Internationally exhibited artist Joe Chesla on display at Luther College

An exhibit of rust and salt prints created by artist Joe Chesla will be on display from Oct. 22 through Dec. 2 in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

Chesla creates one-of-a-kind mineral infused rust and salt prints on specially treated fibrous paper from metal plates that are exposed to the natural processes of oxidization.

The artwork of Chelsa is a collaboration between artist and nature that reveals the hidden beauty of natural order and organic process and challenges conventional aesthetics, daring viewers to see art in his hybrids of nature and industrialization.  His aesthetic blends craftsmanship and technical expertise with the eastern sensibilities of balance, harmony, simplicity and economy of material.

Chesla's work has been exhibited across the country in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Hawaii and Las Vegas. In addition, he has held two exhibits in Shigaraki, Japan. 

Chesla lives and works in St. Louis where he is a professor and head of the sculpture department at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. He holds the Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University.

Chesla is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Utah State University Arts Grant and Utah Arts Council Grant, John Morgan Fellowship, and the George B. and Marie Eccles Caine Art Scholarship.