Painter and printmaker Michael K. Aakhus is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Art at the University of Southern Indiana. His artwork, represented in public and private collections throughout the United States and Mexico, has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions throughout North America since 1975. As a Professor of Art he is known as a scholar of the ancient art of Mesoamerica and has led tours to Central and South America annually for several decades. Closer to home, his restoration and reproduction work with the original plates of John James Audubon in Henderson, Kentucky, earned him national recognition; the recipient of numerous awards and grants, he was named Artist of the Year in 2009 by the Arts Council of Southern Indiana.

Michael Aakhus is the feature artist of Knut House: Volume One. The body of work appearing therein was composed recently in 2014 and first appeared at the “Master Teacher” exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science in the spring of 2015; however, each mixed media drawing is itself a collage containing torn-up fragments of earlier works he’d created throughout his long career, from the mid-1970s to the present day. The mutilation of his own artwork into bits, which he then reassembled into new forms, seemed a fitting contribution to the theme of Knut House, Volume One: The Insanity Edition.

The Marbles

The Peaches of Thebes, Paper of San Pablito