Art & Identity Campaign Kickoff is November 21

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You’re invited to an Art & Identity campaign kickoff to meet the artists and view original artwork available for sponsorship. More than 25 pieces are available for sponsorship, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Each unique work was created for the Hagfors Center by area artists, including alumni, faculty, and staff.

Art & Identity Campaign Kickoff
Monday, November 21
9-11 a.m.
Courtyard Marriott, East Town Ballroom
1500 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454

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Learn more about this artful articulation of Augsburg’s mission and see some of the first artwork available for sponsorship at the Art & Identity Campaign page.

Finding Art in Pooling Brokenness

Barb MikelsonThree years ago at Valley of Peace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minn., three parishioners responded to their pastor’s request to take on a Lenten art project, and create a mosaic for their church entry. Led by Barb Mikelson ’71, the committee also included Emilie Moravec ’07 and Jon Daniels ’88—all three Auggies.

full-mosaicInspired by a mosaic being produced by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, they did their homework, learning how to break and cut ceramics and tile, use a tile nipper, and manage grout. They discussed methods, materials, timing, and logistics—and worked on theme and design, eventually deciding to focus on 2 Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” The design, primarily Mikelson’s work, echoed the stained glass window design in the sanctuary, created by an Augsburg professor, the late August Molder, and incorporating the rainbow colors symbolic of a parish that identifies as a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Continue reading “Finding Art in Pooling Brokenness”

Artist Tom Peter Gives Augsburg Elms New Life

Campus quadIn early August, two of the three remaining elm trees in Augsburg’s quad were removed in an effort to save the third tree from Dutch Elm disease. Tom Peter, a local certified arborist and wood-turning artist, reserved some of the wood to be transformed into pieces of art available to alumni and friends of the College.

"First Fruits Vessel" - a donation to the College by the artist Tom Peter.
“First Fruits Vessel” – a donation to the College by the artist Tom Peter.

Peter takes pride in giving an ever-lasting voice to the trees, and is honored to have been chosen for the project. He has made a gift to the College of a vessel, inset with a medallion (at left). His work carries the history of the trees’ beautiful past and can be seen for decades to come. This piece and others will be available for viewing at the Taste Of Augsburg in Murphy Park on Saturday, October 10.

Branch art_PeterThe elms created wonderful character of space in the quad for decades, and have helped inspire our longer-term visioning of the central campus as a larger green space that, over time, becomes an even more significant component of campus life.

To learn more about Augsburg’s urban arboretum and how you may own a wood-turned creation from the elm trees, please contact Amanda Storm Schuster, Director of Leadership Gifts at 612-330-1098 or schustea@augsburg.edu.