BiographyMichael Knudson was born April 10, 1954, in Fort Dodge, IA. He graduated with a BA degree in art in 1976. At Luther he studied drawing, painting, etching, engraving, pottery, design and art history. After completing graduate work at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1981, Knudson became a Lutheran pastor. He also studied art at Bellevue University (1989-90) and Creighton University (1991-92). After serving congregations in various locales in Nebraska, Knudson became the senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, Nebraska.
Knudson established his studio, Knudson Sculpture, in Omaha, NE. He has created numerous commissions including a life-size bronze sculpture of General Crook for the Douglas County (Nebraska) Historical Society and a seven-foot sculpture for the Bethphage Corporate headquarters in 1994. Knudson also has made commercial drawings, magazine cartoons, and needlepoint designs for churches. He has exhibited his art works in both one-person and group exhibits.
There are two art works by Knudson in the Fine Arts Collection. The bronze bust of college artist, Orville Running, was commissioned by Luther College and paid for with grants and private donations. It was dedicated at Homecoming in October 2003. The other piece in the Collection is a bas relief plaque showing Luther choir director, Weston Noble. Accompanying the image of Noble is the text, “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live” from Psalm 104. The plaque was purchased with funds raised by band alumni. The plaque was created as part of the festivities honoring Weston Noble in April 2005.
Source of Biography “An Image Immortalized.” Decorah Public Opinion, October 7, 2003, B10