Art Department Mission Statement
Making Art: the How, the Why
The objective of the art program consists of the development
of creative, expressive and technically competent graduates.
Inspiration, material, skill and judgment are directed toward
this goal, as well as to the ability to form qualitative judgments
within an aesthetic and historical context.
Art education should be thought of as a body of knowledge
inseparable from the activities that confirm and document that
knowledge. The learning challenge will include opportunities
for the student to gain knowledge about the art of other cultures,
as well as that of our own. The choice of materials, the
accompanying creative challenge and the aesthetic rationale
must be tailored to the intellectual, emotional and physical
abilities of the individual student and contemporary culture.
At all levels of art education, the major emphasis should be on
a meaningful and rewarding creative experience, during which
the student builds confidence with technique, concept, design
and aesthetic judgment.
NOTSTOCKED! Thanks to all who came out to many hours of art and fun. See you next year!
Jessica Christy demonstrates pulling the squeegee in her Screen Printing Workshop
James Flames, Billy Baumann, Mark Brickey - Adventures in Design
Bill Harbort and Laurie Geller (NOTSTOCK founders) in the hot seat
Adventures in Design Podcast - Live at Notstock with Max Patzner of Wild Hands
This past summer, Professors Micah Bloom and Ryan Stander travelled to Chicago for a conference. While they were there, they caught a remarkable photo exhibition by Abelardo Morell at the Art Institute. Among many things Morell does, is make giant camera obscuras from various rooms, apartments. This gave Ryan the idea to try this for the Photo I class. Literally Camera Obscura means darkened chamber, which is the essence of the camera. As students made small versions of this in their pinhole cameras this week, students helped Ryan construct a much larger version of this in fellow colleague, Jessica Christy's office. Ryan shot this image from inside the "camera" with a digital camera with a long exposure and wide angle lens. Even when one understands the physics and properties of light behind this phenomena it is still a remarkable sight. You can read a little more about how the camera obscura works and its history here or watch a video about here.
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).
MINOT STATE ART DEPARTMENT at the BIG ONE!
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
CODEX SCREENS in Aleshire Theatre - BRAVO MICAH BLOOM and CREW!
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.
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!
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.
STUDIO OPPORTUNITIES - ROAD TRIP
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.
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 blackpintohorsefinearts.com
Monte has an exhibit scheduled at MSU in the Fall!
ART METHODS students host a glass painting party . . .for the whole community!
DRAWING I Drawing students in the First Year Experience (FYE) meet up with 5th graders at Mckinley Elementary and make comic booklets!
KUDOS for CODEX
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.
hosted by Walter Piehl and the WMC (Water Media Cadets)
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!
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.
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
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? Information Technology Center and a future business owner.
And if that? not enough, recently Jaeger won an AdFed award and was elected SGA? 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? 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? 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? 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? 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?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? art department has participated in this prestigious competition for the past 13 years.
Art is one of five disciplines (officially called “programs”) within the Division of Humanities.
The other Programs within Humanities are Communication Arts, English, Foreign Languages and Integrated Humanities. VISIT THE HUMANITIES DIVISION BLOG