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Luther College exhibit features Drake alumna's drawings

October 5, 2009
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Black and white drawing by Barbara Fedeler
Drake alumna Barbara Fedeler, FA'82, is one of two artists whose Iowa artworks are featured in an exhibit on display at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.


"Iowa Seen: Drawings by Barbara Fedeler and Photographs by Thomas Payne" features artwork of Iowa's landscape through Friday, Oct. 16, in Preus Library at Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa.

Fedeler translates the seen reality of objects in space and the effect of light into two-dimensional black and white drawings. She uses willow charcoal, blending stump, fingers and kneadable rubber eraser on rag paper to create her work.

An Iowa native, Fedeler strives to portray the beauty of her home state.

"I love walking the land, cultivating the land and know its value as a resource," Fedeler said. "I strive to achieve the aesthetics of beauty in my work, hoping to inspire the seekers to re-see the beauty around them."

Her work is being shown in conjunction with art by Thomas Payne, a colleague whose photographs capture the beauty of Iowa's landscapes in intense color. Both artists teach as studio artists at Wartburg College.

Fedeler is an associate professor of art at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

She holds the bachelor of fine arts degree from Drake and the master of fine arts from the University of Arizona. In addition to Wartburg, Fedeler has taught at Cochise College, Southwest Missouri State, Loras College, North Iowa Area Community College and the University of Northern Iowa.

Fedeler is represented by the Olson-Larsen Galleries in West Des Moines.