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Come Unto Me: Liturgical Art of Reinhold Marxhausen

For immediate release May 2018

Red Path Gallery in Seward, Nebraska will be hosting the exhibition, Come Unto Me: Liturgical Art of Reinhold Marxhausen, which showcases more than 40 pieces of artwork by celebrated Seward artist Reinhold Marxhausen. Pieces in this exhibition reflect Reinhold’s Christian faith in a wide variety of traditional and modern forms. In addition to the pieces, the exhibition will be supported with archival material including photos and video footage. The exhibition will run from Saturday, June 9th through Saturday, August 25th.

Much of Marxhausen’s art conveys a Christian message. His commissioned art includes many altars, baptismal fonts, stained glass windows, altar crosses and altar sculptures. These pieces enhance the worship experience in churches throughout the country including churches in Seward, Lincoln, Omaha, Norfork, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago to name a few. Marxhausen’s passion for visually impacting worship lives on at Concordia University’s Center for Liturgical Art which is built on the lot formerly occupied by the Marxhausen home.

Reinhold Pieper Marxhausen (1922-2011) became the first art department chair of Concordia University, Nebraska in 1951, where he taught until his retirement in 1991. Marxhausen is best known for his mosaic murals and sound sculptures. Two massive mosaic murals have been on permanent display in the Nebraska State Capital since the 1960s. His Stardust and other sound sculptures received national attention when he demonstrated them during two appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1986 and again in 1990.  Lincoln Journal Star included Marxhausen in its 2017 list of 150 Notable Nebraskans.

Proceeds from the sale of these pieces will be used to restore the original Marxhausen Studio at Concordia University’s Center for Liturgical Art and to improve the playground and classrooms at the St. John Child Development Center both of which are located in Seward, Nebraska.  To date, more than $65,000 worth of projects have been funded through the generous donation of this artwork by the family of Dorris and Reinhold Marxhausen.

In addition to the liturgical pieces, there will also be a small number of burnt wood mosaic sculptures, ceramic pieces and sound sculptures available. The pieces can also be viewed online at

The Museum of Nebraska Art is also currently showing a large exhibition of Marxhausen’s work. That exhibition opened on May 26 and runs through September 2. From the MONA website:

Reinhold Marxhausen was a nationally regarded multi-faceted artist and highly lauded Professor of Art at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska for 40 years. While he worked in photography, mosaic, painting, sculpture, and found-object art, it was his sound art that brought him national acclaim. In collaboration with Concordia University, this exhibition explores his extensive body of work, his long career, his influence as an educator, and his continuous fascination with the idea of creative thought.”

Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room features work by Nebraska and regional artists as well as wine by Nebraska wine makers. Red Path Gallery is working in conjunction with Concordia University’s Center for Liturgical Arts and St. John Child Development Center to host this Exhibition.

Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room
514 Seward Street
Seward NE 68434

For more information contact:
Lloyd Sommerer

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