Erik Sandgren (1952–) grew up in Corvallis, where his father, Nelson Sandgren, was a noted painter and OSU art professor. Erik studied at Yale (BA.1975) and Cornell (MFA, 1977). For most of his academic life, Erik was a one-man art department at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, WA until his retirement in 2018. Sandgren’s work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Franklin Furnace Gallery of the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the China National Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou.
Sandgren has also created several public art projects, including a 4,000-square feet mural of Oregon landscapes he completed with his father in the Eugene/Springfield Airport in 1989. More recently he has completed a 75-foot mural for the Port of Grays Harbor’s Commission Room, commemorating one hundred years of marine commerce.