'Who Do You Trust' art exhibit

"Who Do You Trust," an art exhibit featuring the work of Jed Jackson, will be on display from Feb. 3 to March 15 in Luther College's Preus Library. The exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission.

This year's Paideia Texts and Issues theme, "Who Do You Trust," was developed by the Paideia Endowment Governing Board, the Religion department and the Visual and Performing Arts department. Drawing from a wide variety of texts from the arts, sciences and humanities, the series attempts to facilitate discussions of personal and institutional trust. Who or what are people predisposed to trust? Is trust a fundamental element of character, community or culture? What are the results of mistrust or betrayal?

The gallery features a collection of gouache on paper or board paintings that explore the "Who Do You Trust" theme. Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. According to the artist, "Often the works are metaphorical treatments of abuse of power and hubris; a theme that is very timely at the moment."

Gleaning inspiration from fashion magazines, movies, the literary world and a plethora of other 20th century cultural sources, Jackson incorporates these images and ideas with a keen sense of color to create paintings that are simultaneously rich in content and aesthetically dynamic.

Jackson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in Tennessee in 1977 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1980. He has taught painting, art history, art theory and criticism, and humanities courses at the college level for 35 years. Jackson is professor of painting at the University of Memphis, as well as author of the book "Art: A Comparative Study."

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.