Evan Lindquist

First Artist Laureate
for the State of Arkansas


Evan Lindquist artist-printmaker, Energy, copperplate engraving

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Legacy: Evan Lindquist
16 pages
Essay, "Man with a Burin"
by Judith K. Brodsky,
Founder of Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University.
Introduction by Les Christensen.



Born 1936, Salina, Kansas. Evan Lindquist grew up in Solomon, Kansas, Odessa, Missouri, and Emporia, Kansas. In 1958, he married artist Sharon Lindquist. They have two sons.

1950-1960: He was self-employed as a calligrapher and engrosser, and also worked on commission from national Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity creating hand-lettered charters and membership certificates for national distribution.

1954-1958: He studied Art and Biology at Emporia State University, and was awarded the degree Bachelor of Science in Education with honors in 1958.

1958-1960: He was employed as Staff Artist at Emporia State University.

1960-1963: He studied Printmaking at University of Iowa with Artist-Printmaker Mauricio Lasansky. He was awarded the degree Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 1963.

1963-2003: Professor of Art at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, where he taught Printmaking and Drawing for forty years.

2003-2018: He has continued to work full time as Artist-Printmaker in his private studio.

Selected Honors

2003: Retired from teaching. He was recognized as Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Art, by Arkansas State University.

2013: Appointed first Artist Laureate for the State of Arkansas by Act of Legislature and Governor Mike Beebe.

2010: Lifetime Achievement Award, conferred by The Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA), New York City.

2010: Recognized by Centennial list of 100 Most Distinguished Faculty Members from 1909 to 2009 at Arkansas State University

2009: Profiled, 100 Years 100 Voices, 1909-2009, by Arkansas State University.

2004: Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the Arkansas Arts Council and the Governor of The State of Arkansas.

2004: Distinguished Alumni Award, awarded by Emporia State University

1981: Outstanding Faculty Member, awarded by Arkansas State University

1981: First Chairman of the President’s Fellows, awarded by Arkansas State University

More than 60 solo exhibitions. More than 80 awards in over 300 competitive exhibitions.

Selected Public Collections

Albertina, Vienna; Art Institute of Chicago; Baltimore Museum of Art; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro; Columbia University Libraries, NYC; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Syracuse University Art Galleries; Uffizi, Florence; Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Selected Online Biographies

Follow links below to see detailed profiles.

"Evan Lindquist: The Artist, His Process and Influence".
by Charles Kaufman.
Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA).
Evan Lindquist, article by Charles Kaufman

Biography: The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture.

Biography on WIKIPEDIA
Evan Lindquist

Personal Interview
for Baltimore Museum of Art, by Scott Ponemone
ART I SEE blog, "Evan Lindquist: An Engravers Engraver"

Newsletter of the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Society, Baltimore Museum of Art (cover and short version of Interview).
Evan Lindquist: An Engravers Engraver

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An Artist's Statement

Throughout the 1950s, I enjoyed working as a calligrapher. In 1955, I began learning to engrave lines into copper plates, a medium which I use for Printmaking. I've concentrated on that medium since 1960.

Copperplate engraving was invented about 600 years ago and has been known under many different names, including “burin engraving” and “line engraving”. It is often confused with “etching” and “drypoint”. At one time copperplate engraving was known as the most important of the commercial printing processes, but by the 1950s, it was largely forgotten, misunderstood, and dismissed as “a lost art”.

It was considered too difficult to be commercially useful. Copperplate engraving is my favorite medium of choice.

Artist's Résumé

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Evan Lindquist Master Printmaker, opening reception at The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, September 27 - November 10, 2002 Opening reception, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. September 27 - November 10, 2002

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