BiographyLennis Lee Moore was born in 1950 in McGregor, Iowa and graduated from Luther College in 1972 with a B.A. in art education. From 1973-78 he worked as an artist/teacher at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee, Iowa. He then became administrator of the Midwest Old Threshers Association in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, a position he has held since that time. He has also maintained an active studio practice as an artist and illustrator. He was a design artist for the Iowa state quarter selection committee and he also served on the Imagine Iowa 2010 steering committee, a group that worked to establish a ten-year cultural vision for the state. In 1997 he received a Distinguished Service Award from Luther College.
Moore is primarily a woodcut artist whose prints have been featured in several one-person shows throughout Iowa. He has also been included in the Iowa Artists’ Show at the Des Moines Art Center; the Annual Lutheran Brotherhood Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Annual Fall Show at the Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa. Examples of his work can be found in the collection of Motorola, Inc. of Schaumburg, Illinois; Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and First Bank, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He has illustrated two books, Eastern Iowa Prehistory and Western Iowa Prehistory, both written by Duane Anderson and published by the Iowa State University Press in 1975 and 1981. Moore’s work and studio practice, along with that of printmaker Ann Klingensmith, was featured in the November 1993 issue of American Artist in an article written by Ruthie Thompson titled, “2 Approaches to Woodcut Printing.”
Moore credits the influence of his mentor and Luther professor, Orville Running, with setting him on the path of printmaking. Running’s images resonated with Moore, as did “the texture of the wood, the feel of the tools, the smell of the inks, and the touch of the ink to the block.” He states: “The majority of my woodcut prints depict the rural landscape. I grew up on a farm and have always been fascinated with the ever-changing shapes, textures, and colors of the countryside. My eyes are usually drawn to some small, intimate portion of familiar surroundings; a snapshot if you will. The resulting images are my interpretation of that brief interlude with the land.”
There are six works by Moore in the Luther College Fine Arts Collection. All are woodcut prints and five are in color. Wolf Robe, Carpenter’s Hands and Evening Shades were all purchased by the college. Father of the Sky, Free Trapper, and ,Headed Home were gifts of the artist. Headed Home was included in “Celebrating Connections: Forty Years of Artistic Dialogue,” a 2008 exhibit at Luther College that featured the work of Douglas Eckheart and selected alumni artists on the occasion of Eckheart’s retirement from teaching at Luther. Additional information about Moore and his work is available at www.lennismoore.com.
Source of Biography“Making their Mark,” artscene, Feb 2004
“2 Approaches to Woodcut Printing,” American Artist, Nov 1993