Vesterheim features Homstad exhibit

An online preview of  "An Artist's Journey: Carl Homstad, 50 Years" is planned June 3.

Join Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, on Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m. for a sneak preview of the exhibition “An Artist’s Journey: Carl Homstad, 50 Years.”

This online event includes a gallery talk by artist Carl Homstad and a live question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Visit to sign up and receive a Zoom link.

This special exhibit will be on view at Vesterheim from June 5, 2021, through May 30, 2022. The museum is currently open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and starting June 1, it will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Carl Homstad attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. After graduating with a BA in art in 1973, he stayed in northeast Iowa. His journey as an artist, though, has taken him across the world while exploring media from carved woodcut prints to watercolor and oil paintings.

“An Artist’s Journey: Carl Homstad, 50 Years” highlights three passages. One is the journey of life, one is the journey of Homstad’s career as an artist, and one is the journey of journeys or the travels that have impacted his art.Homstad is an award-winning artist who has exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows. His work is in the permanent collections of several Midwest institutions, including Vesterheim. His murals are on walls in more than 30 communities, and he has also supervised more than 100 murals in public schools.

This exhibit is sponsored by William and Kathi Wild, Decorah Bank & Trust, and Anonymous, with additional support from Peggy Beatty, Brenda Carlson, Mary Jo Finholt, Barb Gavle, Melinda Hanson, Elea Jourdan, Kris Kratz, Elise Mullen, Linda Quaas, Leslie Sand, and Joann Voltmer.

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