Born in Minnesota, grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Lives and works in Valley City, North Dakota, USA

“Whitney is known for her mezzotints that investigate the various textures found in the regalia of powwow dancers. The athletic movement of each style of powwow dancers is an important element to both the celebration itself and to Whitney’s work. Her large and small mezzotint images are portraits, not of the dancers, but of the regalia they wear. Her exceptional talent and unique creative vision culminate in a powerful signature style. She creates works of great beauty while also raising out awareness about the rich heritage of Native America culture, important historical events and humanity’s blind-sighted flaws. Furthermore, her numerous career accomplishments meet our criteria of rewarding artistic excellence.”



1971-1972       Director, University Sign Service, UND, Grand Forks, USA

1972-1973       Assistant to the Director, University Art Galleries, UND, Grand Forks, USA

1973-1975       GTA, Intro to the Understanding of Art, Drawing-Painting Studio, UND, Grand Forks, USA

1975-1990       Co-Director, Sanger Studios, Valley City, USA

1990-1993       MA, Fine Arts, Printmaking, Art Hostory, University of North Dakota, USA; GTA Intaglio I, II, III; Relief, Serigraphy, I and III, UND, Grand Forks, USA

1991-1993       Docent, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, USA; Graduate Student representative, UND, Grand Forks, USA

1991                Assistant to Patrick Dougherty, Museum of Art, Grand Forks, USA

1992                Field Representative, Save Outdoor Sculpture, NDMOA Grant, Smithsonian, USA

1993-1994       Instructor, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA

1994-2014       Professor/Chair, Art Department, Valley City State University, USA

1995-2005       President of the Board, Community School of the Arts, VCSU, USA

1995-2012       Art Director/Board Member, Community School of the Arts, VCSU, USA

1994-2001       Art Director, Instructor, International Music Camp, Art Section, USA

1994-2012       Public Lectures, Whitney/New Works and Celebration of Survivalhood, USA

1994-2014       Chair, Art Department, VCSU, North Dakota, USA

1998                Writing Team, NDCA/PDI Visual Art Contest Standards, North Dakota, USA

1999                Professor of Printmaking, Institute of Culture UABCS, La Paz, Mexico

2007                Juror, BAGA Fall Exhibition, Bismark, USA; Minot State University, USA

Since 2014      Professor Emeritus, retired

2016                Assistant Director, International Mezzotint Society

Member          numerous committees and boards throughout her career

Awards           30 juried exhibitions, 8 best in show, 9 purchase awards, 3 national grants.

Exhibitions     over 300 solo and group invitational juried national and international exhibitions worldwide

Artist              Valley City State University; Midwestern University; Anderson University; Dickinson State University; North Dakota State University; Bemidji Community Arts Center; Grand Forks Public School System

Recipient        US State Department Fellowship; North Dakota Council of the Arts Fellowship; North Dakota Governor’s Award for the Art; Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Fellowship Award; Intermedia Arts Minnesota Interdisciplinary Arts Grant

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