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'Frank Lundahl and the Quad Cities' Nov. 18-Feb. 12

November  11, 2015

The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art will present work by a local artist in "A Place Called Home: Frank Lundahl and the Quad Cities" Nov. 18-Feb. 12, 2016.

Lundahl (1858-1932) was a Swedish-American artist born in Rock Island. A painter of interior murals by trade, his works in Augustana's collection focus on the world around him, calling attention to the everyday beauty of the region.

Making his living as a muralist, Lundahl created canvas paintings in his studio, which were then installed on-site. He painted church and secular murals for interiors in the Quad-Cities region, as well as a few commissions in Chicago.

While many of his murals were created in buildings that have been torn down or renovated, including the Second Congregational Church (Moline), downtown Moline Public Library, the Illinois Theater (Rock Island) and the FOE Building (Rock Island), his works still survive in First Lutheran Church in Moline (the altar panel and 10 of the spandrel paintings) and the Davenport Capitol Theater.

One highlight of the Augustana exhibition is Lundahl's work, The Blacksmith. Hoping to establish his place in history, in 1900 Lundahl commenced work on this piece, which he meant to be a lasting tribute to John Deere, the blacksmith and innovator.

Lundahl had hoped to sell the work to the John Deere Corporation, but the sale never materialized. According to Lundahl family lore, he would charge admission to viewers of the blacksmith painting. Years after his passing, the work was restored, donated to Augustana and installed in Wallenberg Hall, where it remained for many years.

The opening reception for "A Place Called Home: Frank Lundahl and the Quad Cities" will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art gallery, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island. For more information call 309-794-7400.

The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays when classes are in session. The museum will be closed Nov. 25-29 and  Dec. 18-Jan. 10. Admission is free.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833