Springfield, Ohio – Artist Robert Kipniss, Wittenberg University class of 1950, one of America’s most distinguished painters and printmakers, returns to his alma mater the week of April 5 for the 2009-10 Witt Series-sponsored Visual Artist Residency.
In addition to meeting with students in their painting classes throughout the week, Kipniss will present a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Bayley Auditorium of the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, and a selection of his prints will be on exhibit in the Ann Miller Gallery of Koch Hall.
Wittenberg and its hometown of Springfield, Ohio, have had a strong influence on Kipniss’s work. The British Museum in London actually began its Kipniss collection with the acquisition of his painting titled Springfield, O.
In 1979, Kipniss returned to Wittenberg to receive an honorary doctorate, and during his visit, he said he realized that he was “riding through the landscapes of his own paintings…that many of his paintings were the unconscious echoes of his college days."