Mecklin to judge Pekin art show

Staff reports
Caroline Mecklin

The Nelson County Arts Council is pleased to announce that Caroline M. Mecklin of Hastings, Minn., will juror the 2011 Pekin Days Art Show, slated for June 23-26. North Dakota artists and patrons might recognize Mecklin as an assistant professor of art at Valley City State University in the 1980’s.

Since leaving Valley City, Mecklin has taught at the University of Nebraska and the Herron School of Art, part of the larger Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.  Her recognition as an artist has been acclaimed regionally, nationally and internationally.  She has conducted residencies and has exhibited her work in Mexico and Brazil as well as within the states.  Mecklin was one of five artists featured in the book “Indianapolis: Leading the Way” and spent a five year painting collaboration with Adriana Diaz of California at the Vermont Studio Center.  The painting project concluded with an exhibition of “Conversations in Paint” at the Indianapolis Art Center in 2001.  In 2009 she was awarded the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, which is awarded to mid-career members of the arts community through the Indianapolis Arts Council.

Mecklin is well known for her strongly colored figurative paintings and life drawings.  “…her work challenges us to really look at what Shakespeare called our mortal coil. Ultimately this means that Caroline challenges us to think about the ways we regard our most intimate selves.” - D. Hoppe, Nuvo, 2007.

After 32 years exhibiting and teaching art in California, Nebraska, North Dakota and most recently, Indianapolis, Caroline has returned to Minnesota and set up a studio in Lowertown, St. Paul in the Jax Building. A small selection of Meckin’s work will be exhibited in the foyer of the Pekin City Auditorium during the Pekin Days Art Show.