Olson Campus Center at dusk

Fine Arts Collections

Discover Luther's art collection

The Luther Seminary Archives program includes responsibility for a 3,800 item collection called the Mission Heritage Collection. These artifacts represent missionary gifts from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Madagascar, South Africa and Tanzania. The collection also includes early 20th century Inuit materials from Alaska.

At any given time approximately 20 percent of the collection is on view in cases around the Luther Seminary campus.The artifact collections are supported by large photographic holdings in the ELCA Region 3 Archives global mission files.

Along side the Mission Heritage Collection is Luther Seminary’s permanent collection of fine art pieces. At present, paintings, sculptures, textile items and photographs constitute this growing collection, including the approximately 250 piece Prodigal Son Collection, gifted by Jerry Evenrud.

Pieces from the permanent collection rotate on a regular basis through public areas on campus.  Archivist and curator Paul Daniels and the seminary Fine Arts Committee have responsibility for this collection.