Chris Kienke's 'You Promised Me Poems' art exhibit opens April 3

Internationally renowned artist Chris Kienke's exhibit "You Promised Me Poems," will be on display Tuesday, April 3, through Friday, April 27, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in Luther College's Center for the Arts.

There will be an artist's talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Center for the Arts, Room 203, and a reception at 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Kirstin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts. These events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

"You Promised Me Poems" examines iconic visual imagery found in American cultural identities. According to Kienke, images from social media, film and television shape individual and collective cultural values. Kienke believes these values are reflected by institutional ideas in his artwork. He says these values also represent a sense of the American identity, and who can share in American values.

"The continuing discussions of social, political, historical and economic issues filtered through nationalistic and patriotic ideals found in social media, film and television in the United States is a dialogue that demands visual rendering," Kienke said.

Kienke's work has been exhibited in more than 70 shows worldwide, including solo exhibitions at the University of Kentucky, the Art Center at the National Central University in Taiwan, the Amos Eno Gallery in New York City and the University of Wisconsin at Osh Kosh.

In addition to solo exhibitions, Kienke also has artwork in permanent collections around the globe at ABN Amro Bank in Dubai; the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia; the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom National Art Collection in London, England. 

Kienke received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

From 1998-99, Kienke was a fellow at Hospitalfield House in Scotland and at the Vermont Studio Center in 2003 and 2007.

Kienke currently serves on the faculty of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.