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Fall Figure Drawing Co-op Begins September 22

Figure Drawing Co-op–which is open to students, faculty, and community artists–is an opportunity to work from the life model.  This Fall, Co-op will be held on Tuesday nights, 6:30-9:30 pm, beginning September 22 in CA 170.  Co-op will run 8-10 weeks, depending on number of co-op payments/members.  The September 22 session is FREE!  To attend further sessions, you must pay before attending (see “How to sign up” below).

Overview

School of Visual Arts Figure Drawing Co-op is a student-run program.  The majority of the sessions involve the unclothed model, but portrait models are also employed.  Co-op is non-instructional.  There are no lectures or demonstrations.

Cost

  • Cost for tri-college students for fall 2015 is $30 for the semester.
  • Cost for faculty members and community artists is $35 for the semester.
  • Please note that Co-op is unable to provide refunds or credit towards another semester if you choose not to attend after paying or only attend a few sessions.
  • Pro-rated fees are also not offered, should you choose to enroll later in the semester.

How to sign up

Pay at beginning of first session or pay after first session.  To pay after first session:

  • Pick up a Payment Slip. There are three ways to do this:
    • in the SVA office, CA 161
    • at the Co-op Coordinator’s office, King Hall 224 (slips in pocket on door)
    • at the first Co-op session on September 22
  • Bring payment to Co-op Coordinator’s office between 2 and 4 on Mondays and Wednesdays, or bring payment to MSUM Business Services, which is on the first floor of Owens Hall. Owens Hall is located on the corner of 11th Street and 9th Avenue. The Business Services is open 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Other

  • Traditional oil paints may not be used in CA 170. Only dry drawing media and water-based media may be used.
  • You may attend as few or as many sessions of the semester as you wish. You may also attend all or parts of each model session. However, please observe studio etiquette and only enter or exit through the side door during model breaks.
  • There is no storage for supplies and artwork for community artists. Plan to take all supplies and work with you each evening.

Further questions or inquiries may be addressed to Co-op Coordinator, Sherry Lee Short, 218-477-2310, shortsh@mnstate.edu.

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Catalog of original artworks donated by Carl Oltvedt for new endowed student award

Professor Carl Oltvedt will be retiring this spring.  He has taught drawing, illustration, and painting courses at MSUM for 32 years.  A Juried Student Award Endowment has been created in his name to honor his excellence in teaching and his years of commitment to his students.  In turn, he has generously donated 14 artworks for a silent auction to raise funds for this endowment.

The majority of these works are shown below.  The works themselves are on display in the Center for the Arts near the School of Visual Arts Office (CA 161).  They will also be on display at the retirement reception for Carl Oltvedt on Wednesday, April 29, in the Great White Hall, 3-5 pm.

Bids will be taken April 30 – May 6.  Bids may be placed in CA 161 (8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday) or by phone or email (218.477.2151/artdept@mnstate.edu).

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Daydream, lithograph, 16″ x 21 1/2.” Value: $200. Starting bid: $75.

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March Thaw, lithograph, 10″ x 12.5.” Value: $200. Starting bid: $75.

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Red River II, graphite, 9 3/4″ x 14 3/8.” Value: $200. Starting bid $75.

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Cedar Tree Study, color pencil, 10″ x 7.” Value: $200. Starting bid: $50.

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River Reflection, watercolor, 5 1/2″ x 6.” Value: $150. Starting bid: $50.

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Anxiety, pastel, 11″ x 8.5.” Value $150. Starting bid: $50.

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Qually Farm Study, color pencil, 8 1/4″ x 12.” Value: $90. Starting bid: $50.

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Studio Still Life, charcoal, 11″ x 8.5.” Value: $200. Starting bid: $75.

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Studio Still Life II, charcoal, pastel, color pencil, 11″ x 8.5.” Value $200. Starting bid: $75.

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Kruse Family Farm, color pencil. Value: $90. Starting bid: $50.

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Spring, graphite, 6 1/2″ x 9 7/8.” Value: $100. Starting bid: $50.

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Tulips and Grape Hyacinths, watercolor, 22 1/4″ x 15 1/8.” Value: $800. Starting bid: $200.

 

 

SVA Launches New Drawing and Illustration Curriculum in Fall 2015

Oil pastel on paper, work by Professor of Drawing and Illustration, Jim Park.

Oil pastel on paper, work by Professor of Drawing and Illustration, Jim Park.

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Chalk pastel on paper, work by Professor of Drawing and Illustration, Sherry Lee Short.

The School of Visual Arts is proud to announce its new Emphasis in Drawing and Illustration.  The new emphasis launches in the fall of 2015 and involves a coordinated set of courses designed to meet the needs of graduates entering the multi-faceted fields of contemporary drawing and illustration. The new emphasis will replace two current emphases, the Emphasis in Drawing and Emphasis in Illustration.

Two courses currently on the books will continued to be offered.  These are Introduction to Illustration and Digital Illustration.  All other courses are new, including several courses each designed to immerse students in the methods, concepts, and materials of a key drawing and/or illustration area.  The new courses are:

  • Introduction to Drawing Concepts and Methodologies
  • Sequential Art
  • Perceptual Art
  • Contemporary Drawing Concepts and Methodologies
  • Figure Drawing and Painting
  • Portfolio Development
Detail of work by Assistant Professor of Printmaking, Patrick Vincent, who will be teaching Sequential Art in the new curriculum.

Detail of work by Assistant Professor of Printmaking, Patrick Vincent, who will be teaching Sequential Art in the new curriculum.

In addition, students are required to take all the core requirements that are required of all students seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in the School of Visual Arts.  These include 2D and 3D introductory courses, Basic Drawing, Foundation Design, art history courses, and Professional Practices.

Sketch by Trygve Olson, Instructor of Digital Illustration.

Sketch by Trygve Olson, Instructor of Digital Illustration.

The new drawing and illustration curriculum will be taught by a diverse faculty representing a range of drawing and illustration styles in their own professional work, including both traditional and digital media.

For more information on this exciting new curriculum, contact Sherry Lee Short, shorts@mnstate.edu.

Oil on metal, work by Professor of Painting, Zhimin Guan, who will be teaching Figure Drawing and Painting in the new Emphasis in Drawing and Illustration.

Oil on metal, work by Professor of Painting, Zhimin Guan, who will be teaching Figure Drawing and Painting in the new Emphasis in Drawing and Illustration.

Portfolio Reviews Contribute to Rigor of SVA Degrees

Marissa Vanvleet (right) discussing her work with professors Chris Walla and Kelli Sinner during her Junior Portfolio Review, Fall 2014. Vanvleet is pursuing a BFA in Art Education.

Marissa Vanvleet (right) discussing her work with professors Chris Walla and Kelli Sinner during her Junior Portfolio Review, Fall 2014. Vanvleet is pursuing a BFA in Art Education.

All students pursuing a BFA in Studio Art or a BFA in Art Education are required to complete two portfolio reviews.  Typically, the first review takes place at the end of the freshmen year, and the second review takes place during the junior year.  This schedule may vary for transfers from other colleges and universities or students switching to studio art from other majors at MSUM.

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Pictured is Jesse Suppa (left), BFA candidate with an emphasis in Sculpture, during his review with professors Jim Park (far right) and Carl Oltvedt.  Fall 2014.

During their first review, students display portfolios of all the assigned work they have completed in their freshman art courses, including Basic Drawing I and II and Foundation Design.  For the second review, students’ portfolios are a combination of work completed in introductory and intermediate studio courses, including those in their declared area of emphasis.  Each student presents her or his body of work to a panel of three professors in the School of Visual Arts.

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Professor Chris Walla discussing a sketch with Marissa Vanvleet during her review.

The purpose of the reviews is to assess a student’s overall portfolio development and readiness for the next level of art studies.  The review committee provides both oral and written feedback.  Also important, the reviews assist each student in thinking about her or his body of work as a whole, rather than as individual class  assignments.  Reflecting on her recent review, Marissa Vanvleet, who is pursuing a BFA in Art Education, comments, “It’s easy for me to get lost in making things and never take a step back to look at what I’m trying to say or accomplish.  Portfolio reviews are often intimidating but they force me to gather my thoughts and try to understand my process, my work, and my voice.”

Olivia Bain, who is pursuing double emphases in Ceramics and Sculpture, presenting her work to professors Anna Arnar, Megan Duda, and Patrick Vincent. Fall 2014.

Olivia Bain, who is pursuing double emphases in Ceramics and Sculpture, presenting her work to professors Anna Arnar, Megan Duda, and Patrick Vincent. Fall 2014.

The School of Visual Arts Visiting Artist Program

2014. Matt Repsher demonstrating hand-carving techniques on wheel-thrown pottery. Repsher is a ceramic artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who works in both sculpture and vessel forms.

Visiting Artist, Matt Repsher, demonstrating hand-carving techniques on wheel-thrown pottery, fall 2013. Repsher is a ceramic artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who works in both sculptural and vessel forms.

The School of Visual of Visual Arts has a very active Visiting Artist Program.  Typically, seven art professionals representing a wide range of specialties participate in the program each year.  The Visiting Artist Program enriches art students’ experiences in a number of ways.  Gallery Director and Visiting Artist Committee Chair, Lauren Kinney, discusses the importance of the program: “The Visiting Artist Program facilitates opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to expand their knowledge of the arts by introducing new styles, techniques and ideas. The program brings a variety of artists, art historians, and art professionals to MSUM to present lectures, exhibitions, and demonstrations that enable supplementary learning in the arts.”

James Elkins, Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was a visiting artist this fall in the School of Visual Arts. In addition to his evening lecture, "How to Use Your Eyes, and how some animals use them," Elkins had individual portfolio critiques with students.

James Elkins, Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was a visiting artist this fall in the School of Visual Arts. In addition to his evening lecture, “How to Use Your Eyes, and how some animals use them,” Elkins conducted individual portfolio critiques with students.

Amy Jo Hendrickson–printmaker and graphic designer–kicked off this year’s roster of visiting artists in September.  James Elkins–artist, art historian, and art critic–was on campus in early October.

Upcoming visiting artists include David Adams and Ellie Richards.  In addition to working with students and giving presentations on their work, they will be showing their work in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery, November 24 through December 18.  Richards is an artist who primarily works in wood, including installations, sculpture, and furniture.  She is currently the Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Crafts.  Adams is a photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona.  He recently received the prestigious Lens Culture International Exposure Award.

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Margot Ecke, owner of Smokey Road Press in Athens, Georgia, giving a lecture on the business aspects of art, spring 2013.  Ecke also gave a bookbinding demonstration and an evening lecture in the SVA Colloquium Series.

For more information in the Visiting Artist Program, contact Lauren Kinney at lauren.kinney@mnstate.edu.

School of Visual Arts Abuzz with Student Activities

There are myriad opportunities for students in the School of Visual Arts to engage with their art interests outside of class as well as through class activities that interact with the campus and greater art community.  Here are some of the activities taking place just this week!

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Print and Ceramics Sale

Biannual Print and Ceramics Sale.  Twice a year, students in the Works on Paper Guild and the Ceramics Guild sell their work in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.  This spring’s sale took place on Monday and Tuesday, and, as always, was a very popular and successful event.

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Mini Madness

Mini Madness Juried Exhibition.  Students enrolled in Art 498 Exhibition design and carry out a number of exhibitions.  Mini Madness consists of artworks by faculty and students, each no larger than 3″ x 3″ x 3.”  Students in the class selected 32 works for the display from the large number entered.  Opening is tomorrow at 5 pm, outside the Critique Room (CA 172).

Annual Freshman Field Trip to the Twin Cities.  Each year, freshman rise bright and early for a full-day trip to Twin Cities museums and galleries.  Highlights of last week’s trip included the Hopper exhibition at the Walker Art Museum.

Caricature Drawing.  Students in Introduction to Illustration will be setting up in the student union tomorrow and drawing caricatures for members of the campus community.  Stop by and get your caricature drawn–free!

This is only a small sample of the ongoing creative energy in the School of Visual Arts.  Student groups include Dragons Den Comics, Painting Guild, Works on Paper Guild, Photo Guild, Ceramics Guild, and National Art Education Association MSUM Student Chapter.

 

Printmaking students attend international conference

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From left to right: Sasha Bitzer, Katie Mikkelson, Jennifer Junker. San Francisco 2014.

In late March, School of Visual Arts students Sasha Bitzer, Jennifer Junker, and Katie Mikkelsen spent four days in San Francisco attending the Southern Graphics Council International Conference.  The conference provided myriad opportunities for exploring the diverse intersections between traditional and emerging technologies in printmaking, building connections with other artists in the national and international printmaking community, and exploring the print as a tool for social change.

Jennifer Junker reflects, “I attended the Southern Graphics conference because it was an opportunity to meet other printmakers and see other types of artworks and processes. There are many demonstrations, speakers, papers, exhibitions, etc. that go on throughout the conference so you can see and learn a lot of different things in a small period of time. ”  She adds, ” Overall, I feel as if SGCI is something any printmaker should go to at least once. You learn quite a few things, and see a lot of art, and meet other artists just like you.”

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Sasha Bitzer showing her work at the Southern Graphics Conference International 2014.

One of the opportunities that Sasha Bitzer took advantage of was participating in the Student and Emerging Artist Open Portfolio Session.  The Open Portfolio Session allows students to showcase their work and creates opportunities for networking with other printmakers.  Collectors and curators also attend the Open Portfolio Session, which can open up very exciting connections for emerging artists.

SVA Printmaking Professor Patrick Vincent and Gallery Director Lauren Kinney also attended the conference.  Professor Vincent sees attending professional conferences as beneficial for both students and professors.  Vincent says, “For me as an instructor, working with these advanced students, it’s a way to give them ideas for their creative lives beyond college and possibilities for outside of the Fargo-Moorhead region (for those thinking about graduate schools). Or it’s a way to bring those new ideas back to the Fargo-Moorhead region.”

The 2015 Southern Graphics Council International Conference will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee, March 18-21.  For more information: SCGI 2015.