Zuppke en la Playa: Sketches of a Gridiron Great

Curated by Tom Kuipers and Azaan Qureshi

Robert Zuppke was born on July 2, 1879 in Berlin, Republic of Germany. He was a former University of Illinois football coach from 1913 to 1941 with a very impressive season record, holding undfeated titles in 1914 and 1923. Zuppke was also a lifetime artist, creating several pieces for his school's yearbook in his younger years as a student and painting landscapes during his freetime as a coach, much of which is of the Arizona desert scenery.

This exhibit focuses on Robert Zuppke's life as a football coach and painter, delving into his many accomplishments on the field and his passion for art. Additionally, this exhibit will focus on Zuppke's time in Havana, Cuba during 1946, including his relationship with Ernest Hemingway with a special focus on the sketches he produced during his visit.