Kim Fink has taught at the University of North Dakota since 1999. He is now in his final semester, retiring in May 2016. As a beloved Professor of Art and Printmaking, he has developed a highly-regarded printmaking program at the University, founded the Sundog Multiples, a platform for his advanced students to collaborate with established artists, and cut a wide and joyful swath through North Dakota’s art community.
Born and raised in the American West, Fink is fascinated with its truly postmodern expressions of popular culture. Fink likes to quote the poet Richard Hugo’s observations of the West’s ancient newness: “. . . Out West . . . the only thing new is neon. . . .” Kim Fink assembles picture games based in images and symbols that are painted mysteries and intricately layered prints.
Kim Fink, 5-Day, detail, 2007.
Etching, aquatint, spti bite and soft ground, 12.5 x 26.5 inches.
February 6 - March 4, 2016
Opening Saturday, February 6 from 5 - 7 pm
Artists Bill Harbort, Terry Jelsing, and Tim Schouten will speak at the opening. In 2012, the North Dakota Museum of Art was one of ten cultural organizations in the country to be awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant. The Museum, working in collaboration with Cankdeska Cikana Community College, opened the first exhibition in New York City in 2014 and toured the show to Fort Totten, ND, and the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks.
The original artists Rena Effendi, Bill Harbort, John Hitchcock, Terry Jelsing, Mary Lucier and Tim Schouten continued to make art, which will be unveiled in three exhibitions during 2016, the first being on Saturday, February 6.
Tim Schouten, Red Day Slough, detail, 2015.
Encaustic on panel, 20 x 24 inches.
Barton Lidice Benes lived in a magical apartment in New York City. It was filled with over $1 million in African, Egyptian, South American, Chinese and contemporary art, plus much more as touted in the New York Times when it announced Barton’s intended gift to North Dakota (2/6/05).
Barton Benes and his treasure trove spent decades tucked away in a glorious boxcar space in Westbeth, the artist community in New York’s West Village. There, rare works of art joined ranks with the arcane, the wistful, the amusing, the deeply serious, and a “maddening and morbid array of things” (a human toe found on New York’s Williamsburg Bridge, a stuffed mink wearing a mink coat, an eight-foot giraffe head). This temporary installation suggests the drama and mystery embedded in Barton’s private wonderland. Continue reading...
North Dakota artist Walter Piehl collaborated with Bill Goldston, Director of Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island, to create a work of art as a benefit for the North Dakota Museum of Art. ULAE is known as a pioneer for its work with artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist as they introduced lithography as a fine art form to Americans. Only thirty Walter Piehl prints exist. Print number one will go into the Museum's permanent collection. Print two will be raffled off to the general public, and the remaining twenty-eight are available for Museum supporters, Walter's friends, and collectors. Contact the Museum 701.777.4195 to secure your print, destined to take its rightful place in the history of art on the Northern Plains.
Price: Twenty-eight prints to be sold with all proceeds going to the Museum. Graduated price structure: Edition #3-10 for $2,000 each (SOLD); Edition #11-20 for $2,500 (SOLD); Edition #21-30 for $3,000.
Only 2 prints left
Walter Piehl, Smokey Nellie, Pigmented ink-jet with lithography, 24 x 32 1/4 inches, 2013.
Walter named the work after the two horses his friend Bill Goldston rode as a youngster in Oklahoma.