by David Kamm
Center for Faith and Life
March 7 - April 6, 2018
An art exhibit by David Kamm titled "Making Change" will be on display in the Center for Faith and Life from March 7 to April 6, 2018. The show will consist of three bodies of work that respond to issues of hate and violence. One body of work will be collages created from fragments of the White Man's Bible, a publication by a white supremacist group in Montana. The collages were created as a part of a larger project called Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, while Kamm was serving as an artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Background information on that project is available at www.speakingvolumes.net. Kamm's show will also include graphite drawings based on tracings of a .223 caliber cartridge casing, and mixed-media pieces that incorporate cartridge casings and crayons. Both of those bodies of work were created in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A Paideia Text and Issues Lecture titled Turn and Face the Strange: Creative Activity as a Catalyst for Change will be presented by Kamm and Lise Kildegaard, professor of English, on March 20 at 7pm in CRH. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge. All events are free and open to the public.
David Kamm is an assistant professor of art and the art gallery coordinator at Luther College. He also assists in the management of the Luther College Fine Arts Collection. Kamm received his BA degree in art education from Wartburg College in 1974. He received his MA degree in printmaking from the University of Iowa in 1986 and his MFA degree in printmaking in 1988.
Kamm has been a participant in a Fulbright Study Abroad project to Russia and two National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars. In 2004, he created a series of original woodblock prints for the book Marguerite Wildenhain: A Diary to Franz, compiled by Dean Schwarz and published by South Bear Press. In 2008 he was a member of the Institute of Lutheran Scholars at Harvard University, where he began an extended series of studio works based on Augustus Saint-Gauden's Robert Shaw Memorial, a Civil War monument located on Boston Common. In addition to his studio work and teaching, he has presented at several sessions of national art conferences, including the College Art Association and FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education). His article, "Riding the Light: Visual Thinking and the Constructive Mind," was published in the March 2011 issue of Future Forward, the official online journal of Integrative Teaching International.