Navrat featured in retrospective exhibition Featured in the Main Gallery of the College of Fine Arts at USD Jan. 10-31 will be a retrospective exhibition: Imaging the Edge of Whirl by Den Navrat, covering examples of Navrat's work spanning the period 1965-2005. The one-hundred works in the exhibition will include selections from 11 series of artistic creations completed by Navrat in the visual media of painting, printmaking, photography, and handmade paper art during his lengthy career as artist, teacher, and administrator.
Professor Navrat, who has taught over 3,000 students during his career in higher education, plans to retire from The University of South Dakota at the end of spring semester, 2005.
An artist's reception open to the public will be held in the gallery on Friday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Navrat, professor of art at The University of South Dakota since 1989, served as department chair through 1997. He serves as the College of Fine Arts international coordinator, and as a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Previously he taught at Dickinson State University (ND) from 1966-1989, at Southport College of Art, England, on a Fulbright-Hays scholarship during 1976-77, and at The Institute of Logopedics, Wichita, KS, in 1965-66. He earned an MFA degree from Wichita State University and a BA degree from Kansas State University.
An artist since 1962, he has exhibited in nearly 400 exhibitions in the USA, Africa, Canada, England, and Germany, including 45 solo exhibitions. He specializes in handmade paper art, painting, and mixed media, and operates the Hummingbird Mill & Studio at his home in Vermillion.
As an artist/educator in higher education since 1966, he has served community arts development, including appointments to the board of directors of the North Dakota Council on the Arts by three different governors, serving for 12 years. He also served on the board of directors of the Vermillion Area Arts Council.
As an artist / educator / administrator since 1971, he directed the Mind's Eye Gallery at DSU for 21 years, and has headed art departments for 18 years at both DSU and USD.
He has been referenced in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the Midwest, and other biographies.