History of the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts

The Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts is the legacy of Augustana art professors, in particular, Bob Aldern, Palmer Eide and Ogden Dalrymple.

Robert Aldern, artist-in-residence and member of the art faculty for three decades, is widely known for his magnificent liturgical art installations. Aldern contributed his vision and artistic talent to making the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts a reality. The reredos in the Chapel of Reconciliation is one example of his work on campus.

Two other former members of the Augustana art department faculty, Palmer Eide and Ogden Dalrymple, were key figures in the history of the Center. During their tenures, each artist established relationships with architects and churches in and around Sioux Falls. Their work is on display on Augustana’s campus as well as in many sanctuaries in the region.

Eide's liturgical work on campus includes the walnut statue of the "Glorified and Risen Christ." It can be found in the Chapel of Reconciliation along with a font and dove, pulpit, and altar that he designed and built. Noteable among Dalrymple's liturgical work on campus is the figure of "Moses" at the Mikkelsen Library. Their collaboration in liturgical art can be found in "The Sower" found in the Chapel's entrance hall and in "Creatures of Creation" on the exterior of Mikkelsen Library.

Former Augustana art faculty member Carl Grupp initiated the photographic collection that was incorporated into the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts Collection online. John Peters, adjunct faculty member, took the photographs and continues active involvement with the project.

Augustana thanks Howard and Eunice Hovland for their sustained and generous financial support of the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts.