Härute - Out Here: Swedish Immigrant Artists in Midwest America



    The Lutheran Journal, Vol. 52, #1, 1985 - Erwin Weber


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, the Art Department organized an exhibit from the permanent collection of the college titled, "Härute - Out Here: Swedish Immigrant Artists in Midwest America." It is an exhibit of art works of first-generation Swedish-Americans. It was shown from March 20, 1985 at the Centennial Hall Gallery on the college campus and at the Davenport Art Gallery. Over 140 pieces were intrepreted in the project, complimented by more than forty loans from the Augustana Community. Among the artists were the works Olof Grafström, Birger Sandzen, Gustav Malm, Charles and Sofia Haag, Arvid Nyholm and Cläs Oldenburg. A 144-page illustrated catalogue was compiled in conjunction with the exhibit.

On the cover is a water color I made of Old Main at Augustana College during the winter. It is the oldest Scandinavian Lutheran College in America. It was founded in Chicago in 1860, later moving to Rock Island, Illinois. Old Main is the original building of Augustana College at its present location; the cornerstone was laid in 1884, the main building completed in 1889 and the tower and dome completed in 1893.