Swedish Artist Jordi Arkö to Unveil Original Print for Auction, Present “Organizing Large Art Projects”

LINDSBORG, KAN., October 17, 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 giving a presentation, “Organizing Large Art Projects” on November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall at Bethany College.

Arkö will discuss one of his best-known works, the 295-foot long tapestry depicting Frans G. Bengtsson’s Viking novel Röde Orm, “The Long Ships.” Arkö helped organize and create the piece, which was exhibited through the U.S. and the world in the 1990’s. Arkö also created over 100 lithographs depicting the novel.

In addition to giving this presentation, Arkö will unveil an original print he made specifically for a silent auction held for Bethany College. He announced this art opportunity at his first presentation, “Printmakers and Printmaking in Sweden,” on September 25.

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 in the Levin Room of Pihlblad Memorial Union on December 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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,” and the Röde Orm tapestry and lithographs. 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.

For more information on Arkö’s tenure at Bethany, visit www.bethanylb.edu//arko.

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/.