The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son at Churchwide!

Luther Seminary is proud to have the traveling exhibit collection displayed at the Aug. 17-23 ELCA Churchwide Assembly!

And Grace Will Lead Me Home Wins an IPPY Award!

And Grace Will Lead Me Home: Images of the Prodigal Son from the Jerry Evenrud Collection received a bronze medal in the Art Book category. Read more...

The Art of Forgiveness: Images of the Prodigal Son
featuring Jerry Evenrud's Prodigal Son Collection

Luther Seminary is the home of a remarkable collection of artwork based on the Prodigal Son parable. Jerry Evenrud, a lifelong arts enthusiast, donated this collection to the seminary in 2007.

Before it came to its permanent home, however, the collection went on the road. It was hosted for several months by the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in New York City. To celebrate the event, Luther Seminary coordinated a festive reception for the opening of the MOBIA showing.

In March of 2008, the Prodigal Son exhibit returned to Luther Seminary. Future events planned around the exhibit will be announced here.


Jerry Evenrud, whose life-long passion for the Prodigal Son parable and its power to instruct our faith, also has a sense of humor about his penchant for collecting. His license plate reads, "Luke 15," the Gospel and chapter where the parable is found. He also has an extensive collection of pig knickknacks and paraphernalia, many of which he has received over the years as gifts.