Forsberg Riverside Galleries

The Raymond T. Forsberg Riverside Galleries are located near the Grand Foyer/Café and feature ongoing changing exhibitions, in addition to exhibitions that are planned to interpret and expand upon the permanent collection and focus on Midwest Art, American Crafts, and Haitian and Caribbean Art.

On Display


May 23 – August 25, 2019
Forsberg Riverside Galleries

Artist Reception | July 25, 6pm
Free admission, sponsored by Friends of the Art Center

This father and son exhibition, Erdahls, is a visual conversation between two creative worlds featuring assemblage sculptures by Jerry Erdahl and ceramic sculpture and portraiture by his son Thaddeus Erdahl. The pairing of these two separate bodies of work make for a very interesting symmetry, yet each is very different. The phrase “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” in ways could be applied here. Both artists have a whimsical sensibility to their work, which layers unspoken stories, personal experiences, and humor, however dry or irreverent. The over-arching themes explored throughout this exhibition are not intentionally planned by the artists, but are more likely a by-product of the influences of family and shared experiences.

Born in Iowa, Jerry has worked at everything from a cement factory to carpentry, leading to the selling of antiques and doing furniture restoration, from which he has since retired. He picked up making these sculptures and wall hangings almost at the same time his son started pursing formal art training. Jerry has participated in several exhibitions throughout Iowa and has works in several private collections. This self-taught artist continues to make his wonderful creations out of his converted storefont studio and gallery in downtown La Porte City.

Thaddeus, born and raised in La Porte City, has exhibited his sculptures and presented workshops nationally throughout the United States. After a three-year enlistment in the army, Thaddeus began his career in art and education at the University of Northern Iowa, then on to graduate school at University of Florida. He has since received numerous awards, graduate fellowships and artist residencies. Thaddeus is currently living in St. Petersburg, Florida pursuing his studio art career, and is a visual art instructor at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida.