The Northwestern College art professors – Karen Acker, John Kaericher, and Rein Vanderhill – will be displaying their art at the Te Paske Gallery, located in the Korver Arts Center. The exhibit debuts on Feb. 9, and will continue until Mar. 31. There will be an artists’ reception at Te Paske Gallery on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
Professor Karen Acker has been on NW’s faculty since 2000 and currently serves as chair of the art department. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from Central Michigan University, as well as an M.B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University.
For this exhibit, Acker will be displaying sculptures made out of porcelain and steel. These sculptures have been on display all over the United States, as well as countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia and New Zealand. Acker currently teaches ceramics, sculpture, art history and introduction to studio.
Professor John Kaericher has the longest running tenure of all the art professors, having been on the faculty since 1963. He holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Iowa.
Kaericher will be displaying his etchings and drawings for this exhibit. His etchings and drawings, as well as engravings and drypoints, have been featured in over 30 solo exhibits, as well as over 100 invitational and juried shows across the United States, including galleries in Chicago and New York. His work has also been displayed internationally in the Netherlands. In addition, Kaericher’s work is also a part of numerous public and private collections.
Kaericher currently teaches drawing, introduction to studio and beginning and advanced printmaking.
Professor Rein Vanderhill, who has been on the faculty since 1974, earned his M.F.A. in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Vanderhill will be displaying his paintings for this exhibit. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in all over the midwest, including Michigan, Illinois, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. Some of his work is also represented in galleries in Holland, Mich. and Omaha, Neb.
His paintings feature floral compositions of high contrast and intense colors. He has also painted landscapes of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The appeal of Vanderhill’s paintings is widespread, and they have been purchased for the collections of banks, hospitals, colleges and businesses.
Vanderhill currently teaches painting, photography, computer graphics and introduction to studio.
For more information on this art display, please talk to any of the art professors. All are encouraged to make their way to the Korver Art Center to check out the awesome art being displayed.