Dordt College News

Acker, Versluis art exhibit through December

November 8, 2005

An exhibition of ceramics by Northwestern College art professor Karen Acker and digital prints by Dordt College art professor David Versluis will be on display in the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery November 16 through December 31. An opening reception with the artists is scheduled for November 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Versluis Artwork

Professor Acker specializes in ceramic art. She holds an M.F.A. in sculpture and ceramics from Central Michigan University, an M.B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Case Western University. In addition, her artwork has been shown extensively in national exhibitions throughout the United States and in a number of international shows, including exhibitions in France, Italy, Germany and New Zealand.

Acker’s ceramics sensitively combine porcelain and wood in ways that emphasize the seemingly incompatible nature of the materials and feature precarious balances, both physical and emotional. The tension and movement of the compositions suggest change, transformation and the state of being in-between.

Versluis holds an M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and B.F.A. from Calvin College. His work has been exhibited in Chicago, Detroit, Montreal and in numerous other venues throughout the United States. As a graphic designer, his client list included Steelcase, Trendway, Union Pump Company, and Aves Advertising.

The works by David Versluis, begun in 2004 for this show, comprise a series of larger scale digital prints featuring a beached fish photographed at Spirit Lake, Iowa in 2002. As Versluis says “I see these images as emblematic of the design process and the construction of the printed image.” This show studies design as an imaginative process and how visual form and content combine to function as communication. Needless to say, the fish image itself is loaded with meaning and conjures up many symbols and metaphors.”

The public is invited to this free art exhibition. The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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