William Saltzman, a Minneapolis-born artist whose commissions illuminate churches and adorn institutions through--out the Twin Cities and Midwest region, was born in 1916, and died on March 18, 2006.
As an artist, Saltzman refused to be defined by a single medium. He designed stained-glass windows, fashioned copper reliefs, and worked in a variety of two dimensional media. During World War II, he was a member of the U.S. Army Camouflage unit in the European theatre. A professor at Macalaster College for 17 years, he also taught at other colleges, retiring from active teaching in 1983 as Professor Emeritus.
His artistic subject matter ranged from landscapes and figures to abstractions, in the following media: Oil paintings, Watercolors, Pastels, Sculpture, Mixed Media. Saltzman's sculpture and stained-glass work in public spaces is well known, and his work is also enjoyed by owners in many private collections nationwide..
Throughout his life, Saltzman was fascinated by the interplay of light, color, shape and texture. His work exemplifies his exploration and mastery of these elements.
Saltzman often said, "The principles of art apply to all media. When followed, an artist can transcend any physical limitations of a particular medium."
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