2020 Folk Art Study Tour:

Looking Back, Looking Forward

June 16-28, 2020

This tour has been canceled. Vesterheim is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Find more info and updates here.

Vesterheim invites practicing folk artists and folk-art enthusiasts to join us in 2020! We will explore and study traditional and contemporary Norwegian folk art of the past, the present, and even consider future folk-art exploration.

Join us as we journey through southern Norway from Bergen to Oslo, experiencing the beauty of the Hordaland, Ullensvang, and Telemark regions, while studying both traditional and contemporary examples of knifemaking, woodworking, rosemaling, textiles, jewelry, and folk music.

The tour will include museum visits, presentations by scholars, studio visits with traditional and contemporary artists, historic sightseeing, and some unique hands-on immersive experiences. At every point along the way, we’ll delight in the spectacular scenery, delicious food, and warm hospitality that is Norway.

Mona Stenseth Erlandsen working in her Porsgrunn studio

Reserve Your Spot on Tour

Download the form below, print and send it, with a $500 deposit per person, to:

Vesterheim, P.O. Box 379
Decorah, IA 52101

For more information about upcoming tours:

Katherine Johnson
563-382-9681, ext. 240

Tour Guide and Leader

GUIDE: Ingebjørg Monsen

Ingebjørg has guided every Vesterheim textile tour since 2003 and we are excited that she has expanded her knowledge into Norwegian folk arts to guide this 2020 folk art tour. She was an electrical engineer by profession, but enjoys a second career of teaching weaving and sewing classes with a specialty in constructing men’s folk costumes. She has been president of the Bergen Handcraft Association and planned and led tours for that group.

LEADER: Lea Lovelace

Lea brings over a decade of museum education experience to her position as Vesterheim Director of Folk Art Education, including working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Lea co-founded ArtHaus, Decorah’s home for visual and performing arts, in 2008 and served as co-director until 2014. Most recently she served as adjunct faculty for Luther College, teaching in the Visual and Performing Arts Department where she had the opportunity to develop and co-lead several month-long study courses abroad.

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