Dordt College News

Kaplan Art display, reception in September

August 28, 2003

During September, Dordt College will host a special art exhibition of 15 linocuts by New York artist, Mr. Stan Kaplan. The exhibit will be displayed in the Campus Center Art Gallery. The exhibition is entitled “Images: Between the Lines” and is also the title of his recent book which features this print series. The show will be displayed from September 1 through 28. Kaplan Art Show

A public reception for the artist will be held Thursday, September 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, Mr. Kaplan will present a public lecture on Socially Conscious Art on Thursday at 3.p.m. in the classroom building, C160, on Dordt’s campus.

Kaplan is an artist printmaker who works with graphic images and words. This show visualizes the meaning of his combat experience during World War II and visit to Buchenwald after liberation. This exhibition is a poignant expression of emotions of his war experiences nearly 60 years ago. His approach to subjects of war, bigotry and the Holocaust, with art, is a unique perspective on these issues.

Stan Kaplan was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1925. After graduating from the High School of Music and Art, he served two years in the U.S. Army. His educational degrees were from the Cooper Union School of Art, New York University, and Pratt Institute Graduate School of Art in New York City. An active artist since 1950, he also taught at Nassau Community College, Garden City New York for 30 years. His body of work is divided between wood carved murals, printmaking and artists books. His commissions have been from ITT, Wallace Labs, Dell Books, IBM and many others.

Mr. Kaplan’s prints are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and in many other prestigious collections. He has participated in over 150 group and 75 solo exhibitions, has received several awards and has written numerous articles on art. He is past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists. In 1978 he created Tortoise Press and organized his prints into traveling exhibits with catalogs or artists books.

The Dordt College art gallery is located in the Campus Center Building in Sioux Center and is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is no charge to view the art show.

For further information contact David Ver Sluis, 712-722-6374.

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