Art Exhibit Showcases Happy Scandinavian-Inspired Works

The MTSU Department of Art is pleased to present Passport to Happiness, July 22–August 15, with an opening reception Monday, July 21, 5–7 p.m. Experience multimedia artworks and artifacts created in Denmark, Norway and America that focus on the theme of happiness and showcase why Scandinavians are the happiest people in the world.


Traditional costumes were modeled as cultural connections were made that will last a lifetime.

Fashioned under the guidance of Dr. Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt and her Scandinavia Abroad Students, gallery visitors are encouraged to contemplate Scandinavia’s role in producing the world’s happiest people as they examine original works on display created by Scandinavian school children and MTSU students. The artistic creations will include inspiration from Scandinavian folklore, art history, and visual culture. As part of their gallery experience, visitors will identify the role of happiness in their own lives and how it shapes society’s overall well-being.

MTSU student participants include: Brittany Gardner, LeAnne Hannington, Bailey Ingram, Ciara Knight, Whitney Proper, Kaitlyn Roberts, William Tucker Webb, and Dr. Debrah Sickler-Voigt, with Denmark’s Anna Trolles schoolchildren, and Norway’s Svolvær schoolchildren.

The exhibit includes a special presentation of original works including hand-carved trolls from the collection of Kent & Lynell Syler’s family and original Oleana sweaters and knitted goods.

Support for Passport to Happiness is provided by the MTSU Office of International Affairs, Todd Art Gallery, Anna Trolles Skole, Svolvær Skole, Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, Oleana, MTSU College of Liberal Arts, and Kent and Lynell Syler.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closing only for state and federal holidays and exhibit installations.

For directions, parking or questions contact Eric V. Snyder at 615-898-5653.


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  • Bjørn Storvik

    This is a real surprise, myself and my son Philip have been residents of Murfreesboro and nearby Bell Buckle since 1987. and I was born in a small town in Norway named Kablevåg. Kabelvåg is only 4 miles from Svolvær and we have a lot of close relatives in that area. Unfortunately I am now posted abroad so I cannot visit the exhibit, but hopefully Philip can.
    A fantastic idea, and I wish you all the best with the exhibit and further to enjoy the happiness of life.

    Regards from a Happy Scandinavian

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