'Rare Forms' art exhibit on display at Luther

Bronze sculptures by Amy Goldman on display through October 2017 at Luther College
"Rare Forms," an exhibit created by artist Amy Goldman on display at Luther College, features 17 bronze cast sculptures of heirloom plant varieties made using the lost wax casting process. Each individual sculpture is a replica of a plant grown in her own garden. Her artwork is made to celebrate the vast array of diversity found in plants not only in her personal garden, but around the world.

The display, on display through October is located outside the Wigley-Fleming Gallery in Center for the Arts on the Luther campus. The display is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Goldman created the bronze collection of some of her favorite plants, stating "all of these ones are the ones I wanted to live forever."

"Since 1990 she has worked to save and distribute the seeds of heirloom vegetables, the kind that immigrants brought to America sewn into hatbands and dress hems. Many heirloom varieties have been handed down like family jewels, and in the last five years, Dr. Goldman has spread the preservationist message with several books and art exhibitions," says Eliza Strickland in the July 2005 issue of the New York Times.

Goldman is one of America's preeminent gardeners and is a patron of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah. Her mission statement says, "to celebrate and catalogue the magnificent diversity of standard, open-pollinated varieties, and to promote their conservation." Goldman is not only a passionate gardener, but is also an author, artist and philanthropist living in Hudson Valley, New York.

This exhibition is made possible through a collaboration between the Luther College Fine Arts Collection and Seed Savers Exchange, whose mission is to "conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants." Seed Savers Exchange is located in Decorah and is open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit their website: http://www.seedsavers.org/visit.

The project was curated by Fine Arts Collection intern, Sam Lahey, Luther junior. "Through this project I enjoyed the connection to Seed Savers and strengthening the relationship between Luther and community organizations/businesses. Being able to learn about preparing displays, logistics of getting shows together, and the world of heirloom plants has been invaluable. I have been most inspired by the amount of art that Luther has and takes pride in displaying around campus. Working for the Fine Arts Collection has given me unique opportunities to learn and develop as an artist," said Lahey.

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.