Olson Campus Center at dusk

Prodigal Son Collection

An art collection from Jerry Evenrud

Prodigal Son gallery photo

Luther Seminary has created a searchable image database featuring nearly 100 artworks from the seminary's Prodigal Son collection. These works cover a vast range of media and human experiences ripe for interpretation and creative use in educational contexts. Web-sized pictures are thoroughly cataloged and searchable. High-quality JPEG images are available for educational use to anyone with a Luther Seminary login.

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This remarkable collection of artwork based on the Prodigal Son parable was donated to the seminary in 2007 by Jerry Evenrud, a lifelong arts enthusiast.

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. 

In March 2008, the Prodigal Son exhibit returned to Luther Seminary.

And Grace Will Lead Me Home: Images of the Prodigal Son from the Jerry Evenrud Collection has received two 2008 IPPY Book Awards from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. "And Grace Will Lead Me Home: Images of the Prodigal Son from the Jerry Evenrud Collection" received a bronze medal (third place) in the Art Book category.

Selected as one of the Outstanding Books of the Year, the book also received a bronze medal in the Most Original Concept category.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards have been conducted annually to honor the year's best independently published titles. The "IPPY" Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. The 2008 IPPY awards were presented in Los Angeles on May 30th. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were awarded to books in 64 categories.

"And Grace Will Lead Me Home," by Robert Brusic was published by Lutheran University Press, an imprint of Kirk House Publishers.


Jerry Evenrud

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.