"Rude" and "Blood Drive," screen prints by Fargo artist Kent Kapplinger, are at the Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery at Minot State University through February 7.
Art looks at the oil boom
Fargo printmaker Kent Kapplinger targets issues related to North Dakotaís oil boom in "Beneath the Surface," an exhibit at the Northwest Art Centerís Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery through February 7.
Kapplinger will attend a public reception for the show Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery; and will present an artist talk Friday, January 18 at 12 noon in the Aleshire Theater, MSU.
The January 17 reception also showcases the Americas 2013: Paperworks exhibit on display in the Hartnett Hall Gallery through February 20.
"The two shows are related; the Best of Show artist from the Paperworks exhibition is invited to present a solo show the following year," said Northwest Art Center Director Avis Veikley. Kapplinger was named Best of Show artist for Americas 2012: Paperworks.
"We are delighted to feature a North Dakota artist. It is quite an honor to receive the top award in this competition," said Veikley. "We receive entries from artists all across the US as well as from other countries."
Americas 2013: Paperworks features 30 works by 24 artists, representing 16 states and two Canadian provinces. The 2013 edition of the exhibit was juried by Nicole Pietrantoni, Walla Walla, WA. Best of Show artist for 2013 is Noah David Bau, Melrose, MA.
Kapplinger is Professor of Art at North Dakota State University where he has taught printmaking and drawing since 1992. He is director/master printer of the Printmaking, Education and Research Studio (PEARS) institute in Fargo, ND. He received his MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa and BA from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.
In a written statement, Kapplinger explains that his work seeks to initiate "dialogue on the quality of life" by examining socio-economic issues. "I consider my work collaborative in nature, inspired by authors, reporters and researchers of environmental and cultural issues," said Kapplinger.
The exhibits, reception, and artist talk are free and open to the public. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.