Heralded as one of the premiere exhibitions in the United States, the eighth annual Delta "Beach Seen 86," intaglio, chine colle, offset woodcut, by Keith Achepohl, has been chosen as the 2003 President's Purchase Award that will go into the permanent collection at Arkansas State University.National Small Prints Exhibition will open in Bradbury Gallery at Fowler Center on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro on October 23, 2003.

   Founded in 1996 by Emeritus Professor of Art Evan Lindquist, the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition attracts prints from throughout the United States and across the world. Well-known in national art circles, the DNSPE has this year been served by David W. Kiehl, curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, acting as juror to the exhibition.

   Kiehl said he believes that of all the major juried print exhibitions, the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition offers an experience that is unique for the artists who submit work and for the juror as well.

   "There is much pleasure in opening mats, removing glassine, setting up the prints and then stepping back to look, to analyze, to make judgments," Kiehl said. "My time in the back room of the Bradbury Gallery was a bit of Eden--a time-out to do something that gives me great pleasure. It is my hope that much of my pleasure is shared with the visitors to the gallery during the run of the show."

   Bradbury Gallery Director Les Christensen said Kiehl's service as juror to the exhibition is one of two unique features to this year's exhibition.

   "Mr. Kiehl not only took a serious and sincere approach to jurying this year's submissions," she noted, "but he also gave a very informative public presentation reflecting his extensive knowledge and insight into collecting contemporary prints."

   Christensen said the second unique feature of this year's exhibition is the addition of a "learning gallery" for junior and senior high school arts students.

   "Invitations have been sent to art teachers in the region," she explained. "Students will learn what a print is, and in learning will be introduced to four main categories of print making: relief, intaglio, lithography and screen printing. The students will see what tools and products are used in each process, and will be shown how that process works to create a print."

   Christensen said without the support of many sponsors, the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition could not continue.

   The Delta National Small Prints Exhibition will be on public display, free of charge, from October 24 through November 21 in Bradbury Gallery at Fowler Center. Gallery hours are from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, contact Fowler Center, (870) 910-8115.


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