Mixed-media work by Elsa (Otte) Hammond (’62), Paul Otte (’63) and Daniel Otte (’63)
Center for Faith and Life
October 16 – December 6, 2015
There will be a gallery reception on Saturday, October 17th, 11:00am-12:00pm in the Center for Faith and Life (upper level). The reception is free and all are welcome to attend.
Elsa (Otte) Hammond, Paul Otte, and Daniel Otte are siblings who were all born in South Africa as the third generation of Norwegian and German missionaries. They are also second-generation graduates from Luther College, following in the footsteps of their father, Carl (’25) and an uncle who together came straight from the South African bush to the Luther campus.
Elsa earned a nursing degree at Waldorf College, then finished her BA at Luther with a major in biology and a minor in art. For many years she painted theatrical backdrops for the Northfield (MN) Arts Guild. She later received her Masters in the Worship Arts and also began to paint with oils. Her extensive travels often include teaching others about art and design, and conducting banner-making workshops. She currently lives in Minneapolis.
Paul earned his BA in biology at Luther College, and the following year earned an English major from Augustana College. In 1977 he settled in Eugene, Oregon, after returning from South Africa where he had taught himself batiking (the creation of imagery on fabric through the use of wax resist and colored dyes). He has taught batik with budding young artists through the Eugene Artist-in-the-Schools Elementary Program and workshops in other venues.
Daniel earned his BA at Luther as a biology major and art minor. He then received a PhD in zoology at the University of Michigan, and currently serves as Curator Emeritus at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Professor of Biology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is an expert on crickets and grasshoppers, and has discovered more than 1600 new species throughout the world. He is also well-known for his scientific illustrations, and has several publications to his credit.
All three siblings have regularly returned to South Africa, where the history, geography and culture of the region have influenced much of their creative work.