having engaged generations of students with his passion for reading the evidence of an endlessly diverse and evolving landscape. To the staff at the Tweed he represents an even wider scope of knowledge. He has shared his passion and awe for the phenomena of the world fully inclusive of the aesthetics of the natural world and the arts of humanity. Charlie Matsch has fostered an appreciation for arts that represent the natural world, thereby helping to bridge art and science. As part of that process he has also helped to expand the Museum collection.


Artists : Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti
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henry roberts



Henry Roberts is an engaged citizen of the community. He has served with distinction on the boards of arts and environmental organizations, such as the Nature Conservancy, the Duluth Art Institute, Minnesota Parks & Trails Council, as well as the Tweed Museum of Art. As an active Board member for the Tweed, he has provided invaluable counsel to its Director, as well as financial support to Museum programs. Henry has demonstrated an abiding passion for community arts and culture, the natural world, photography, and world travel. In his pursuit and study of photography, Henry has documented many landscapes and cultures, and has widely exhibited his imagery. He has fostered interaction between the Tweed Museum and the Duluth community through his engagement in regional groups and activities. Additionally, he and his wife Terry have sponsored numerous international high school, UMD and College of St. Scholastica students as they pursue their education.


Artists : Bob Husby and Cheryl Husby
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Alice O’Connor has demonstrated wisdom, passion, and commitment to the arts by distinguishing herself as a major patron in support of the Tweed Museum of Art. Her support has helped in providing opportunities for programs and exhibitions, and she has held a long-standing leadership role on the Tweed Board of Advisors. Her diligent focus on the idea of a “community museum” with a strong art education component, perpetuates the visions of her grandmother Alice Tweed Tuohy and mother Bernice Tweed Brickson. Through Alice’s tenacious focus on seeking community support, she has been a champion for the Tweed collection, its preservation, interpretation, and display.


Artist : Karin Kraemer
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richard e nelson



The late Richard E. Nelson, along with his late wife Dorothy Rawlings Nelson, demonstrated passion and commitment to the arts by distinguishing themselves as collectors of art and supporters of artists, particularly with regard to the historical and contemporary arts of Native Americans. In cooperation with the Tweed Museum of Art, exhibitions of the Nelson Collection of baskets, weavings, beadwork, paintings, drawings, maps and literature have been shown throughout the United States and in Canada. Richard showed support and generosity through his donation of his Native American art collection to the Tweed, and provided counsel to the staff and advised on contributions to Tweed’s traveling exhibition program. The Nelson Collection provides a wealth of Native American history and art for generations to come.


Artist : Yanis Andler
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adu gindy



Adu Gindy is an artist and a retired art professor who has exhibited her work in the museum and facilitated discussions about works of art with hundreds of painting students. She was also a longtime member of the museum’s Advisory Board and instrumental in advancing its mission and purpose. She was born in Pärnu, Estonia, and following six years in post-war relocation camps in Germany, immigrated with her mother to the United States. Her work is in museum collections in Sweden, Cuba and throughout the Upper Midwest region’s art centers.


Artist : Dave Lynas
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Beverly goldfine



As a longtime Tweed Advisory Board member, Beverly Goldfine has been effective in numerous initiatives to fundraise, expand and enhance the museum and its programs. She played a key role in the planning of the Sax Sculpture Conservatory and secured resources to produce the catalogue for the David Ericson: Always Returning exhibition. She has also contributed to the acquisition of important sculptures for the collection. The Beverly and Erwin Goldfine Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence was established at UMD in 1987 through gifts by the Goldfine family, friends, and business associates to reward outstanding students for their academic achievement.


Artists : Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti
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