Kansas Artist, the esteemed Kansas artist, Birger Sandzen lived three lives in one as a painter, educator and crusader for art. He was born in Blidsberg, Sweden, on February 5, 1871 and grew up in a home where music, art and literature were loved and appreciated. In 1881 he began attending a boy's school in Skara, Sweden. He decided to become a professional painter and moved to Stockholm and later to Lindsborg, Kansas. He founded Bethany College there.