by Douglas Eckheart
September 29 - October 21, 2011
There will be a Gallery Reception on Saturday, October 16, 2011 following the Homecoming football game, around 3:30 p.m. All are welcome
Professor Emeritus Douglas Eckheart taught art at Luther College for forty years, before retiring at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. He earned his BA degree at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and his MFA degree at Bowling Green University in Ohio. His work has been presented in over 75 solo shows and 40 group shows in locations such as New York, Chicago and Des Moines. He has also shown his work internationally in Malta and Norway. Doug has been featured in American Artist magazine and on Iowa Public Television’s series, Living in Iowa. Since his retirement, he has opened a combined gallery/studio in downtown Decorah where he continues to produce art and offers workshops in both watercolor and painting.
Other work by Luther-related artists on display at this time include ceramics by Randy Carlson (’76) on the main floor of Preus Library; a group exhibit of ceramics from the Luther College Fine Arts Collection featuring pieces created by Luther alumni who also studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Studio on the upper floor of Preus Library; a painting and print exhibit by Emily Gilbertson (’04) on the upper level of the Center for Faith and Life; and a group alumni show in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts.
"This group of works was created during 2009-2010 and up to March 2011. They celebrate 150 years of this college. They commemorate my own 40-year call to serve here as Professor of Visual Art, department head, coach & advisor. I believe this work is some of the best I have created in my 50-year career as an Artist.
The Sesquicentennial Committee directive was to 'paint campus scenes.' The general areas and views of campus were agreed upon by the artist and the committee members.
I proceeded to compose a series of campus scenes with an eye toward various seasons, time of day or night, and mood or expression of the moment in a particular light. The Martin Luther Statue was a unique challenge. I chose to paint him in a natural bronze color, renewed for the 150th without the dark green patina. Perhaps, it may stimulate a “renew” Martin movement.
My hope is you enjoy these paintings. May they enrich and enliven your memories and reconnect you to this special place: Luther College.
Soli deo Gloria"
- Douglas Eckheart, Professor Emeritus/Art