Robert Porter art exhibit on display at Luther Feb. 1–March 18

Jan. 15, 2010

“Robert Porter: A Retrospective Journey,” a collection of paintings by artist Robert Porter, will be on display Feb. 1–March 18 in the Center for Faith and Life. 

Luther will host a gallery reception Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life. Both the exhibit and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

As a child Porter experienced temporary blindness. His experience served as a catalyst for his appreciation for the world of art. He felt compelled to go outside of his own boundaries and limitations of darkness to explore the illusions of face.

Porter worked in mixed media, including textured acrylics, oils, sand, glass, wood pulp, photographs and found objects. His subjects were an examination of parts, a look at the whole vibration of the “thing” that makes it work. They reflect some of his own experiences as a jazz musician playing with the likes of Miles Davis, the Joffrey Ballet orchestra, Nell Carter and Art Blakey.

Porter wanted to instill a meaningful soul into his works in order to share moments of time, space and mood. He attempted to create works that reenact a familiarity; a feeling of knowing that everything is going to be all right. His works express the feeling that the blues are just a moment in time, followed by exceeding joy.

Porter came to understand his purpose in life as he realized God created him as a truly creative and powerfully artistic spirit who would touch the lives of everyone he encountered with hope. His goal was to place a sense of spirituality into a work of art, in order to share captured moments.  

Porter’s last show opened on Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, the day he died, with four of his 10 paintings exhibited selling during the opening reception.

His legacy is one of beauty and love. Emma Graeber Porter, Porter’s wife and a Luther College regent hopes those who will only meet him through his art will get a glimpse of the depth and breadth of his talent.