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CIVA's SILVER at Dordt Art Gallery

September 21, 2006

Art ExhibitionTwenty-five original prints by 25 noted contemporary Christian artists are being featured at the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery through October 15. The art exhibition is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The exhibit was created by CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts), a group of artists who seek to leave a visual record of faith for future generations. The SILVER exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of that organization, and is the sixth suite of prints in a series begun in 1994, which included the work of Jacob Van Wyk, professor of art at Dordt College. The first Codex suite of prints is now part of Dordt College’s permanent art collection, located on the third floor of the campus center in the Vermeer Business Center.

The project was conceived and administrated by Edward Knippers, an expressive realist painter/printmaker from Washington D.C. In this exhibit, 25 artists were asked to study and respond to a work in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., creating their own artistic statement.

“The resulting artwork celebrates the potentials of intaglio, lithography, serigraph and block printing, but also explores mixed and digital techniques … The richness of the outcome speaks for itself,” says Knippers, curator and project manager.

The exhibit run the gamut of every possible traditional printmaking technique: intaglio, aquatint, drypoint, lithography, woodcut, linoleum relief, serigraphy, collagraph, embossing, and chine collé; to works that combine traditional methods with digital ones. Each piece is hung together with an artist statement and a small thumbnail photo of the famous artwork it was created in response to.

Works in the SILVER Portfolio reflect two overarching themes: traditional religious content and contemporary issues responding to art from previous eras.

As one would expect, central narratives of Christianity such as the birth of the Christ child, the calling of the Apostles, Christ at the Sea of Galilee, and the crucifixion are featured in some works.

But others reflect contemporary issues: for example, the tragedy of 9/11 is captured in Tim High’s “Bright Clear Morning” which replicates the serene work of Edouard Manet of a woman and child by a park fence: however, High’s version adds twin towers crushing down in a rush of smoke.

Featured art/artists in the SILVER exhibition include Shirah/Sandra Bowden, Cain Malady/Katherine Brimberry, Mystical Marriage/Tanja Butler, Balance Sheet/Guy Chase, Pietà/Tyrus Clutter, Adrift on the Lethe/Fred Folsom, Variation on Triple Gong/Donald Forsythe, Deposition/Wayne Forte, Nets/Makoto Fujimura, The Death of St. Clare/Leah Gregoire, Nativity/ Bruce Herman, The Artist and Her Son/Kathy Hettinga, After Manet, A Bright Clear Morning/Tim High (from Vanity Fair Series No. 27), The Peaceable Kingdom?/Doug Jaques, Trinity/Edward Knippers, Death and the Miser/Scott Kolbo, Nota bene/George Langbroek, Trinity/Jonathan Millet, Trying to Keep it*/Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, Fragments of Metanoia/Margaret Adams Parker, Le Christ merchant sur la mer/Jacques Sassandra, Hemispheres/Sarah Sears, Hopper’s View/Joel Sheesley, Saint Lucy’s Cabinet/ Timothy Sheesley, and Melencolia/Timothy Van Laar.

For more information about this display or to view it online, go to www.civa.org

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