Minot State to honor Walter Piehl with reception

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University will host a reception at the Northwest Arts Center to honor Walter Piehl for his generous donation to the University’s Permanent Art Collection.

Piehl, a long-time professor of art at Minot State and pioneer of the contemporary cowboy art movement, donated 45 original paintings, prints, and drawings to the Minot State Permanent Art Collection, many which have been on display at the gallery bearing his name in the Northwest Arts Center.

“As a faculty member for 47 years, Walter had a huge impact on our campus, shaping the lives of hundreds of students during his time at Minot State,” said MSU Vice President for Advancement Rick Hedberg. “With the donation of his collection to Minot State and the Northwest Arts Center, he will continue to impact art on our campus and the region.  Walter is a wonderful ambassador for our campus and we are grateful for all he’s done for Minot State and our students.  I’m happy that we will have this opportunity to thank him for his gift.”

Piehl’s works, spanning 56 years of creative energy and illustrating his long artistic journey, form his Retrospective exhibition that was on display at the Northwest Arts Center’s grand opening.

The event is planned Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. with a short program set for 5 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Northwest Arts Center and the Walter Piehl Gallery are located on the south side of the Gordon B. Olson Library on the west end of Minot State’s campus.

Walter Piehl reception

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Published: 09/06/19   

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