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.