On Doubtful Sound painting by Carl Homstad

An Artist’s Journey: Carl Homstad, 50 Years

June 5, 2021 to May 30, 2022

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.

Artist Statement: This retrospective exhibition covers 50 years of work. It is 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 will illustrate 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 is more than that. It is my journey through life as a person, and how philosophies and theologies affected me. I hope you get a chance to join me on this journey, through the exhibit at Vesterheim.

Enjoy a filmed gallery talk by artist Carl Homstad here.


Join us for Virtual Tours and Live Q & A – An Artist’s Journey with Carl Homstad!

Find more information and Zoom registration link:
Part 1 Travel Journeys – Watch a video of this presentation here.
Part 2 Career Journeys – Watch a video of this presentation here.
Part 3 Life Journeys – Watch a video of this presentation here.

This exhibit is 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.