In 2021-2022, Vesterheim presented the exhibit An Artist’s Journey: Carl Homstad, 50 Years.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Carl Homstad attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. After graduating with a BA in art in 1973, he stayed in northeast Iowa. His journey as an artist, though, has taken him across the world while exploring media from carved woodcut prints to watercolor and oil paintings.

Homstad is an award-winning artist who has exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows. His work is the in the permanent collections of several Midwest institutions, and his murals are on walls in more than thirty communities. He has also supervised more than one hundred murals in public schools.

Carl said: The retrospective exhibition covered 50 years of work. It presented the journey of a career artist: the way I learned my craft, what and where I studied, and the ways I was able to make art my livelihood. It also illustrated actual journeys I made to understand the art and landscapes of other places, from Alaska to Austria, Japan and China to New Zealand. But it was more than that. It followed my journey through life as a person, and how philosophies and theologies affected me. I hope the gallery talks and video presentations of this exhibit give you a chance to join me on this journey. I welcome you along.

Enjoy a filmed gallery talk by artist Carl Homstad here.

Enjoy video recordings of the Virtual Tours and Live Q&As that Carl presented while the exhibit was open.
Part 1 Travel Journeys here.
Part 2 Career Journeys here.
Part 3 Life Journeys here.


This exhibit was supported by William and Kathi Wild, Decorah Bank & Trust, and Anonymous with additional support from Peggy Beatty, Brenda Carlson, Mary Jo Finholt, Barb Gavle, Melinda Hanson, Elea Jourdan, Kris Kratz, Elise Mullen, Linda Quaas, Leslie Sand, and Joann Voltmer.

Homstad Exhibit