International prints fill BSC’s Gannon Gallery

An exhibit of prints made with a process dating to the 1600s is on display at the Bismarck State College Gannon Gallery.

The International Mezzotint Exchange Exhibition contains the works of 24 artists from eight nations, including Linda Whitney of Valley City, N.D. She will present a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the exhibit reception that runs from 4 to 6 p.m. in the BSC Library.

Whitney curated the exhibit and is traveling with the pieces to five galleries in North Dakota, Montana and New York. She is chair of the Art Department at Valley City State University (VCSU), which showed the exhibit last winter.

The mezzotint printmaking process is long and labor intensive. It was invented by German artist Ludwig von Siegen in the 1600s and was used up to the early 20th century, when other techniques gained popularity. The mezzotint technique has experienced resurgence the past 20 years.

For this exhibit, artists from France, Spain, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Serbia, Canada, and several areas of the United States created a mezzotint work to exchange with other members of the International Mezzotint Society. They created an edition of 25 prints and donated one for the exhibit.

Whitney is a well-known North Dakota artist and teacher. She has taught widely and served on many boards. Whitney is the current art director and board president of Community School of the Arts at VSCU, print studio advisor for the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, and member of the North Dakota Arts Education Task Force.

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