DECORAH, Iowa — For a half century, the Folk Art School at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum has been sharing the artistry and skills of Scandinavian folk art with all of those who love making things with their hands. Now Vesterheim is celebrating that golden anniversary with the special exhibition, “50 Years of Folk Art,” on view September 3, 2016 through April 23, 2017.
Learn about Norwegian folk arts, explore how Vesterheim has helped preserve and promote them, and imagine what the future holds for Norwegian-American folk arts. The exhibition also features the works of artists who have taught and studied here.
Launched by previous director Marion Nelson, the Vesterheim Folk Art School began in 1967 just as traditional American and ethnic arts and crafts were becoming very popular. Visit the exhibition to discover more about this unique community and how it has supported creativity, cultural exchange, and growth for so many people over the last 50 years!
Support for this exhibition provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts; Veronna and John Capone; Ron Hovda; and additional support from Rockwell Collins, Jeff and Mary Ellen Anderson, Norsk Illinois Rosemalers Assoc., and Shirley and Earl Evenstad.
Through 33,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This treasure is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year.
For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.