CAS fall festival 2016

Fall 2016: Peace through the Visual Arts

The Center for Arts & Spirituality welcomed sculptor and poet, Mac Gimse, to Normandale in the fall of 2016. All were invited to come see, touch, and experience Peace through the Visual Arts. Mac Gimse, St. Olaf College Emeritus Professor of Art and Art History, shared his vision of life and art as a spiritually-based artist who has traveled the world in search of inspiration. Over the years, Mac has created sculpture and poetry to honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureates encouraging peace and global harmony. Mac’s work was on display at Normandale in September and October, and Peace through the Visual Arts kicked off with an intergenerational festival on Sunday, September 18. All were invited to touch, see, and hear Mac Gimse’s sculpture and poetry to honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureates at this event. In addition, The Center for the Arts and Spirituality commissioned composer, Daniel Kallman, to create a musical composition based on Mac’s Never Again… Evermore.  The work is scored for solo child voice, solo clarinet, and string quartet. People of all ages and walks of life came together to experience these personal expressions of faith and peace. Click below to see one of the performances of Kallman's work at the event.

Peace Through the Visual Arts Musical Performance | Faith in the Arts Fall Festival from Normandale Lutheran Church on Vimeo.

Throughout the fall season, all were invited to participate with Mac in creating a sculpture at the front of the Normandale sanctuary. Mac worked with groups of all ages on Sundays and Wednesdays in September and October as we expressed our common faith and desire for peace and global harmony through the visual arts. 
Mac Gimse
About Mac Gimse
Mac Gimse shares his vision of life and art through the eyes and hands of a spiritually based artist who has traveled the world in search of inspiration.  He joined the St. Olaf College faculty in 1970, after earning graduate degrees in art at the University of Iowa and teaching in Western Canada.  At St. Olaf he taught sculpture, ceramics, built a bronze foundry and created art in his studio.  His art history topics included World Architecture, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Africa and Islam. He taught for St. Olaf thirty-five times around the world, and continues to teach abroad for the college.
During his career he produced two theme sculpture exhibits, Sacrifice and Mercy. The St. Olaf Associates (Manitou Society) cast his bronze Christus Victor in an edition of 1,000.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum began at St. Olaf in 1989, and over the years Gimse was commissioned to create sculpture and poetry for Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. The first was Striving for Peace, given to Norman Borlaug (1977) and the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (1988). The second in 1994, Children of the World was presented to Rigoberta Menchu Tum (1992). The third in 2000, was given to David Trimble and John Hume, Co-Laureates (1998) from Ireland, called Bearing the Burden of Peace.
In 2004, Roots and Wings was presented to Jimmy Carter (2002). His sculpture and poetry in 2009 was titled, On Horizon’s Brim, made for Co-Laureates, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.P.C.), and Al Gore. It was cast in bronze and built in models 4 feet and 14 feet high. The poetry was set to music by Ralph Johnson, St. Olaf ’78, as a Centennial piece for the 2012 St. Olaf Choir tour conducted by Anton Armstrong. It was premiered at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in February 2012.
In 1985, he cast Squeezing Life into a Child and in 2011 composed poetry entitled Try to Praise the Mutilated World to honor Mother Teresa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1979. The bronze was commissioned by Shelby & James Andress for the Augsburg College Chapel in Minneapolis, MN.
In 1995, Gimse created his first version of Moses in a Mushroom Cloud for the 50th anniversary of the August 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 2015, he wrote the poetry Try to Praise the Mutilated World for the 70th anniversary of those events. Christopher Sherwood‐Gabrielson, St. Olaf ’11, composed music for the St. Olaf Band, inspired by the poetry.
In 2015, he cast a bronze titled On Paths to Freedom and composed poetry to honor the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Co‐Laureates Kailash Satyarthi (India), and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) at age 17 the youngest Laureate.
Gimse has exhibited sculpture in more than 120 colleges, universities, galleries, and religious institutions in the USA and around the world.

About Dan Kallman

Daniel Kallman’s compositions for orchestra, winds, and choir are widely published and have been performed across North America, Europe and East Asia. His steady stream of commissions also includes music for worship, theater, dance, and the young musician. Kallman has composed for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Air Force Academy Band, the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, the Minnesota Orchestra, A Prairie Home Companion, and a wide variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. He has received support from the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, and the McKnight and Jerome Foundations. Kallman is often invited to conduct his own work and to speak with students and audiences about his compositions.

Daniel Kallman was born in 1956. He received his musical training at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and at the University of Minnesota where he studied composition under Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. The principal publishers of Kallman’s music are Shawnee/Mark Foster Press (children’s choir), MorningStar Music (church choir), Boosey and Hawkes (winds and choral), Lauren Keiser Music (orchestral), and Kallman’s own publishing company, Kallman Creates Publications. All of Kallman’s works are catalogued on his website at