The Luther College Collectors

Materials from the Luther College Collections
Preus Library, also displayed in Koren and Olin Buildings
April 1 - August 25, 2005

The various collections at Luther College have been enriched over the years by the activities and donations of several collectors. Objects from the Fine Arts, Anthropology/Ethnographic, and Geology Collections are represented in this exhibit. Knowing something of the history of individual collectors and their relationship to Luther College can enhance our understanding and appreciation for exhibited materials. Images on this page feature recent donations from Jutta Fischer (Herrmann) Anderson. Information on other collectors can be found within the exhibit. 

Jutta Anderson was born in Krefeld, Germany and in 1968 emigrated to the United States, where she became a citizen in 1973. She holds a master's degree in art history and art education from Johannes Gutenberg Universitat, Mainz, Germany, and has done post-graduate and graduate study in the areas of psychology, theology, and art history. In 1994 she was assistant professor of 20th century art history at Luther College. From January 1982-October 1995 she was First Lady of Luther College while the Rev. H. George Anderson served as President. 

Jutta's art-related activities have been extensive. She has made numerous presentations at workshops, classrooms, conferences and retreats, and assisted in writing two books and numerous journal articles with her late husband, Rolf-Dieter Herrman. In 1986-89 she chaired the Gerhard Marcks Centenary Committee at Luther College, and in 1991 became a member on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Arts Council, chairing that group's Artist Project Advisory Panel in 1993. She is a member of the advisory board for Christianity and the Arts, served as assistant editor for an issue that focused on "Arts and the Lutheran Tradition," and also wrote a quarterly column titled "Things Visible and Invisible." She is a charter member on the international Advisory Board for Finlandia University, and a member of the advisory committee for The ELCA Art Collection in Chicago.

In 1974 Rolf-Dieter Herrmann served a fellowship at the Australian National University in Canberra, accompanied by his wife, Jutta, and their two small children, Lars and Niels. While there, Jutta became very interested in the Aboriginal objects that adorned a friend's home. Galleries in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the Institute for Aboriginal Studies in Canberra, opened doors to collectors who were willing, in Jutta's words, "to entrust some of their treasures into our hands. I believe their hope was that this sacred art would speak for itself in its new American environment and add a missing dimension. Over the years the continued presence of these artifacts in my various homes (including the President's House on the Luther College campus) served as a reminder of that power that art has to teach us about worlds yet unfathomed." 

In 2004, Jutta donated her Australian Aboriginal objects to Luther College, in the hope "that this collection may have a similar effect on this school that is predominantly shaped by its European tradition and that it may instill in its students the desire to explore and value otherness." That gift was designated as the Lars Gunnar and Niels Holger (Hermann) Anderson Collection at Luther College. She also donated ten original woodcuts which together formed the Orpheus Portfolio by the artist Gerhard Marcks. The portfolio had previously been given to her late husband as a gift from his father, and is now designated as The Rolf-Dieter Herrmann Collection at Luther College.

2004-2005 The Luther College Collectors

materials from the Luther College Collections April 1 - August 25, 2005