2017 DUMA Biennial artist, Velga Easker

Bankers Shirts
Velga Easker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Bankers Shirts, 2016, recycled paper, 20×16

Velga Easker was born in Valmiera, Latvia. She earned a BA in Art from University of Iowa and was employed in various social service capacities for the Iowa Department of Human Services. She attended numerous workshops and conferences with a concentrated interest in fibers and was a founding member and holder of several offices in the Cedar Rapids Fiber Artist Guild.

She began exploring the potential of using discarded everyday materials in creating collages and assemblages twenty years ago with greater concentration in the past five years after leaving full time employment.

Easker has exhibited throughout the Midwest. She involved others in collaborative projects where they have assembled the finished work for exhibition, including University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Marion Arts Festival, All Saints School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Francis Marion Intermediate School, Marion, Iowa, and she has
conducted workshops for children and adults using found materials. Her work was selected for the Arts
in Embassy’s program of the State Department. She created cover design and divider pages for the cookbook, Buffets & Potlucks, published 2010 by Penfield Press, Iowa City.