Mr. Granlund received his Masters degree in painting and drawing
from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York in 1990. He then moved
back to Minnesota to teach at his alma mater, Bethel College, for
a year and a half.
One day in 1993, Mr. Granlund called the local zoo and conservatory
and told them they should have an artist to teach courses and paint
images of the park. They agreed with him and asked him to come
teach classes. From 1994 to 2003 Mr. Granlund was the Arts Program
Manager at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and established an
education department. In this capacity, he coordinated art and
gardening classes and programs for adults and children and managed
public art projects at the zoo and conservatory.
In 2001, Mr. Granlund established the Botanical Arts and Illustration
program at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. This program provides
botanical arts courses in which students could receive certification
and college credit through Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN.
Mr. Granlund continues to instruct in this program, teaching beginning
drawing, beginning watercolor, and botanicals in pencil, oil and
In 2005, Mr. Granlund became the Arts and Gardens Program Coordinator
for the City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation.
In this capacity, Mr. Granlund oversees the design, planting and
maintenance of the public gardens of Saint Paul, MN. This includes
300 garden beds, 160 planters and 600 hanging baskets. He also
oversees the maintenance of the public art collection. His job
is to help beautify Saint Paul. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Granlund
was responsible for making, and keeping, downtown Saint Paul beautiful
and welcoming for the Republican National Convention.
Mr. Granlund has exhibited his work in New York City and throughout
the upper Midwest. His art is in many private and corporate
collections in the United States and in Europe. Mr. Granlund
is currently painting, writing and studying to be a caretaker of
an island on the U.S./Canadian border.
Mr. Granlund also works by commission for original artwork and
has originals, prints, and cards available.
For more information, please visit his site at: www.markgranlund.com.
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Images © Mark Grunland