LINDSBORG, KAN., October 3, 2011—Artist Jordi Arkö is Bethany College’s 2011 Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies. In addition to teaching classes and working with Bethany students, faculty, and staff, Arkö will participate in numerous public events, including sitting on a discussion panel during Lindsborg’s Svensk Hyllningsfest on October 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Burnett Center at Bethany College.
The panel will discuss hur svenskt är little Sweden, or “how Swedish is Little Sweden.”
Arkö’s first presentation was “Printmakers and Printmaking in Sweden” on September 25. Arkö discussed printmaking in contemporary Sweden and featured visual reproductions of Arkö’s prints.
Arkö also announced that Bethany will hold a silent auction for a print he made specifically for that purpose. The painting will be unveiled at Arkö’s presentation “Organizing Large Art Projects” on November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall. Additional original prints of the same image that are each numbered and signed will also be available for purchase at Bethany’s Alternative Gift Market held on December 2 and 3.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information on Arkö’s tenure at Bethany, visit www.bethanylb.edu//arko.
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/.