On Friday, February 26, the KCAI Printmaking Department hosted visiting artist Kristin Powers Nowlin. Kristin presented her work in a lecture and brought her amazing prints for us to see. She also hosted a critique with a group of printmaking majors from all class levels. (picture above)
Kristin Powers Nowlin, a native of Ames, IA, is currently a professor at Southeast Missouri State University. She received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and her MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Her work has been exhibited in over 100 solo, group and juried exhibitions. Recent prints were included in the LaGrange National XXV 2008 Biennial Exhibition (LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia), where she received a Purchase Prizefrom the LaGrange Art Museum. Her work was also included in the 29th Annual Paper in Particular 2008 (Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri), Open Expression: Contemporary American Printmaking Art (American University in Egypt), the 21st Annual International Exhibition (The University of Texas at Tyler), and Beyond Printmaking: Juried Exhibition (Texas Tech University). In the last two years, Kristin had solo shows at the University of Northern Colorado, Rosewood Gallery (Ohio), the Manhattan Arts Center (Kansas), and the University of Nebraska Rotunda Gallery.
Kristin was a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in the discipline of Visual Arts – Works on Paper in 2002. She was a printmaking artist-in-residence at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2004 and at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming in 2005.
For the past twelve years, her work has dealt with issues of race and gender. Through a blend of digital and traditional printmaking and fiber techniques, she explores issues of marginalized subcultures, stereotypes, and coded language. The work challenges the way American culture perceives and judges groups of people, as well as the way groups of people interact with one another. While some pieces intentionally and consciously use stereotypes as a critique of their absurdity, others explore the issues through personal narratives.
More about Kristin Powers Nowlin can be found on her website.