Art Exhibit – “A Protest Against Forgetting”
June 9 @ 9:00 am - July 30 @ 5:00 pm
A Protest Against Forgetting
by Jim Falck
Exhibits: June 9 – July 30, 2022
The Falck Collection comprises over 1,600 works of art created by the artist, architect Jim Falck over a period of 60 years, beginning in the mid-1950s until the 2010s. They were donated to NDSU by the Jim Falck estate at the time of his death in 2013, and are owned by the NDSU Development Foundation.
The majority of these pieces are paintings done in acrylic on paper and range in subject matter from landscapes and still lifes to portraits. There are also a number of works on canvas, as well as nearly 120 ceramic sculptures. References to Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, and Clyfford Still can be frequently spotted in Falck’s images.
Jim Falck was born in Edgeley, ND on December 24, 1928, and grew up on the family farm near Buchanan, ND. After a year at Jamestown College, he transferred to North Dakota Agricultural College. He studied architecture and maintained an active role in the student community.
Upon graduating in 1953, he served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, after which he embarked on an architectural career. By 1963, he returned to Denver, where he worked for Victor Hornbein, one of America’s most significant and influential architects of the mid-twentieth century.
When Jim retired in 1988, he moved to Beverly, MA, where he enrolled at Montserrat College of Art with a fine arts concentration. During this period of intense study, the style of his work evolved into a resolute dedication to abstract, figurative and landscape modernist aesthetics. Finding inspiration beyond the United States, Jim traveled throughout Europe and Mexico, painting in residency programs in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and San Miguel, Mexico. In Portugal he was the first artist-in-residence at Fundação da Casa Mateus, and in Spain he was offered studio space in Gallifa by the Artigas Foundation, where Picasso and Miró had also done residencies.
Over the last 25 years of his life, Jim would return to these places to find inspiration in the landscapes and people. Jim’s paintings capture and celebrate the excitement of encountering new places and people. His exposure to the beauty of the landscapes and vibrant cultures of these places inspired Jim to return time and again through memory and travel. Because of his love of Viterbo, Italy, Jim sponsored one NDSU student every year for a decade to attend a summer study abroad program in Viterbo.
With his death on October 5, 2013, he left behind an indelible mark on the architectural world of Boston and a deeply felt impact in the visual arts. In the relatively short period after his retirement, he completed an impressive body of paintings that numbers in the thousands, the majority of which were donated to NDSU.
Admission to The Arts Center gallery is free and open to all. Gallery hours are:
Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm