University Museums

Title: Rust and Black Field
Name: Drawing
Date: 1999
Medium: Pastel and paper
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 17 x 25 1/2 in. (43.2 x 64.8 cm)
Classification: Drawings
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program for the Administrative Services Building. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Administrative Services, Conference Room 1155
Object Number: U99.43
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If consistent professional quality and satisfaction to both arts aficionados and a broad general public are standards for ranking, Bobbie McKibbin is probably the most accomplished and successful landscape painter working in the Midwest. Former Des Moines Register visual arts critic Eliot Nusbaum commented more than a decade ago about McKibbin’s “intuitive sense of place.” He wrote, “McKibbin is interested in investigating the character of the landscape and what makes each of these locations unique…(doing it) through…(a) feel for the place, accomplished with a multitude of sense(s) other than visual but which in the end enhance the visual sense. As a result, we get a strong feeling of McKibbin’s reaction to the physical world and—and a good starting point for us to start feeling that world.” This intuitive and illumination spirit of McKibbin lifts each rendering of a specific place to a reassuring confirmation of both the beauty of nature and value of an artistic depiction of it. Fortunately, McKibbin has chosen to remain in the Midwest and create excellent work appreciative private buyers can still afford. Bobbie McKibbin was born in Philadelphia, graduated with an Masters of Fine Art from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has served for two decades as a professor of art at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa. McKibbin has works of art in 51 corporate collections, ten museums or academic settings and commissioned works of art in banks, hotels, hospitals, and other public buildings in the Midwest.