Dordt College News

Kaericher show at Dordt art gallery

January 3, 2006

An exhibition of graphic works by Northwest Iowa artist John Kaericher will be featured at the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery January 6 through February 5, open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Kaericher’s show is retrospective of his 42 years as a professor of art at Northwestern College, beginning in 1963 and concluding with his recent retirement.


“I consider John to be an outstanding printmaker and an Iowa cultural/artistic treasure. It’s a privilege to have this exhibition at Dordt,” says art gallery director, David Versluis. “This show should not be missed.”

For instance, one print in the show entitled “The Table” Kaericher conveys to viewers the dynamics of human relationships and living in community, centered on Christ’s shalom. “In this way Kaericher’s work seems prophetic,” commented Versluis.

With a technique that is mature, rich, direct, expressive of character and personally bold with profound sensitivity, Versluis says every line of Kaericher’s work is drawn with delightful dexterity as the lines build, increase and layer to produce an incredible depth of tonal values from darkness into lightness.

Printmaking has been important in the history of North America, particularly here in the Midwest. The fine art print, a multiple yet an original is associated with affordable art and is a medium unique and distinctive in its own right.

Kaericher’s work reflects the influence and legacies of his teachers, David Driesbach and Mauricio Lasansky, who was a prominent printmaker at New York’s Atelier 17 during the printmaking revival in the United States in the 1940s.

Kaericher first learned printmaking from Driesbach, who taught at Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois in the 1950s (1954 to 1959) and had been a student of Maurico Lasansky.

After graduating from Millikin University, Kaericher went on to study with Lasansky at the University of Iowa, where Lasanky had developed a world-renowned printmaking workshop. Kaericher graduated with an M.F.A. degree in 1963, and that year joined Northwestern College’s faculty.

In 1985, Kaericher was honored to be selected to participate in the Iowa Printmakers Invitational Exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center.

“John’s own personal style and image making clearly comes through in this show, but his work also indicates the impact his teachers had on him,” says Versluis. “From Dreisbach seems to come an imaginary and meaningful cast of characters within a theatrical stage setting. From Lasansky there comes nuance and a poignant sense of human interaction with all its joys, foibles and inner tensions.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public, with the gallery open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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