Artist Christopher Cudworth displays solo art exhibit at Luther College

September 16, 2019

From now through Oct. 6, artist Christopher Cudworth "˜79 will be displaying a 40-piece solo exhibit in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

The exhibition titled, "Road Trip" features acrylic, watercolor and pastel pieces inspired by Cudworth's road trips across the Midwest, with many set in Decorah. Half of the fine art pieces are presented in antique window panes and mostly feature landscapes, cityscapes and everyday scenes.

Cudworth's pieces explore ideas of memory, experience and place through reflection on his own life and travels.  

"I'm particularly fascinated with the idea that so much of what we absorb in this world is casual and unintentional," said Cudworth. "This work is a study of how we process or remember those experiences."

The antique window frames, which Cudworth salvaged from the roadside, reinforce the nostalgic mood of the exhibition, as well as a sense of reclamation of the past. Cudworth said his collection was, in many ways, influenced by his time spent as a student at Luther.

"From the backroads on which I ran thousands of miles in cross country and track, to the sunsets I watched in winter over the Oneota Valley, I have carried those memories with me all these years," said Cudworth.

Cudworth hoped the pieces would encourage others to reflect and fully absorb their own experiences and travels.

A reception for the exhibit and artist will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, during Luther's Homecoming weekend, in the upper level of the Center for Faith and Life.

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