DECORAH — Artist Carl Homstad continues online virtual tours and live Q&A sessions Tuesday at 2 p.m. as part of “An Artist’s Journey: Carl Homstad, 50 Years” exhibit in Vesterheim, the National Norwegian- American Museum and Folk Art School. The free event requires prior registration. Sign up at vesterheim.org to receive a Zoom link.
The 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.
Print making process by Carl Homstad. (Vesterheim Museum)
The events of Homstad’s virtual tour correspond to one of his exhibition trail themes, and this tour focuses on his journey as a career artist. The third virtual tour will take place on May 10 and will focus on her life journey.
“Homstad’s virtual tours are delightful and we’re thrilled that he’s sharing more of his career as an artist,” said Vesterheim’s chief curator, Laurann Gilbertson. “Whether you are already a fan of his art or new to his work, Carl will give you food for thought, from the artist’s technique to the philosophy of life. His prints and paintings are always a pleasure to see,” a- she added.
Homstad is also teaching an in-person class at the Vesterheim Folk Art School from April 28 to May 1. inking and printing techniques and skills. Registration is done online at vesterheim.org/folk-art-school and local residents can apply for a 60% discount for waiting.
Born in Denver, Colorado, Homstad attended Luther College in Decorah. After graduating with a BA in Art in 1973, he stayed in northeast Iowa. His journey as an artist, however, has taken him around the world while exploring media, from carved woodblock prints to watercolors and oil paintings.
Decorah Landscape by Carl Homstad. (Vesterheim Museum)
Homstad is an award-winning artist who has exhibited in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions. His work is in the permanent collections of several Midwestern institutions, including Vesterheim. His murals are on the walls of over 30 communities and he has also supervised over 100 murals in public schools.
This exhibition will be visible in Vesterheim until May 30. The museum is currently open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.