Prints by Orville Running
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
September 5 - October 15, 2003
There will be a Gallery Reception and Presentation of Portrait Bust on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome.
For nearly four decades printmaking was a vital part of the Luther College art experience, a period that virtually coincided with Orville Running's presence in the art department. During that time, lessons from the print studio informed and enriched the lives of countless students, whether or not their calling was in art. They learned about craftsmanship and responsibility, and gained a healthy respect for tools, materials, and ideas. For some students, printmaking was more than a class. John Knudsen, Lennis Moore, Carl Homstad, and Larry Welo became professional printmakers. Their work, along with that of their teacher, Orville Running, is an important chapter in the story of art at Luther College. The current exhibit recognizes the school's printmaking legacy and provides visual evidence that good teaching creates lasting impressions.
In 1946, Orville Running left Christ Lutheran Church in Chicago, a parish he had served for six years, to begin work at Luther College. His duties included teaching art education and studio, two courses in Bible, and giving regular chapel talks. During his tenure, an art major was instituted (1957) and the department expanded to a faculty of four. Although Mr. Running retired in 1976, he continued to teach printmaking as a part-time instructor for several additional years. In his role as college artist, he designed the meditation chapel (now a study room) in Brandt Hall; altars for the Center for Faith and Life, C.K. Preus Gymnasium and the field house; the installation on the planetarium wall in Valders Hall of Science; the college's centennial seal; the book jacket for the college's centennial history (Luther College 1861-1961, by David T. Nelson '12), and countless background sets for the annual Messiah concert. He also produced numerous prints and paintings, some of which can still be purchased from his home near the Luther campus. His prints can be found in virtually every state and several foreign countries. Mr. Running holds a BA from St. Olaf College, a CT from Luther Theological Seminary, a MFA from the University of Iowa, and a DFA from St. Olaf College. He had additional study at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League in New York City, and the University of Minnesota. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Art/College Artist at Luther College.
In 2000, John Knudsen retired from William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, IL, where he had been teaching since 1967. In 1974, he received a sabbatical leave to study in Paris at Atelier 17, the internationally famous intaglio workshop of S.W. Hayter. He returned to Europe in 1978 with seven of his own students for extended study and travel. His work has been included in several shows, including national print exhibitions in Ohio, New York, North Dakota, Maryland, and Connecticut. On four different occasions he has been included in exhibits hosted by the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1981 his work was reviewed in The New Art Examiner. In addition to his degree from Luther College, Mr. Knudsen holds a MFA. from the University of Iowa.
Lennis Moore is an artist, illustrator, and designer living in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where he has served as chief executive officer of the Midwest Old Theshers Reunion since 1978. His woodcuts have been included in several shows and currently grace the Iowa Governor's Mansion at Terrace Hill in Des Moines. In 1993 his prints and studio were featured in American Artist Magazine. In 2002 he created a special woodcut that was used for the Governor and First Lady's holiday card and sent to 20,000 people. Mr. Moore served as the design artist for the Iowa state quarter selection committee, and is one of 38 people appointed by Governor Vilsack to serve as a member of the steering committee for Imagine Iowa 2010.
Carl Homstad has lived in rural Decorah since 1970. In addition to his degree from Luther College, he has studied at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria, and spent a year doing independent study in Europe (1979). He has become well known throughout the Midwest for his prints, paintings, and murals. His work has been included in numerous exhibits, and he has also created commissioned work for books and magazines, including The Artist's Magazine (May 1986). In 1995 he received a grant from the Iowa Arts Council to collaborate with writer Michael Carey on An Iowa Alphabet of Trees, which was later incorporated into Carey's book Carpenter of Song (c. 1998). In 1998 Mr. Homstad received a Distinguished Service Award from Luther College.
Larry Welo has worked as a professional artist/printmaker since 1976. He operated a studio in Minneapolis until 1994 when he relocated to Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. His work has been included in several exhibits and earned numerous awards, including best of show in printmaking at the Brookside Art Annual in Kansas City, MO, and an award of excellence from the 37th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art in Chautauqua, NY. In 1993 he was recognized in Print magazine's Regional Design Annual, receiving an award of excellence for his cover design for the North American Review (Sept./Oct., 1992). Several collections contain Mr. Welo's prints, including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.