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Events

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!

Cringe Night

What could be better than reading your teenage diary to a room full of strangers? Dig yours out and come share aloud. Accompanying photos, props, and BYOB welcome. Hosted by local author, June Melby, there will be lots of laughing, a few tears, and hey, it’s cheaper than therapy!

Featuring David Wright and Marci Rae Johnson: Poetry Slam

The ArtHaus Poetry Slam is a not-to-be-missed Decorah event, welcoming anyone to participate.  Emceed by local celebrities, highlighting poets and partners David Wright and Marci Rae Johnson 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

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.