April 6-May 23 Alaskana exhibit in Preus Library to honor retiring professor/librarian Jane Kemp

March 18, 2010

Alaskan ivory carvings and crafts from the Don and Jane Kemp Collection will be on display April 6–May 23 in Preus Library on the campus of Luther College.

The exhibit, from the Luther College Fine Arts Collection, is presented in thanks and recognition of the stewardship of Jane Kemp, Luther professor of library and information studies who will retire at the end of the 2009-10 academic year.

The Don and Jane Kemp Collection includes various objects of Alaskana, especially small ivory animals and spruce root and grass baskets made by native Alaskans. The exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Don and Jane Kemp gathered the pieces of the collection during the 1960s and 1970s when they lived in Juneau, Alaska. Most of the collection was purchased at the ANAC Cache (Alaska Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative), an outlet for native Alaska arts and crafts in Juneau.

A gallery reception will be held Tuesday, May 11 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Hovde Lounge of Preus Library on the Luther campus. The event will also serve as a retirement reception hosted by the library in honor of Jane Kemp.

Since 1989, Jane has supervised the Luther College Fine Arts Collections, and under her supervision, the collection has increased from approximately 300 pieces to over 1,500 works of art.

During her time at Luther, Jane has served as the circulation librarian, library department head, supervisor of the fine arts collection, and professor in the college’s Paideia I program.

The late Don Kemp joined the faculty of Luther College in 1978 as the director of the social work program. He retired from Luther in 1997, the same year he received the social worker of the year award from the National Association of Social Works, Iowa Chapter. Don died in 2003.

For more information about the collection, visit the website http://finearts.luther.edu/named_collections/kemp.html.


Ivory piece from Kemp Collection