Wilkins Gallery

GESINE JANZEN - Ancestral Landscapes & Rivers

Gesine Janzen will be bringing her collection of monotypes and wood block prints with an emphasis on her European ancestry, and the Missouri River.  Gesine is the Head of Printmaking at Montana State University in Bozeman. She grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and studied at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, and at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 1998. She has taught since then, at the University of Missouri and at the Art Institute in Kansas City.

                                                                                                                                                                            By Gesine Janzen

                                                                                                                                                                            By Gesine Janzen

Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in several public and corporate collections such as Sprint, Hallmark, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, also in Kansas City, Missouri. Gesine’s current prints and drawings explore the passing of time and the elusive qualities of memory through landscape. Recent images include some of the places where her ancestors lived, such as the Baltic Coast in Poland. She is working on a series of the Missouri river, which stretches from her home near Bozeman to her home state of Kansas and onward.


Watercolor painting is extremely old, dating perhaps to the cave paintings of Paleolithic Europe, and has been used for manuscript illustration since at least Egyptian times, but especially in the European Middle Ages. Botanical artists have traditionally been some of the most exacting and accomplished watercolor painters, and even today, watercolors—with their unique ability to summarize, clarify, and idealize in full color—are used to illustrate scientific and museum publications. Wildlife illustration reached its peak in the 19th century with artists such as John James Audubon.

With that background in mind, we welcome the Society’s members to Lewistown with all of their skills in a challenging medium that is rich in history.  There will be a two-day workshop for the members, but for the right candidate, they offer a scholarship for the classes.  For more information, please contact the Art Center.

                                                                                                                                                Work from the 2016 Montana Watercolor Society Members Show

                                                                                                                                                Work from the 2016 Montana Watercolor Society Members Show

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