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On Display from April 7 - May 13: Emerging Artists’ Exhibition

Join us for a celebration of emerging artistic talent from throughout the Driftless Region. We are pleased to unveil the best of the best artworks created by emerging artists (ages 18-25) who submitted work for consideration in this annual juried exhibition.

For more information about applying to participate in the exhibition, visit the ‘Emerging Artists’ Exhibition’ page on our website. Deadline to apply is March 3!

NEW FEATURE POET: Athena Kildegaard: Poetry Slam

The ArtHaus Poetry Slam is a not-to-be-missed Decorah event, welcoming anyone to participate.  Emceed by local celebrities, highlighting poet Athena Kildegaard as featured artists, and welcoming all to participate in the non-competitive “Original Voices,” (3 minutes or less of your own poetry) or the “Slam” (a good-natured competition complete with prizes and Applause-o-Meter), ArtHaus Poetry Slams are not-to-be-missed, likely-to-sell-out Decorah events.

Call ArtHaus at 563-382-5440 or sign up online to perform. Recommended for adults, ages 16 and up.

Featuring Dr. Kate Elliott: Arts Off-Campus with Dr. Kate Elliott

Come to listen and learn with dynamic and thought-provoking conversations where Luther College Humanities faculty share their research and ideas with the community in the cozy setting of ArtHaus.

Dr. Kate Elliott is Associate Professor of Art History at Luther College. She is interested in issues surrounding the representation of Native Americans.
She will speak about a pair of illustrated beer trays produced in 1902 to advertise Mankato, Minnesota’s short-lived Standard Brewing Company. Backed by out-of-town financiers, Standard Brewing was anxious to break into the lucrative Minnesota beer market. They launched an aggressive advertising campaign, which included issuing trays emblazoned with images of the 1862 execution of the Dakota 38, condemned to death for their assumed involvement in the U.S. Dakota-War of 1862. From a 21st century perspective, the image is chilling, but it points to a more specific and predatory side of cultural appropriation in advertising. She’ll talk more about how and why a brewery might choose this kind of historical image in their advertisements.

On Display from May 26-July 14: Abstract Atmospheres: Jillian Webb Herrmann Reception

By using color relationships, vigorous brushstrokes, and texture, Jillian creates abstract atmospheres. “Some of my paintings are loosely representational,but I find abstraction to be one of the truest ways to connect to the painting and the viewer emotionally.” Jillian Webb Herrmann earned her BFA in from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today she paints from her rural farmhouse studio, where she lives with her husband, baby girl, and runaway collie.

This event is sponsored by Art in the Park in Elkader, Iowa.

Plein Air Poetry Slam

Join us in the courtyard with poet Jim O’loughlin, faculty in the Languages and Literature Department at University of Northern Iowa. Registration to perform is available on our website.

On Display from July 21-August 4: State Fair Bound: Winneshiek County 4-Hers

Every year Winneshiek County 4-Hers present their best project-based learning work to be judged, with the potential of making it to the Iowa State Fair. Among the quilts, the jams, and the pigs, are a handful of visual arts projects that get to make the trip. See the State Fair Bound Visual Arts projects before they head to Des Moines.

Seeking Sponsor: New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble

The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble is excited to return to the Midwest for an expanded tour in our second season. Dalton Harris (trombone), Yakima Fernandez (violin), and Clara Byom (clarinet/piano) will be performing chamber and solos music, often accompanied with electronics, by the past century’s most prolific and creative composers from throughout the Americas.

On display August 10 - September 29: The Preview: Artists of the 2017 Northeast Iowa Studio Tour

Special pre-tour exhibition of the latest artworks created by the Tour Artists. A unique opportunity to preview the artists’ work in person to help plan your tour route.

Sponsored by Upstart Crow Theatre Works: The Cemetery Walk

Upstart Crow Theatreworks presents a moving and fascinating look at Decorah’s history in beautiful Phelps cemetery. Audience members take a guided tour among costumed bringing to life a wide variety of characters from from Decorah’s past. Tours leave every 15minutes. Tickets available at the gate, with proceeds to benefit the Porter House Museum.