From left to right: Sue and Gary Loontjer, Sara (Bauman) Nordling, Nikkole Huss, BettyAnn Mocek and Anastasiya Camp.

Alumna artist Deaconess Sara (Bauman) Nordling BA ’85, along with Anastasiya Camp BA ’20, executed a commission by Gary and Sue Loontjer to honor their daughter Kim Loontjer BS ’03 who received her heavenly homecoming in February 2019. Kim charged her family to celebrate women at her alma mater who lead others to fix their faith on Jesus Christ in order to secure their hope of heaven. 

The outcome was the “Women of Faith” works of art, which are now part of Concordia’s permanent collection and hang in Ferguson Art Gallery. Deaconess Sara’s submission utilizes woven threads and vintage lace as a nod toward traditional women’s fiber work reinforced by hand stitched bible verses. A professor at Purdue University-Fort Wayne, she uses her medium of fibers and weaving to merge the most important areas of her life. “I focus on color, texture and design elements to convey thoughts, emotions, and concepts not always readily available in representational art,” said Deaconess Sara.

“As a Lutheran Christian University, integrating faith and learning is essential. Art is a natural springboard into interdisciplinary conversations about theology, history and other academic disciplines,” says Nikkole Huss, Professor of Art and Curator of the University’s collection. “The high level of technical skill in the art commissions invites viewers to slow down, take a closer inspection and uncover subtle details that tie directly to all Women of Faith.“

We invite you to view “Women of Faith” at the Ferguson Art Gallery, located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information about the commissioned artworks, contact Professor Nikkole Huss at

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