VALPARAISO, Ind.--A nationally known textile artist will discuss the creation of a wool tapestry depicting part of Northwest Indiana's steel history during an Oct. 17 lecture sponsored by Valparaiso University's Brauer Museum of Art.

Helena Hernmarck, a Swedish-born artist whose works can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Art, created the large tapestry "Steel" in 1973. The work is on display at the Brauer Museum of Art through Nov. 19.

Hernmarck will discuss her working methods and the story behind the commissioning of this historic tapestry by Bethlehem Steel Corporation at 2 p.m. in Duesenberg Recital Hall at the Valpo Center for the Arts. Her lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception with the artist from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts lobby.

"Hernmarck's lecture offers a fine opportunity to learn from a significant artist about her working methods, as well as her connection to the steel industry of Northwest Indiana," said Gregg Hertzlieb, director/curator of the Brauer Museum of Art.

"Steel" depicts a scene from the Basic Oxygen Furnace at the Burns Harbor Plant. It originally was displayed at the company headquarters in Bethlehem, Pa., before eventually making its way to the ArcelorMittal Global Research Facility in East Chicago, where it was displayed in a conference room. The Northwest Indiana Steel Heritage Project Inc. acquired the work as a donation from ArcelorMittal and will be part of the collection that the project intends to display in its Steel Learning Center.

"In addition to being a beautiful work of art with an industrial subject, it is also a fine historical artifact that relates to the culture of this region," Hertzlieb said.

The Brauer Museum of Art will be open before and after the lecture so that visitors can see the tapestry, as well as two other current exhibitions: "Heeding the Voice of Heaven: Sadao Watanabe Biblical Stencil Prints" and "Everyday Art: Casual Kimono from Mid-20th Century Japan."

More information about Brauer Museum of Art's 2010-2011 season, including a complete list of exhibition-related events, is available online at www.valpo.edu/artmuseum. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the academic year. Admission to the museum and all events is free. Group tours may be arranged by calling (219) 465-7926.