Alumni Reunion Artists in the Luther Fine Arts Collection

by Luther College Alumni
Preus Library
October 16 - November 8, 2015

Alumni Reunion Artists was curated by senior art student Anna Johnson ('16), and features works with a variety of different media, including painting, etching, ceramics and metal sculpture. All of the works on view in the Alumni Reunion show are part of Luther’s Fine Arts Collection, curated by Luther’s art historian, Dr. Kate Elliott (over 200 of the 1,938 pieces in the Fine Arts Collection were created by alumni artists). For more information about the Fine Arts Collection, please visit the Fine Arts Collection website.

Artists included in this year’s show are: Becky Franklin (‘05), Ashley Dull (‘05), Tom Maakestad (‘80), Laura Hampton  (‘80), Douglas Olmsted Freeman (‘75), Jane Rekedal (‘75), Sonja Martinson Juffer (‘75), Susan McGilvrey (‘75), Kirsten Lauridsen Renehan (‘70), John Onkka (‘70), Dale Raddatz (‘70), Paula Berg Owen (‘70), John A. Knudsen (‘60), and Herbørn Gausta (1875).

There is another exhibit located in the display case outside of the Kristin Wigley-Flemming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts also containing alumni art in particular the art of Marguerite Wildenhain and the "Pond Farmers" (see below). 

Wildenhain, Pond Farm, and Luther College

Marguerite Wildenhain was a Bauhaus-trained potter who immigrated to America and settled in Guerneville, California. From 1947 to 1980, her Pond Farm studio was the site of summer workshops that attracted potters throughout the country, including former Luther art faculty Dean Schwartz. Several Luther students also studied with Wildenhain, and her relationship to the College grew, so much so that in 1969 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Luther.  The Luther College Fine Arts Collection contains 74 ceramic pieces and 38 drawings by Wildenhain, along with 41 works of art created by "Pond Farmers" who studied with Wildenhain. Fifteen of the "Pond Farm" works in the Fine Arts Collection were created by Luther alumni.

2015-2016 Alumni Artists