LINDSBORG, KAN., September 12, 2011—Artist Jordi Arkö, Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies at Bethany College, joins Bethany as artist-in-residence this September. In addition to teaching classes and working with Bethany students, faculty, and staff, Arkö will participate in numerous public events, starting with a presentation during Bethany’s Chapel service on September 21 at 10:30 a.m in Burnett Center.
Arkö will make his first public address entitled “Printmakers and Printmaking in Sweden” at 2 p.m. on September 25 in Lindquist Hall. Arkö will discuss the status of printmaking in contemporary Sweden, current Swedish graphic artists and groups, and the influences on contemporary graphic arts in Sweden, including influences on Arkö’s own work. This illustrated talk will feature visual reproductions of Arkö’s prints.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information on Arkö’s tenure at Bethany, visit www.bethanylb.edu//arko.
Arkö will also teach the course “Modern and Contemporary Swedish Art,” which is available for credit, for audit, and through the bridge program for high school students. For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8105.
Arkö comes to Bethany from Garsås in Dalarna, Sweden. Arkö has studied art history, archaeology, and ethnology at the University of Stockholm College of Design and Fine Arts, and he has a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in free art and graphic design from the Royal Institute of Arts
Arkö has exhibited around the world, including across Sweden and in the U.S., England, Denmark, Ireland, France, Germany, and Japan. His well-known artworks include etchings entitled Samtal med Goya, “Conversation with Goya,” a 295-foot long tapestry depicting Frans G. Bengtsson’s Viking novel Röde Orm, “The Long Ships,” and over 100 lithographs illustrating the same novel. Arkö has also designed Swedish postage stamps and Nobel Prize diplomas, and he recently designed a new antependium for the Mora church in Dalarna, Sweden.
The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies is endowed by a gift from the late Gerald “Bud” Pearson. It was created so that students, faculty, staff, and community members can explore and understand ways in which modern Swedish culture and experience can be learned and incorporated into their own lives.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.