Art looks at the ‘Oil Boom’

Fargo printmaker Kent Kapplinger targets issues related to North Dakota’s oil boom in “Beneath the Surface,” an exhibit at the Northwest Art Center’s Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery through Feb. 7.

Kapplinger will attend a public reception for the show Thursday, Jan. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, and will present an artist talk Friday, Jan. 18, at noon in the Aleshire Theater at Minot State University.

The Jan 17 reception also showcases the “Americas 2013: Paperworks” exhibit on display in the Hartnett Hall Gallery through Feb. 20.

“The two shows are related; the Best of Show artist from the Paperworks exhibition is invited to present a solo show the following year,” said Avis Veikley, Northwest Art Center’s director. Kapplinger was named Best of Show artist for Americas 2012: Paperworks. “We are delighted to feature a North Dakota artist. It is quite an honor to receive the top award in this competition. We receive entries from artists all across the U.S. as well as from other countries.”

Americas 2013: Paperworks features 30 works by 24 artists, representing 16 states and two Canadian provinces.

Kapplinger teaches art at North Dakota State University where he has taught printmaking and drawing since 1992. He is director/master printer of the Printmaking, Education and Research Studio institute in Fargo. He received degrees from the University of Iowa, and Augustana College in Sioux Falls.

The exhibits, reception, and artist talk are free and open to the public. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m. This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.