Painter printmaker and sculptor

Wisconsin’s Visual Arts Legacy: Robert Hodgell

Robert Hodgel, The Sermon, 1964-65, linoleum cut
This issue of Art in Wisconsin features Robert hodgel. The work shown here is a part of the UW Madison - Wisconsin Union Galleries collection and was part of a recent exhibition titled; “Highlights from the Wisconsin Union Art Collection.” The website documenting the exhibition can be found at: http://www.union.wisc.edu/art/collection/

Robert Hodgell earned both his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Wisconsin in addition to serving as an art director. He worked as a professor and artist-in-residence at Florida’s Presbyterian College/Eckerd College for 16 years before retiring to pursue a career as a freelance artist. In addition to painting, he was also a celebrated printmaker and sculptor. The Sermon was purchased by the Union from the Little Studio Gallery in 1965.
Catalog entry by Emily Wallrath

Editor’s note; Hodgel created many works on religious themes which were widely collected by churches in Wisconsin. A number of works by Hodgel can be found at the United Methodist conference offices in Sun Prairie and also at Madison’s University United Methodist Church where he was a member.

Artist’s statement: “I find the blockprint to be an effective medium for portraying and conveying notions I feel are important. The graphic impact of the image and the actual physical energy it takes to produce the work minimize the schmaltz that’s so apt to compromise work in this genre”