"Visible Vocations: Depictions of Service in the Luther College Fine Arts"

March 22 - May 23, 2004
Preus Library

There will be a Gallery Reception on May 7, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. in the Hovde Lounge, coinciding with the final Poems for Friday reading of the school year, and will include comments on the exhibit by David Kamm, Gallery Coordinator.

"Vocation" is a term that has been widely discussed at Luther College over the past three years. Much of the conversation has focused on defining vocation and understanding its relationship to career and occupation. Vocation lies at the intersection of the eternally perplexing questions, "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" Together, they echo the theme of Luther College's Sense of Vocation program: "What am I meant to do with my life?"

A variety of works from the Luther College Fine Arts Collection are included in the "Visible Vocations" exhibit. The paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures depict people in a variety of positions, ranging from extraordinary and public calls of leadership and service to the more ordinary, but no less noble, roles most of us perform. Works have been grouped into six general categories: religious callings, labor, the arts, leadership, exploration, and other. There is no hierarchy intended in the groupings, nor are they presented as comprehensive. Rather, they offer a unique lens for viewing the notion of vocation, and their range reflects as much as anything the pool of available artworks in the Fine Arts Collection.

This exhibit was made possible, in part, with support from the "A Sense of Vocation" program at Luther College. Conservation of the portrait, Martin Luther, was completed by the Upper Midwest Conservation Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Related to the "Visible Vocations" exhibit, a chapel talk will be given by Jane Kemp, Librarian and Supervisor of the Luther College Fines Arts Collection, on March 22. "Artistic Vocation: Arne Berger," will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

2003-2004 "Visible Vocations"