Scandinavian Cultural Center

Scandinavian Cultural Center


The Scandinavian Cultural Center has three exhibition galleries.

  • Hildahl Gallery is our main exhibition space inside the Scandinavian Cultural Center. It consists of 6 bays equipped with special lighting, a flexible mounting system, security, and custom display cases.
  • Larson Gallery is always on view to the public because it is located in the hallway entrance to the Scandinavian Cultural Center. It consists of 5 custom-made, locked display cabinets.
  • Stuen Room is an intimate gallery space where many of our larger household items are displayed, including a selection of furniture. It is also used as our Reading Room. Four locked, glass doors separate this gallery from the shared used space in the Scandinavian Cultural center.

The exhibitions change at the Scandinavian Cultural Center approximately every other month. Many exhibitions are curated by the Director of the SCC, along with volunteer members of the Exhibition Committee, and with input from the Scandinavian Area Studies faculty. A student curated exhibition series was inaugurated in February of 2014 with an exhibition about the Sami and will continue in October of 2014 with an exhibition about the Sustainability movement in Scandinavia. Both of these are based on research PLU students have conducted.

The Scandinavian Cultural Center also is proud to host traveling exhibition and special exhibition developed elsewhere in the United States and Scandinavia. Typically, these have been modern art exhibitions.

Current Exhibitions

Nordic Eco: Steps towards Sustainability

“Nordic Eco: Steps towards Sustainability” is a guest curated exhibit by a graduating senior at Pacific Lutheran University, Margret Dolde and sponsored by the Joanne Klein Memorial Fund. That 500 square-foot exhibition, divided into six sections, examines all of the Nordic countries, including Greenland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland for the ways they are working to create a more sustainable future.  A two-hundred year old ice core, hands-on interactives, photos, videos, artifacts, and text examines Nordic innovation in renewable energy, ice-core research, and recycling among other things.

Elements of Power: Capturing the Icelandic Landscape

Sigrun Lara Shanko will be exhibiting a selection of 14 rugs at the Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. The rugs will include Icelandic glaciers, rivers, lava fields, and northern lights, all recreated in touchable textiles. 5 of the pieces are newly created for this exhibition, but her most famous and widely displayed creation will also be included, Langjokull, inspired by the long glacier in southern Iceland. Brought to PLU with assistance of Iceland Naturally.