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“Finding the Hjemland: Herbjørn Gausta and the Immigrant American Artist Experience”- a virtual event

August 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Gausta’s Paining of the Upper Iowa River from the Luther Fine Arts Collection

We continue to highlight artist Herbjørn Gausta in our exhibit:
“Gausta from the Vesterheim Collection”-It can be viewed at Livsreise now through April 2022!!

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Born on June 16, 1854 on the Gausta farm in Vestfjørddalen, Telemark, Norway, Herbjørn Nilsen Gausta immigrated with his family to America at age twelve. He settled with his parents and four sisters on a farm hear Harmony, Minnesota. Gausta entered a training program for parochial school teachers at Luther College in 1872, but left for Norway three years later on a stipend provided by the Decorah community under the leadership of U.V. Koren. Throughout the late 1800s, Gausta traveled between Norway and the Upper Midwest, painting portraits of prominent Norwegian-American individuals, religious works, and genre scenes depicting life in the two regions.

Dr. Kate Elliot, our presenter-

Dr. Kate Elliott joined the Luther Faculty in 2010, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Curator of the Fine Arts Collection. She teaches the range of Art History courses at Luther including the two-semester Survey of Western Art, American Art, Art of the 20th century, Contemporary Art and Ethics (a Paideia II course), Native American, and Nineteenth-century Art.
She is currently working on a project concerning Herbjørn Gausta, the Norwegian-American painter. who immigrated to America in 1867


August 11, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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