Artist Dennis Lee Mitchell in Ankara

Artist Dennis Lee Mitchell

On February 16, 2016, Mitchell started his program in Ankara by meeting with officials from the Modern Arts Center of Çankaya Municipality. The meeting was followed by his participation in a workshop held in Prof. Turhan Çetin’s studio located in OSTIM, one of the industrial zones in Ankara, where he discussed and showcased his smoke technique with students and teachers from an industrial vocational high school. In the workshop, students demonstrated great interest in Mitchell’s technique. On the same day, Mitchell met with students and faculty from the Fine Arts Faculty of Hacettepe University.

On the next day, Dennis Lee Mitchell gave a presentation at the Fine Arts Faculty of Gazi University, after which he visited the ‘CerModern’ Arts Center to give an artist talk to art lovers about his art and technique.

In his presentations, Mitchell talked about how his technique requires him to make an extra effort to be able to create an exhibition-quality piece through many trials to reflect his imagination on paper. The artist noted that oftentimes he has to work on the same composition nearly 150 times to get a satisfactory result.

Administered by the U.S. State Department, the “Art in Embassies” program includes one of his works made with smoke on paper.