Prints from the Collection of Larry Welo (LC '74)
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
October 20 - December 15, 2005
In celebration of Norway’s 100th Anniversary of independence, a selection of over 40 original prints by contemporary Norwegian printmakers will be displayed at Luther College from October 20 – December 15, 2005. Works on display at Luther represent a variety of printmaking processes, including etchings, lithographs, serigraphs, woodcuts and linocuts. Many depict the Norwegian countryside and all were created by artists who are either Norwegian by birth or have chosen to settle in Norway, making the country home.
The prints are on loan from Larry Welo (LC ’74), a professional printmaker whose studio is in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. Welo receives and displays prints from the Gulden Kunstverk, a Norwegian art gallery opened in 1985 by Walter Welo, who is Larry's brother. The gallery will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary in the fall of 2006 with the gala grand opening of a new gallery building on the property owned by Walter and his wife, Bibbi Lund. Larry Welo’s etchings will be featured in the grand opening exhibition. Walter moved to Norway in 1978 and has become one of Norway’s leading art dealers. The gallery is located 45 minutes from Oslo in the town of Steinberg, which is located on the outskirts of the city of Drammen.
Maureen Larson, a senior art major at Luther College, has served as guest curator and preparator for the exhibit, working closely with gallery coordinator David Kamm. She spent spring semester 2005 in Norway where she met Walter Welo and saw the work of several Norwegian artists in his gallery. During her time in Norway she also worked as a visiting artist during a one-week residency in a public school. Original prints created by the students who studied with her will be included in the Contemporary Norwegian Printmakers exhibit. Larson will share her experiences and offer comments on the exhibit to a group of professional weavers who will be attending a Conference on Norwegian Woven Textiles sponsored by Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Luther College October 21-23, 2005.