Kurt Dyrhaug

Professor of Studio Art, Sculpture
Office: Art Building, Room 106
Email: kurt.dyrhaug@lamar.edu


  • M.F.A., University of Minnesota, 1993
  • B.F.A., Minneapolis College of Art & Design, 1989

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Kurt Dyrhaug is currently a Professor of Studio Art, Sculpture at Lamar University. Professor Dyrhaug currently teaches courses in Sculpture, 3D Design, and Art Appreciation.

Currently, his sculpture and drawing employs agricultural and nautical imagery taken from his experiences living in Southeast Texas. His work recalls the mechanical forms and functions of elements from industry, presenting iconic images with new associations and meanings. Mr. Dyrhaug believes that reconstructing these familiar forms holds the potential for creating a number of applications and interpretations with the relationship of materials and scale. His research presently focuses on cast metal sculpture and  utilizes 3D printing technology for mold making in the foundry.

Since 2008, Dyrhaug’s sculpture and drawing has been included in over 170 national juried and invited exhibitions including one-person exhibitions at the Galveston Art Center, Dishman Art Museum, Lawrence University, University of Dallas, and Texas A&M University. His most recent exhibitions include “Disruption” at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey and “Flight” at the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. Dyrhaug is also active as a visiting artist and guest lecturer. Most recently, he served as a visiting artist at the University of Kentucky and as an invited consultant for casting iron at the Atelierhaus Hilmsen in Hilmsen, Germany. Dyrhaug also coordinates professional and student collaboration with the Texas Atomic Iron Commission and the Keen Foundry Invitational Symposium which takes place annually in Houston, Texas. In 2009, Mr. Dyrhaug was a recipient of Research Enhancement Grant at Lamar University and a Jerome Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia Minnesota.