An art exhibit featuring Luther College alumnus Wendell Arneson will be on display Oct. 28-Dec. 13, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.
Luther will host a gallery reception for the artist at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Kristen Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit and the gallery reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Arneson's paintings explore the place between the known and the unknown. He explains, "I am interested in work that resides in both objective and non-objective worlds. I am equally attracted to the gesture and the non-descriptive mark as well as the power and ambiguity of symbol and image. Art, for me, does not provide answers but rather provokes questions and seeks possibilities."
"I am an image-maker and interested in the juxtaposition of images that, for me, evoke time, place, memory, fragility, strength, journey and hope. Through the process of discovery I seek clarity while honoring mystery and ambiguity."
Arneson's works have been exhibited widely including in the Toledo Museum of Art, Van Wert Museum of Art, Wichita Art Center, Hillstrom Museum and the Rochester Art Museum. They have also been shown in numerous public and private collections, as well as corporate collections of the Ford Motor Corporation, 3M Corporation and the First Bank Corporation. He is represented by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.
He has been honored with the Major Drawing Award from the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio, and the Major Painting Award from Watercolor USA at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Mo. Arneson has also completed several research grants, taking him to Italy, Ireland, France, the British Isles, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has participated in the Art in Embassies Program in Oslo, Norway, and Rwanda, Africa.
Arneson received a bachelor's degree from Luther in 1968. He went on to receive his art education certification from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University.
Arneson is currently a professor of art at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. He specializes in painting, drawing and color design.