Fine arts professor to discuss his 40-year career exhibit


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville fine arts professor John Whitesell will give a free, public talk Feb. 16 about his 40-year retrospective exhibition at the Hite Art Institute.

    Whitesell’s Sunday gallery talk and reception will begin at 2 p.m. and will include a question-and-answer session. The “In Retrospect: John Whitesell Four Decades” exhibit is on display through Feb. 23 in the Schneider Hall galleries on UofL’s Belknap Campus. Besides Whitesell’s work, the show includes art by several of his former students and colleagues.

    Whitesell is head of the fine arts department’s printmaking program and is former department chair and Hite Art Institute director. His artwork is represented in more than 25 public collections, including the Library of Congress, and his prints have appeared nationally and internationally in more than 150 exhibitions.

    The visual exploration of his career includes traditional screen printmaking, use of computer and digital media, relief and stencil techniques and photography. Many reflect the influence of nature, extending to his early career as a biologist and field naturalist.

    Whitesell has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and an Indiana Artist Fellowship. He received a bachelor’s degree from Earlham College and a master of fine arts degree from Indiana University, in addition to studying printmaking at Miami University of Ohio.

    Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

    For more information, call John Begley at 502-852-4483 or Renee Murphy at 502-852-6794.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.