Department SpotlightArt Professor's Work Earns National 'Best of Show' Award
The work of Whitworth Assistant Professor of Art Scott Kolbo recently earned the Best of Show in Printmaking Award at the 28th annual Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition. The Bradley National is a selective exhibition featuring some of the best examples of contemporary printmaking and drawing. The artists' works were judged by Mark Pascale, the curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.
"I enjoy the idea of my artwork being visible on a national level," Kolbo says. "That's what artists make this stuff for - in the hope that as many people as possible will see it and be affected by it. It's an honor to have a large audience, but it also means that the level of quality has to be high in the work you put out there; it raises the bar a little bit."
Kolbo's wining artwork, titled "Naaman Dirty," is included in the Bradley National on-line exhibition catalog at www.bradley.edu/bradleynational/28/award3.html. The piece is part of a series of 12 etchings about a character called Naaman, named after the leper in the Bible. Kolbo says the first piece of the series acts as a "before" shot and the final etching serves as an "after" shot of the story. The complete series can be viewed at www.malaspina.com/faerspe/1/.
"Visual communication has a lot of power to shape how people think about and see their world," Kolbo says. "I love attempting to make them think differently about things they normally accept at face value."
Kolbo holds a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor of fine arts in painting and printmaking from Boise State University.