BiographyReverend Paul Myhre was born in 1957 and is a 1981 graduate of Luther College. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1987; a Master of Fine Arts from Fontbonne University in Saint Louis in 1996; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Saint Louis University in 1998. Since 2001 he has served as Associate Director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Prior to his work at the Wabash Center he worked in a variety of teaching and ministerial positions.
Myhre’s professional interests often explore the intersection between art and religion. His several articles include four essays on “The Lesson and the Arts” in Lectionary Homiletics (2005); “Edvard Munch’s Embrace of Loss and Grief through Painting and Printmaking: 1885-1900” in ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (2003); and recent work on “Salvador Dali’s Eucharistic Theology and Mystical Christology: 1950-1960”. He has also made numerous professional presentations on those, and related topics. They include “Painting as Sacrament: An Examination of the Aesthetics and Sacramental Theology of Salvador Dali in the 1950s” at the American Academy of Religion, ALR Session on Sacramental Arts (2005); “Contextual Hermeneutics: Blending of Gospel with Culture in Visual Art” at the Bible and the Visual Arts Section of the Society of Biblical Literature (2005); and “The Experience of Loss and Grief as Illustrated through the Paintings of Edvard Munch: 1885-1900” at the American Academy of Religion (2002). His art has been shown in the Drawing from Perception National Juried Art Competition at Wright State University, Dayton Ohio; the North Dakota Annual Drawing and Print Show in Grand Forks, North Dakota; the Lutheran Brotherhood Art Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Marge-Mae Galleries; and at both the Fontbonne University and Luther College Galleries. He has created commissioned pieces for First Presbyterian Church in Cuba, Missouri.
There are three paintings by Myhre in the Luther College Fine Arts Collection, all given by the artist. Despair and Hope #2 is a figurative work that was included in the Luther College Art Department’s 60th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition (1996). Persistent and Unrelenting Grace #1 and Persistent and Unrelenting Grace #2 were both shown at Luther in 2008 as part of “Celebrating Connections: Forty Years of Artistic Dialogue,” which featured the work of Douglas Eckheart and selected alumni artists on the occasion of Eckheart’s retirement from teaching at Luther.
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