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Carl Eller’s artwork to be featured at U.S. Bank Stadium

Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller is one of 34 local artists to have work featured at the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium.

Carl Eller entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004 for his play on the on field as a 16-year veteran of the Minnesota Vikings. He was named All-Pro five times, played in six Pro Bowls and started in four Super Bowls, retiring in 1979 as the franchise’s leader with 130 sacks.

When U.S. Bank Stadium opens next year, he will be among 34 artists having their work featured there.

In January, the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority partnered with Sports & The Arts to create a “one-of-a-kind, museum-quality art collection within U.S. Bank Stadium,” according to a press release, commissioning 34 local artists.

Selected from more than 1,000 submissions, the artists range in expertise from Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) students to professionals with past works acquired by the Walker Art Center and Getty Museum, according to the release. The group of 34 artists also includes a father-daughter combination. More local artists are in discussions with the Vikings and SATA and are expected to join the list in the future.

“The team is always focused on ways to celebrate the community and our fans,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said in a release. “Soliciting and funding this collection of art from Minnesotans is another way to connect with the community in a very unique way that not only Vikings fans, but all stadium users, can enjoy. The partnership also continues the theme of utilizing Minnesota companies and individuals throughout the design and construction of U.S. Bank Stadium.”

The selected artists:

NAME LOCATION MEDIUM/STYLE
Christopher Aaron Deanes Minneapolis, MN Oil Painting
Leslie Barlow Minneapolis, MN Oil Painting
Michael Bellotti Bloomington, MN Impressionistic Realism
Nick Bensch Minneapolis, MN Blurred Fragmented Painting
Joan Bemel Iron Moccasin Columbus, MN Pigment Prints
Joe Burns Minneapolis, MN Classic Realism, Oil on Canvas
Andrea Carlson Saint Paul, MN Mixed Media Sketches
Grady Carlson Moorehead, MN Impressionistic Landscapes
Melissa Cooke Minneapolis, MN Hyper Realism
Gregory Copeland Minneapolis, MN Oil on Canvas Illustration
Carl Eller Minneapolis, MN Hand-Built Clay Sculpture (Vikings Alum)
Sandra Felemovicius Golden Valley, MN Transparent Paint Layers
Lisa Friedrich Saint Paul, MN Gun Powder Stencils
Brian Geihl Crystal, MN Digital Illustrations, Hand Screen Printing
Rebekah Glasmann St. Cloud, MN Custom-Designed Vikings Shields
Greg Gossel Minneapolis, MN Pop Art Mixed Media
Holly Grimsrud Saint Paul, MN Large-Scale Die-Cut Sports Figures
Dave Grimsrud Zumbrota, MN Acrylic on Canvas
Lynn Hanson Worthington, MN Charcoal on Vellum, Mixed Media
Andy Kenutis Minneapolis, MN Photography (Vikings Photographer)
James Lundberg St. Cloud, MN Custom-Designed Vikings Shields
Shawn McNulty Minneapolis, MN Contemporary Paintings on Canvas
Mike Nathe Oak Grove, MN Custom-Designed Vikings Helmets
James Penfield Minneapolis, MN Loose Abstract Watercolors
David Rathman Minneapolis, MN Watercolor and Oil on Paper/Canvas
Peyton Scott Russell Minneapolis, MN Large-Scale Graffiti-Style
Nicholas Schleif Comfrey, MN Symbols/Letters Image Formation
Michael Shay Dellwood, MN Digital Illustrations
Michael Sweere Minneapolis, MN Recycled Materials Mosaic Artist
Carolyn Swiszcz West Saint Paul, MN Acrylic Paint, Quick Printmaking
Stephen Thomas Forest Lake, MN Digital Artist
Steve Wewerka Saint Paul, MN Photography
Gary Welton Minneapolis, MN Acrylic Oils on Paper and Canvas
Andrew Wykes Minneapolis, MN Painterly Realism

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