NKU to host free public presentations by renowned artist Matt Kish April 16

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Wednesday – March 27, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University will host two presentations by nationally renowned artist Matt Kish on April 16 in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium.

Kish has become known nationally for his book Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page. At 3:30 p.m., he will create a brand new Moby-Dick drawing to be donated to the NKU Steely Library. Kish has never before done this before a live audience. At 7 p.m. he will give an illustrated lecture on the creation of his Moby-Dick project. Both events are free and open to the public, and the evening lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing.

“It’s a real honor to have Matt Kish coming for two events on April 16,” said NKU English Professor Robert Wallace, who has published numberous books and articles on Moby-Dick and is organizing Kish’s visit. “His Moby-Dick in Pictures is a magnificent achievement. His lecture on creating the 552 drawings for this book, one for every page, a new one every day, is fascinating whether or not a person is familiar with Moby-Dick. And to see him create a new drawing just for us is something no other audience has ever experienced.”

Kish created his 2011 book by making one drawing for each of the 552 pages of Moby-Dick, completing one drawing every single day. All of those originals have already been sold, and 20 have been acquired by the Steely Library in connection with Kish’s April 16 visit.

He has been extremely popular with on-line audiences as well as with those who heard him last year on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross (NPR). In January of this year he was the featured artist and lecturer at the Moby-Dick Marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts.

Kish is a librarian at the Dayton (Ohio) Public Library. His presentations at NKU are being sponsored by the Friends of Steely Library, the English Department, the Honors Program and the Office of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.

RSVPs are requested for the evening lecture to Sandi Webster at (859) 572-5656 or websr@nku.edu.

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