As well as being a part of a community of artists on campus, Luther students are encouraged to explore the arts in the Decorah area where there are numerous opportunities to visit with local artists, exhibit artwork, and take part in other events.
ArtHaus in downtown Decorah offers creative programs and professional instruction in visual, performing, and literary arts for students of all ages. ArtHaus also hosts free and low-cost events throughout the year such as film showings, poetry slams, gallery openings, wine tastings, theatre, dance, and live music. Luther art students have been involved with ArtHaus through classes, exhibitions, volunteering and internship opportunities.
The Clay Studio
The Clay Studio is a 'paint your own pottery' and community ceramics studio, another place in Decorah that offers classes and activities working with clay for all skill levels and ages.
D.ART Co, or the Driftless Arts Collective, (formerly the Decorah Regional Arts Council) is an arts council that covers the Driftless Region's Tri-State area - Northeast Iowa, Southeast Minnesota, and Southwest Wisconsin. Their mission is to empower the people and artists of the region to network and foster partnerships so they can together create stronger art-related events, cultural activities, and educational opportunities in the region. D.ART Co funds ArtHaus and the annual Oneota Film Festival.
Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum
The Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah is a museum and a cultural center that offers classes and events throughout the year. Luther’s art history classes regularly make use of the Vesterheim collections. Admission is for for Luther Students.
The many art museums in the Twin Cities, about 160 miles from Decorah, are often a destination for art department trips. Between the Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis has several internationally renowned art institutions.