Kapplinger Piece Wins Best of Show
February 2, 2012
Kent Kapplinger, Associate Professor of NDSU Visual Arts, was awarded Best of Show for his piece “27000 Wells” in Americas 2012: Paperworks, an annual international juried exhibition at Northwest Art Center in Minot, ND. A lithograph titled “North Dakota Slant” was also accepted into the exhibition. This year, 180 artists submitted works from around the world with a total of 552 works for consideration. Kapplinger’s work was among 56 selected for the exhibition by juror Michael Barnes, a printmaker and professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
As Best of Show recipient, Kapplinger will receive a solo exhibition next year with an accompanying honorarium, plus the selected work will become part of the Center’s permanent collection.
Kapplinger is an Associate Professor of Art at North Dakota State University where he teaches printmaking and drawing, and directs the Printmaking Education and Research Studio (PEARS) and Art Bank rental programs. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Iowa and Bachelor of Arts in Art from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. He has received fellowships from the Hungarian Multicultural Center, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Woodstock School of Art, New York, and Vinalhaven Press, Maine. His work has been shown in over 180 individual and group exhibitions and can be seen in nearly 40 public and corporate collections, including the Special Collections Department & Rare Books Room at the University of Colorado; The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Johnson & Johnson Company in New Jersey; Museum of Texas Tech University; and Schenectady Museum in New York.