DECORAH – The artist Carl Homstad connects online virtual tours and live quiz- and answer sessions continue. Pre-registration is required for the free event. Login to vesterheim.org to get a zoom link.
The retrospective exhibition covers 50 years of Homstad’s work. It highlights three passages or journeys – his journey of travel, his journey as a career artist, and his journey through life as a person.
Printmaking process by Carl Homstad. (Vesterheim Museum)
Homstad’s virtual tour events correspond to one of his exhibition tour themes, and this tour focuses on his journey as a career artist. The third virtual tour takes place on May 10th and focuses on his life journey.
“Homstad’s virtual tours are wonderful and we’re excited that he will share more about his career as an artist,” said Vesterheim’s Principal Curator Laurann Gilbertson. “Whether you’re 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. It’s always a pleasure to look at his prints and paintings,” she added.
Homstad will also personally teach a class at the Vesterheim Folk Art School from April 28 to May 1. In Making a Woodblock Print, students learn the basics of black and white woodblock printmaking and an introduction to color woodblock prints, including basic relief carving techniques and inking and printing skills. Registration is online at vesterheim.org/folk-art-school, and residents can apply for a 60 percent discount on a standby basis.
Homstad was born in Denver, Colorado and attended Luther College in Decorah. After graduating with a BA in Arts in 1973, he stayed in northeast Iowa. However, his journey as an artist has taken him around the world while exploring mediums from carved woodblock prints to watercolor and oil paintings.
Decorah landscape by Carl Homstad. (Vesterheim Museum)
Homstad is an award-winning artist who has exhibited in numerous juried and invited exhibitions. His work is in the permanent collections of several Midwestern institutions, including Vesterheim. His murals hang on walls in more than 30 communities, and he has also overseen more than 100 murals in public schools.
This exhibition can be seen in Vesterheim until May 30th. The museum is currently open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m