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MSU Open Studio: Photograms

On Wednesday, MSU hosted its last Open Studio event of the semester. Participants were welcomed into the dark room to make photograms on traditional photo paper and hand-coated cyanotypes (seen below).

Open Studio, Cyanotype Photograms



Come out and support the MINOT STATE ART DEPARTMENT at the SPRING BIG ONE!

April 5th 10:00am to 8:00pm and April 6th from 9:00am to 5:00pm

For more information visit. THE BIG ONE


Monotype Night!






Codex: A post-flood struggle between nature, humanity and the printed word Minot’s great flood of 2011 has inspired numerous, creative projects, but the approach of artist Micah Bloom is singularly unique. For the last year, Bloom has been directing and producing a film titled “Codex,” which follows debris displaced by the swollen Souris River, specifically, hundreds of books. Bloom and his Codex team have diligently been researching, filming and collecting, as they create a poetic narrative, reflecting on personal loss and the plight of the printed book. He has also prepared an art exhibition to accompany and augment the film.

Believing this film and art exhibition will assist with the grieving process related to this disaster, Bloom, an assistant art professor, and Minot State invite the community to attend the debut screening of the film and view the installation of artifacts Tuesday (March 5) in Aleshire Theater, 7:30 p.m. "Codex" also identifies with other, larger themes, reflecting on the relationship of the traditional book and the eBook, and the beauty of text and paper under nature's effects.

CODEX project poster


Humanities Chair and Art Faculty member Linda Olson - CONGRATULATIONS X3 !

Linda Olson currently has a solo exhibit of her work titled, "Linda A. Olson, M.F.A. untitled plethora" at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana. Linda also gave a presentation "Rock Art as a Writing System" that spotlights the North American rock art she has investigated and documented over the past twenty years. In addition, she delivered a screenprinting workshop to a well attended Saturday crew. THANKS LINDA! Keep up the good work!


Linda workshop

MSU Art Alumni has beadwork featured in BEADWORK MAGAZINE

Erika Edwards has a necklace featured in the current February/March issue of BEADWORK Magazine. Her work appears in the challenge section. Here is the caption, "When I received my kit, I was almost nine months pregnant with my daughter, AdaLee. At first I was not sure what to do, but when my baby came one week early and we returned home, I saw the kit in a new way. After deciding on this gorgeous focal cabochon from Heart of Stone Studio, I did what I enjoy most--freeform bead embroidery and fringe--making decisions as I went. Sometimes I worked with only one free arm, my daughter requiring the other, but no matter what, she was always at my side."




Art 282 Alternative Photography Course

This semester MSU is offering the Art 282 - Alternative Photography course which is designed to help students explore a wide variety of photo printing techniques. This week, students are experimenting with the Holga camera, as well as Polaroid emulsion lifts and transfers. Check out a few work shots and images below.

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Welcome back! Thanks Linda and crew! SOUNDS like a great trip!
If you missed the Terracotta Warriors, visit the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts SOON or click here for a virtual visit.

Below: Photo from the Chinese TING Dynasty Ceramics Exhibit


Ting ware was made between 1000 and 1400 BCE. This ware is interesting in its manufacture in that it was made using a mold and fired stacked foot to foot and rim to rim. Often the rims were embellished with metal after the firing.


Remember color and the warmth of the Monochromatic Art Dept Party? Soak it in.

mono party


CONGRATULATIONS Art Alumni - Black Pinto Horse!

Three Affiliated Tribes member and White Shield native Monte Yellow Bird, aka Black Pinto Horse, received first place with his ledger piece titled "Watch the Birdie," which won the category of painting and drawing in an art competition at the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles. Monte has an exhibit scheduled at MSU in the Fall through the North Dakota Art Gallery Association. Read more about this accomplishment as covered by The Minot Daily News or visit

Monte has an exhibit scheduled at MSU in the Fall!

ART METHODS students host a glass painting party . . .for the whole community!

kids paint

aaron paints


Drawing I teams with Elementary Students

Drawing students in the First Year Experience (FYE) meet up with 5th graders at Mckinley Elementary and make comic booklets!

marcus comic
richard and friendkid comic


An outstanding article in The Minot Daily News featuring Micah Bloom's CODEX project! Thanks Professor Bloom and student crew! OUTSTANDING work! Looking forward to the SPRING DEBUT.

Book image from CODEX


hosted by Walter Piehl and the WMC (Water Media Cadets)

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Art Seminar presents . . . ALEXANDRA JELLEBERG


Friday, November 16, 12:00 pm - Aleshire Theater

all welcome!





ART EXHIBITION at International Arts Movement Gallery

Opening: November 9, 2012 - NEW YORK CITY

Congratulations, Ryan!


ryan stander



+ T H A N K___ Y O U,____ D A N ___ S M I T H + - November 8, 2012

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VISITING ARTIST - Please welcome Dan Smith to Minot State! Dan will be speaking to photography students on Thursday, November 8th. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Dan Smith at Minot State



Please welcome Zach Stensen to Minot State! Zach will be sharing his experience and expertise with art students from October 29th to November 1st.  Zach is teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University (Printmaking), and studied with our own, Micah Bloom at the University of Iowa. He is in his second year at the Unviersity's Doha, Qatar campus. Please contact Micah Bloom for the full schedule. Welcome Zach!

Zach Stensen




Senior art major, Tyler Olson has completed a unique capstone project by building a JUKE themed pinball machine. Tyler's sculptural experience and masteful understanding of materials, tools and electronics has been an integral part of the project. See it LIVE in the Hartnett Hall Lobby on October 26th at 12:00pm and at The Blue Rider on Sunday, October 28th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Rest assured; Tyler set the machine on FREE PLAY! Enjoy.

Pinball Machine


Keep informed about NOTSTOCK, MSU's annual live art and music event. Information about 2012 coming soon.




Students and Faculty Present at North Dakota University System's: ARTS and HUMANITIES SUMMIT

October 11-12, 2012 - Valley City State University

MSU ART attendees: Andrea Donovan, Micah Bloom, Ryan Stander, Max Patzner, Josh Collins, Takuma Abe


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funny boys



Aaron Jaeger
Cool, confident and ... busy

Dale Carnegie once said, "Action breeds confidence and courage." Aaron Jaeger personifies it.

Jaeger, a Minot State University senior majoring in graphic design with minors in marketing, management and business information technology, wears many hats. She is involved in Student Ambassadors, First-Year Experience peer-mentor program, Art Club, Student Government Association and APEX (Aspiration for Professional Excellence). She is also a student worker for MSU痴 Information Technology Center and a future business owner.

And if that痴 not enough, recently Jaeger won an AdFed award and was elected SGA痴 director of entertainment.

"I enjoy being busy," said Jaeger.

A native of Washburn, N.D., Jaeger was unfamiliar with MSU and what it offered. After touring other colleges and universities, she visited MSU and met with Bill Harbort, professor of art.

"I felt inspired when walking through the halls," Jaeger said. "It (MSU) just felt right."

During Jaeger痴 sophomore year, she decided to get involved in some student organizations. She started with Art Club, knowing it would be small and comfortable. This led to joining Student Ambassadors, where Jaeger stepped outside her comfort zone to network and give back.

"In high school, I never knew the benefits of giving and the importance of networking," said Jaeger. She focused on serving others with the knowledge she gained at MSU. As a result, Jaeger was asked to be a mentor in the First-Year Experience program. She loved forming friendships with students and acting as a liaison to their professors.

One of the Jaeger痴 most influential experiences at MSU is working in ITC. She said ITC made her more confident. George Withus, her supervisor, explained how when Jaeger first started she was intimidated and shy. Then she began to listen more, take notes, and over the years, create a how-to book for all ITC work-study students.

"She (Jaeger) was easy to teach, she absorbed everything, and it worked out well," said Withus. "I don稚 think of her as a work-study student anymore, but as an underpaid employee."

"Get involved no matter how big or how small," said Jaeger. "It has given me the confidence to do other things and formed who I am today."

Upon graduation in May 2012, Jaeger plans to stay in Minot and start a graphic design business.

MSU art students win AdFed awards
Minot State University art students took home seven awards in categories ranging from photography to illustration at the North Dakota Advertising Federation Student Competition Feb. 24-25 in Fargo. This year痴 professional judges awarded three gold ADDY awards and four silver ADDY awards to the students.

"The statewide chapter provides opportunity for students to compete with all students in our state and students from Moorhead State and Moorhead State Technical College," said Bill Harbort, professor of graphic arts. "All of the gold ADDYs will move on to student regionals competing against other student work from Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota."

MSU students who received gold ADDYs included Nick Bremer, Minot, in digital photograph for "Shh, They池e Watching," Max Patzner, Minot, in television for "The Man with 2 First Names" and James Skinner, Hazen, in illustration for "Reality Dysfunction." Josh Collins, Minot, was awarded two silver ADDYs in digital photography for "Strawberry Lake" and "NDSF." The other silver ADDY recipients were Aaron Jaeger, Washburn, in direct marketing for "IT Christmas Card" and Briana Schwan, Burlington, in digital photography for "Snowflake."

The Advertising Federation binds the mutual interests and collective powers of advertisers, agencies, media companies, suppliers, local advertising associations and college students. AdFed is open to professionals in the graphic arts, advertising, marketing, photography, public relations and other related fields. It promotes education in advertising, marketing and communications.

MSU痴 art department has participated in this prestigious competition for the past 13 years.

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