Art Faculty Show

Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
September 7 – October 14, 2016

There will be a gallery reception on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery. All are welcome. 

There will be a diverse exhibit of works by Luther College Art Department faculty in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery (CFA) from September 10th to October 17, 2014. The show will feature work by those faculty in particular who are teaching studio art classes during the current academic year.

This year's exhibition includes installations by Richard Merritt, Luther College professor of art, and Joe Madrigal, assistant professor of art; paintings by Ben Moore, associate professor of art; drawings and mixed-media by David Kamm, gallery coordinator and assistant professor of art; photography by Aaron Lurth, director of Visual Media and art instructor, and wood carving by Harley Refsal, professor emeritus of Scandinavian folk art.

Luther College Art Faculty

Merritt's piece is titled, "…Now, Once More, With Feeling." In his artist's statement, he describes the installation as "an invitation to explore and participate. Using identifiable objects, sound, text and language, the viewer is tasked with internally constructing a narrative. It is my hope that viewers accept the opportunity and the work triggers reflection." A member of Luther's art faculty since 1998, Merritt holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Iowa.

Madrigal's work centers on clay but extends into other materials including plywood, insulation foam and plaster. The installation employs material and object sensitivity, occupying the imaginative space between the lived body and the objects encountered therein. Madrigal holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Illinois State University.

Moore's work explores contemporary painting language through landscape-inspired imagery. He has taught in Luther's Visual and Performing Arts department since 2008 and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Iowa.

Kamm will show work created in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the escalation of gun violence and mass killings in America. He holds Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees in printmaking from the University of Iowa.

Lurth's photography will be presented as a group of "anti-postcards" that capture unusual moments found in his travels, both locally and abroad. His photography has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Time magazine and The Des Moines Register. Lurth holds Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees in photography and graphic design from the University of Iowa.

Refsal's work utilizes the flat-plane style of Norwegian carving that he revived and for which he is well known. Refsal has received numerous awards in woodcarving, and in 1996 was decorated by the King of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian folk art.

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