New exhibit showcases work of long-time Fine Arts Professor John Whitesell
Since 1973, John Whitesell has been a professor of fine arts, specializing in printmaking. A new exhibit at the Hite Art Institute will showcase his career highlights from the last 40 years.
“IN RETROSPECT: John Whitesell Four Decades” opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Schneider Hall Galleries.
The exhibition is a visual exploration of Whitesell’s career, including the numerous printmaking folios or anthologies that he has both participated in and organized, as well as a review of some of the outstanding students that have studied under his tutelage.
Whitesell, a former chair of fine arts and former 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 his MFA from Indiana University. He also studied printmaking at Miami University of Ohio. 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 more than150 exhibitions.
Early in his career screen printmaking was Whitesell’s primary medium, though he has worked in most traditional printmaking media. He has continued to expand upon his practice through the use and application of computer and digital media. Most recently, he has explored the incorporation of natural sources into his work.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run through Feb. 23 at the Schneider Hall Galleries. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For information about the Hite Art Institute, visit http://louisville.edu/art/ or call (502) 852-6794.