IN RETROSPECT: John Whitesell Four Decades

When Jan 09, 2014 01:50 PM to
Feb 23, 2014 01:50 PM
Where Schneider Hall Galleries
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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9, 5:00-7:00pm

John Whitesell has been a notable Professor of Fine Arts specializing in printmaking at the University of Louisville since 1973.  IN RETROSPECT: John Whitesell Four Decades highlights artwork from his outstanding career over the past 40 years.  The show will open in Schneider Hall Galleries with a reception Thursday, January 9 from 5:00-7:00pm.

Professor Whitesell, head of the printmaking area, former Chair of Fine Arts and Director of the Hite Art Institute, is represented in more than twenty-five public collections including the Library of Congress. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College and Masters of Fine ArtsFA from Indiana University. He also studied printmaking at Miami University of Ohio.  Over the span of his career he has had several mentors including Marvin Lowe and Rudy Pozzatti at Indiana University, as well as Robert Wolfe at Miami University.

Early in his career, screen printmaking was Whitesell’s primary medium, though he has worked in most traditional printmaking media. Throughout the years he has continued to expand upon his practice through the use and application of computer and digital media. Most recently the incorporation of natural sources has become an integral component in his work. As a biologist and field naturalist in his early 20s, the natural history of plants and animals has always been of particular interest to him. His photographic studies of nature date back to the 1960s and have become a serious element in his personal iconography. Professor Whitesell's current work is inspired from these natural sources and printed in relief and stencil techniques.

John Whitesell received an Indiana Artist Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. He has exhibited his prints throughout the United States and internationally in over 150 exhibitions. Images of his work have been published in several venues and online.

Professor Whitesell continues to make a positive impact on Hite students, faculty, and staff through his innovative work and genial demeanor.  This exhibition celebrates and honors his tremendous influence at the University, his recognition in the field of printmaking, and his continuing impact on students and peers.  the exhibition is a visual exploration of his career including the numerous printmakingfolios or anthologies that he has both participated in and organized, as well as a review of the many outstanding students that have studied under his tuteledge.  The exhibition will run through February 23, 2014.

Gallery Hours

Hite Art Institute, Schneider Hall Galleries:  
Mon.-Fri., 9:00 am- 4:30 pm; Sat., 10: 00 am-2:00 pm; & Sun., 1:00-4:00 pm

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