About Carl Homstad

Carl designed and built his passive solar house and studio, designed and constructed sets for several plays and served as a consultant for a CAD-CAM company.  His artwork has appeared in the books Building with Cob, Carpenter of Song by Michael Carey, Art of the State: Iowa, and Murals of Iowa. Also in  The Artist's Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and on Iowa Public TV’s "Living in Iowa.” He has judged regional and national art shows. He has worked with the Iowa Arts Council in the Artist in the Schools and other programs. He served on the community school board and in 1998 received a Distinguished Service Award from Luther College.


Carl Homstad

3112 Springwater Road

Decorah, Iowa 52101

563 382 8075

email carl @ carlart.com

Born in Denver, Colorado 1951


BA in Art from Luther College 1973

Independent Study in Europe 1979

Independent Study in China 2003

Independent Study in Japan 2005

Independent Study in New Zealand 2016


MacNider Museum, Mason City, IA, 2015

Vesterheim Museum, Decorah 2012-13

Fanny Garver Gallery, Madison WI 2012

Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City 2012

Iowa State University, Ames 2009

Art Guild Gallery, Stillwater MN 2008

Luther College, Decorah  2005 

Arts on Grand, Spencer IA 2003

Lakes Art Center, Okaboji IA 2000


Agora Arts, Decorah

The Perfect Edge, Decorah

Garver Gallery, Madison, WI

Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City

McNider Museum, Mason City, IA

Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay, WI

Bluff Country Gallery, Spring Grove, MN

Painting in Tibet

My ice boat

In a lock on the Mississippi River

Sailing the Fireball