Category Archives: Department Fun

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!


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.


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.



The Four Fridas


The real Frida Kahlo.


Professor Kelli Sinner loading kilns dressed as Frida Kahlo.

As we paraded around campus, it was fun to bring so many smiles and laughter to those who saw us.  — Professor Kelli Sinner

The real Frida Kahlo–known for her flamboyant wardrobe–would have approved.  On Halloween, four faculty of the School of Visual Arts paid homage to this surrealist artist by donning flowered headpieces, colorful shawls, and beaded necklaces.  In addition to teaching their courses, the four Fridas also passed out candy to students in the department and on campus.

This fun event was started by art history professor Anna Arnar.  She first dressed up as Frida in 2007.  Arnar recalls, “For a few years I was a lone Frida, but I decided that it would be more enjoyable to be a whole troupe of Fridas as she had so many different identities and looks.” Since then, several different faculty–and one art history student–have joined in the annual fun.

When asked, “Why Frida?,” Arnar commented that she has very little in common with Frida Kahlo other than her devotion to art,  However, Halloween is about the joy of the masquerade. “The critic Mikhail Bakhtin once wrote about the power of the carnivalesque where peasants become nobles and vice versa. In other words, the everyday order of things are momentarily upended and the element of play and the unexpected are ushered in.”

I think we can anticipate the Fridas will be playing in the school again next year.


The four Fridas passing out candy to students in the class, Modernism/Postmodernism. From left to right: Loretta Cantieri, Kelli Sinner, Loral Iverson-Hannaher, and Anna Arnar.  Also pictured is student Ceymione Herbert, who is dressed as Pop Art.