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Linda Olson

Credentials: MFA
Office: 148 Hartnett Hall
Phone Number: 701-858-3836
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Linda Olson has taught at Minot State Univerity since 1990. She enjoys the challenges that come with each new semester. Olson directs the North Dakota Art Gallery Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of Arts North Dakota. Olson has worked extensively documenting Native American rock art sites in the United States since 1988. Documentation is presented for exhibition with interpretive text panels detailing recording techniques, rock art imagery and researched information about the images. Olson serves as Chair of the Division of Humanities at MSU.

Linda Olson was raised in McHenry County, North Dakota. Olson graduated from Drake High School with Honors, and from Minot State University Cum laude with majors in art, English and psychology. Olson earned a Master of Arts, Magna cum laude, in 1987 from the University of Montana and a Master of Fine Arts, Magna cum laude, from the University of North Dakota in 1990.

Regional galleries have exhibited Olson's artworks. Nationally known jurors have included Olson's work in juried exhibitions. Olson has work in several public collections including the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Skien, Norway Art Center, the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University PEARS Collection, and Minot State University, as well as in many private collections. Olson is well known for her rock art documentation, and several of her artworks have been included in publications.