Best Gallery In Kansas: Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery / 2021 American Art Awards

Thom Bierdz
5 min readMay 13, 2021


Each year the American Art Awards board selects the 25 Best Galleries And Museums In America. “The impressive AAA board chooses only one museum or gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.”

American Art Awards: “We consider thousands of the most established art venues from Alaska to Florida. This year we chose several museums and art centers with historical significance of 100+ years, some with over 100,000 annual visitors, some specializing in global acquisitions, some American treasures, others offering objects preserving their state’s legacy, and some celebrating one specific artist’s life work. We’ve also selected some of the most reputable art galleries; some which offer every style of international art, others exhibiting works from one region or one genre. A Native-American and an African-American facility are included in our Top 25, as well as a popular Boston sculptor’s co-op and a Hollywood Warhol hot spot.”

Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery won the distinction of Best Gallery Or Museum In Kansas, 2021, and one of American Art Awards 25 Best American Galleries / Museums.

American Art Awards: “For over 60 years, the prized gallery on Bethany College’s campus has exhibited the masterpieces of Birger Sandzén as well as works from its permanent collection, historic and loaned exhibitions, and active contemporary artists in a variety of mediums. The legacy is timeless, the structure is both an important time capsule as well as an innovative contemporary showcase for the best artists in Kansas.”


The idea for a gallery to honor Birger Sandzén was initially launched in 1955 with the incorporation of the Birger Sandzén Memorial Foundation. The gallery originally contained ten exhibition areas which include two corridors, two large rooms, four smaller rooms, a sculpture hall and a library and opened to the public in 1957. The first exhibition was a retrospective of art by Birger Sandzén from 1910 to 1952.

The Sandzén Gallery exhibits artwork by its namesake, Birger Sandzén throughout the year. Works from its permanent collection, historic and loaned exhibitions, as well as active contemporary artists are also displayed.

Special programs, chamber music concerts, poetry readings, gallery talks and special member events are also a part of the yearly calendar.

The Gallery also actively loans paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture from the permanent collection for exhibitions in galleries and museums nationwide.

401 North First Street
P.O. Box 348
Lindsborg, Kansas 67456–0348
P: (785) 227–2220

ONE MINUTE AWARD VIDEO: annually awards 25 museums and galleries in Spring, and with their critique in Autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).




Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.