|Biography from Fine Arts Collection, Luther College:|
|Fred Easker was born in 1944 in Cedar Rapids, IA. He received his BA in
1967 and his MA in 1989, both degrees in Art Education from the
University of Iowa. He taught art on the secondary level at the
Linn-Mar Community Schools in Marion, IA, for seven years. He served as
the Assistant Director at the Cedar Rapids Art Center from 1975-79.
Since 1979, he has worked as an independent artist although he has
served as a part-time faculty member at Coe College and worked
part-time for the Marion Historical Museum. Easker has been painting
full-time since 1994. |
Easker has received numerous awards for his paintings. His corporate
commissions have come from such sources as the Cedar Rapids Airport,
St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, American Telephone and Telegraph
in Kansas City, and the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids. His art
works are in many museum and private collections including the
Poppajohn Center, School for Business Administration at the University
of Iowa, the Iowa State University Museums, Pioneer Hi-Bred
International and Meredith Corporation, the latter both located in Des
Moines. He has participated in many group and solo exhibitions,
focusing on areas in the Midwest.
Easker’s art works have been used to illustrate several books
and journal articles. He has been the subject of several articles and
profiles as well. He is especially known for his Iowa landscapes.
Easker says in his online artist statement that “Most of my paintings
are based on the rural landscape within an hour drive from my house. I
am connected to the area and to the places painted. On my canvases are
images of the Iowa countryside but more importantly for me my paintings
represent me in the world. They are my story. I endeavor to tell an
The painting by Easker in the Fine Arts Collection is a
landscape donated by Richard and Candace Altorfer in honor of President
Emeritus E.D. and Helen Farwell on the naming of Farwell Hall.
Sayre, Robert. Recovering the Prairie. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999; Fine Arts Collection files
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