IF IT PLEASE YOU, LORD….. features a new series of works on paper from Keith Achepohl continuing his long standing relationship with the studio here at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. The representation of the ex-voto and the represented wish are the subject of these powerful new drawings with trace monotypes. Ex-votos are powerful objects through which one can communicate a wish; where there is a need to ask a more powerful being to intercede and heal or give comfort for a personal problem. Ex-votos have been used in various forms since ancient times, by placing an ex-voto in a sacred place and having faith that a prayer could be answered.
M.F.A. The University of Iowa, Honorary Doctorates from Pacific Lutheran University and Knox College. His paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints are included in museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Library of Congress; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.; the Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, Calif.; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wash.; the Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Spain; Kobe Art Museum, Kobe, Japan; and the Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, Penn. Fulbright awards have taken him to Egypt and Turkey. Since 1995 he has been director of The University of Iowa’s summer drawing and printmaking program in Venice, Italy.