The Old Print Shop

Evan Lindquist

b. 1936

Evan Lindquist was born in Salina, Kansas, in 1936.  He grew up in Emporia, Kansas, and is currently a full-time artist-printmaker in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He taught printmaking and drawing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for forty years and retired from teaching in 2003.  His earned his MFA degree from the University of Iowa in printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky and his BSE degree from Emporia State University.

Honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by The Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA); The Arkansas Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Emporia State University Distinguished Alumni Award.  Lindquist was named to the Centennial list of 100 most distinguished faculty at Arkansas State University 1909-2009. He was honored as Outstanding Faculty Member at ASU and appointed First Chairman of the President’s Fellows. He founded the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition.

Lindquist has work in the collections of The Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Arkansas Arts Center, AR; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, TX; DeCordova Museum, MA; Duxbury Art Complex Museum, MA; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, NY’; Hugh Lane, Dublin Museum of Fine Arts, Ireland; Mississippi Museum of Art, MS; Museum of Art and Archaeology, Columbia; Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery, MO; New Jersey State Museum, NJ; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; Portland Art Museum, Gilkey Center, OR; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain; St Lawrence University, NY; St. Louis Art Museum, MO; San Francisco Art Museums, CA; Achenbach Foundation, CA; Silvermine Guild of Artists, CT; Texas Tech University Museum, TX; Uffizi, Galería Disegno, Italy; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.  

“Throughout the 1950s, I enjoyed working as a calligrapher and graphic artist. In 1955, I began experimenting with burin engraving, learning to engrave lines into copper plates. This grand old medium, that was used brilliantly by Albrecht Dürer and Lucas van Leyden, was invented about six centuries ago. But by 1960, it was rapidly becoming a forgotten art, neglected by 20th-century printmakers and teachers who failed to pass its secrets on to their students.

For more than 50 years, I've concentrated on this demanding medium of engraving. Each time I begin to engrave a plate, I am confident that this is what I was meant to do. It is what I do best. While engraving, I know that I will find myself within the copper plate.”

Watch Evan Lindquist engrave 

Evan Lindquist engraves Albrecht Durer