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Artist Carl Homstad’s exhibit at Vesterheim museum includes upcoming themed online events
Feb. 23, 2022 6:00 am
DECORAH — Join artist Carl Homstad for virtual tours and live question-and-answer sessions online with Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, in connection with the Vesterheim exhibition “An Artist’s Journey: Carl Homstad, 50 Years.”
This retrospective exhibition covers 50 years of Homstad’s work. It highlights three passages or journeys — his travel journey, his journey as a career artist, and his journey through life as a person.
Each event corresponds with one of his journey themes. The first is on March 1 and will focus on his career and life journey. The second is on April 5 and will focus on his travel journey. The third is on May 10 and will focus on his journey as a career artist. Each event is at 2 p.m. and includes a virtual exhibit tour video and live sessions with Homstad.
The free events require preregistration for a Zoom link at vesterheim.org to sign up.
“Homstad is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker with a relaxed and warm personality,” said Vesterheim Chief Curator Laurann Gilbertson. “Whether you are already a fan of his art or new to his work, Carl will give you something to think about, from artist technique to life philosophy. His prints and paintings are always a joy to view.”
Born in Denver, Colo., Homstad attended Luther College in Decorah. After graduating with a BA in art in 1973, he stayed in northeast Iowa. However, his journey as an artist has taken him across the world while exploring media from carved woodcut prints to watercolor and oil paintings.
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 also has supervised more than 100 murals in public schools.
Homstad’s exhibit will be on view at Vesterheim through May 30. The museum is currently open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.