John Bergmeier art exhibit to run through May 23 in CFL

March 11, 2010

“Printing and Mixed-Media,” an exhibit of artwork by John Bergmeier, will be on display March 30–May 23 in the Center of Faith and Life.

“Printing and Mixed-Media” contains original prints, monotypes and mixed media works on paper.

A gallery reception for John Bergmeier will be held Wednesday, March 31 from 3- 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Center for Faith and Life.

Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

“My artwork is generally a result of working intuitively with various symbolic images and materials,” states Bergmeier. “I wish to represent and portray a mix of Biblical subject matter and religious themes, to create memorials that serve to remind us of the importance of living and the certainty of death.”

The artist said his work is inspired by his life’s experiences. His newest monotypes, based on the Biblical story of the raising to life of Jairus’ daughter, will also be displayed for the first time at Luther College.

“I am interested in the decisions that individuals make in their lives, the intertwining of so-called coincidences and the selective road that we all have to travel,” Bergmeier states. “This ‘road’ is depicted by the symbolic icons left behind:  images from old children's books, photographic images of family, various farm tools, etc., stimulating my imagination, memory and emotions.”

Bergmeier a resident of Pontiac, Mich., holds the bachelor of art degree from Hastings College and the master degree of Fine arts from Wichita State University. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Ann Arbor Art Center, Washington, D.C., and in foreign countries including Denmark and Mexico.

His work has been included in numerous prestigious exhibits including The Print 2009; Second International Prints for Peace, Leopoldo Carpinteyro Gallery, Mexico; Naestved International Exhibit of Contemporary Mini Prints; Washington Printmakers National Small Works 2009 and others.

For more information about Bergmeier, visit his website, http://www.johnbergmeier.com.