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Dordt College artwork on display in Le Mars

May 9, 2012

An exhibit of work by Dordt College artists is on display in the Le Mars Art Center from May 7 to 27. The show features art by Jacob Van Wyk, David Versluis, Matthew Drissell, and Douglas Burg, as well as several past students. Works include photography, painting, fine art prints, ceramic work, drawing, and graphic design.

Dordt College art department chair Jacob Van Wyk, who teaches ceramics and printmaking, will show figurative work in thrown and sculptural ceramics, a six-color stone lithograph, and an oil painting titled Fat Rat Dreams.

David Versluis, graphic design instructor, will show typography-based, computer-generated prints called Coram Deo. The work explores and attempts to visualize in colorful layers, grayscale, and form, the idea that one’s whole life is lived in the presence of the divine and to the honor and glory of God.

Matthew Drissell, who teaches drawing and painting, will display three drawings featuring his children. His works capture moments of discovery and decision, juxtaposing the sensible with the absurd, the real with artificial, the tender with the awkward, the innocent with the experienced.

Doug Burg, a professional photographer from Orange City, will show portraits in large-scale digital prints and from black and white film. His photojournalism work has been widely recognized throughout the region.

The student works in the exhibit are primarily fine art prints, ceramic work, and graphic design. Dordt acquired 20 lithographic limestones from Morningside College, Sioux City, in 2007, and several prints in the exhibit were made using this centuries-old method of offset printing. Dordt’s recently expanded art facilities include a large sculpture and ceramic space with four kilns using reduction, raku, and salt-fired methods, and the clay works on display reflect that range of ceramic process. The graphic design emphasis is one of five emphases in the department of art and design at Dordt College and at least 75 percent of the 50 to 60 art majors choose graphic design as their primary area of study. Computer-generated and photo-based student work on display was generated on the Giclee archival printer in the department.

A public reception for the exhibit coincides with the annual tour of homes in Le Mars at the Art Center on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to noon when art faculty and Dordt alumni will be in attendance. The Art Center in the historic library building is located on Central Avenue, near downtown and is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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