Finlandia University was honored to receive a collection of artwork by the preeminent Finnish American artist Gerald Matthew Immonen. In 1996 Immonen was the featured artist in Finlandia University’s Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition, the longest running exhibit series in the United States celebrating the accomplishments of Finnish American artists.
Finlandia University’s collection of paintings, drawings, sketches and research materials by Gerald Immonen has great significance for the university. “We truly value our role as stewards of Finnish American art and culture. The Finnish American Heritage Center houses North America’s largest collection of Finnish-American artwork and Gerald Immonen’s artwork is now a centerpiece of that collection,” says Finlandia University Gallery Director Carrie Flaspohler.
The collection was donated to the university by Gerry’s wife Delight Immonen, “We are grateful to Gerry’s family for recognizing the importance of his artwork to the Finnish American community and for honoring his heritage through this donation to the Finnish American Heritage Center,” continues Flaspohler.
Immonen also has paintings in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York; the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island; the Memphis Brooks Museums of Art, Memphis, Tennessee; and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
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Into Another World: Works by Finnish American artist Gerald Matthew Immonen (1936-2011) will be on display through November 29, 2021. The opening reception will be Thursday, October 21st, 7:00-8:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Finlandia University’s Finnish American Folk School and Buellwood Fiber Arts Guild will host workshops in coordination with the exhibit, using Immonen’s artwork and exquisite sense of color as an inspiration point. Registration information will be forthcoming, for more information email phyllis.fredendall@finlandia.
The Finlandia University Gallery is located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment. Please call 906-487-7500 for more information.
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