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James Ehlers

James Ehlers

Profile Location
Emporia , KS

James Ehlers was born and raised in Lake Charles, LA. He earned his MFA from the University of Florida and is currently the Don and Mary Glaser Distinguished Professor of Engraving Arts at Emporia State University in Kansas -- the only school in the nation to offer a BFA with a concentration in Engraving Arts. Since 2007, he has given numerous engraving workshops at various events including the Frogman’s Printmaking Workshop (South Dakota), IMPACT Printmaking Conferences (Dundee, Scotland and Bristol, England), MAPC (Minnesota), and universities around the country. He has participated in group exhibitions in Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Poland, Portugal, Norway, Romania, The Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, and across the United States.

Artist Statement

Fear of disease, politics, other people, climate change, and a need for distraction from boredom are repeated themes. Cellphones imply a world of vanity, mental programming/assimilation, and mistrust of reality evidenced by a constant need to document. Works with an open landscape feature a house from a Thomas Kincade painting. Kincade houses reference being marketed an American dream of spirituality, stability, and inner peace. A Rotting twitter bird is the symbolic flag bearer of the mass dissemination of information, regardless of truthfulness. It is the symbol of the divisive communication platform of social media and the willingness of the masses to embrace simulation culture. I aim to document contemporary struggles in an antiquated fashion, illustrating that advances in the world may make life easier. Still, fear, conflict, and manipulation will persevere in our evolutionary wiring.

Print / Paper

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Una Scott
Kestutis Vasiliunas
Wesley Kramer
Nicholas Wilson
Wuon Gean Ho
Nikki Barber
Ximena Medina Sancho
Kristin Boyer
Kim Fink
Madilyn Anderson
Brady Nichols
Mara Cozzolino
Ben Bohnsack
Marga Galins
Tenjin Ikeda
Merlyn Chesterman
Nathaniel Ruleaux
Christopher Thomas
Normandie Syken
Michael DalCerro
Rich Fowler
Art Hazelwood
Savannah Crawford
Nina Jordan
Shealagh Pope
Colin Denney
Johanna Mueller
Susan Marie Brundage
Josh Winkler
Tanushree Vachharajani
Katrina Dienno
Tom Virgin
Kelly Hanning
Carol Acquilano
Cynthia Back
Holly Berry
Claire Bowman
Donna Brown
Art Brown
Christa Carleton
Gino Castellanos
Bernhard Cociancig
Ben Darling
Danielle Dewees
Gil Dickinson
James Ehlers
Ian Huebert
David Johnson
Brian Kreydatus
Jim Monson
Alexandra Motiu
Claudio Orso
Andy Owen
Agata Perzynska
Endi Poskovic
Alyssa Ringler
Catherine Rozmarynowycz
Aric Russom
Adrian Tio
Donald VanAuken
6/3/22 to 8/26/22
Print / Paper

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