Strand Receives Alumni Achievement Award
May 17, 2013
Michael Strand, NDSU Visual Arts Department Head, was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in Art from the University of Nebraska earlier this month. A 2009 graduate of the UNL, he was nominated by UNL Professor and Chair, Pete Pinnell. Strand travelled to Lincoln where he presented a public lecture and engaged with students via master critiques.
Strand's project titled "Bowls Around Town" is cuurently part of the Museum of Contemporary Craft (MOCC) in Portland, OR exhibition, Object Focus: The Bowl. The project extends the purview of the museum into the city of Portland where Strand has launched a series of trunks that contain a bowl, a camera and a published hard bound "cookbook diary" to harvest public history about "the family dinner." The project is moving through the fire stations in Portland, community groups, and has been taken on by the Portland Library system as a permanent media object to check out. The goal of the project is to publish a community curated and developed cookbook that brings together images, recipes and the history of these recipes to be shared among participants and the public. While in Portland, Strand will present at the Craft and Social Practice Symposium, also at the MOCC and is part of the international conference on Social Engagement in the Arts at Portland State University.
Michael Strand will present a lecture and a community participatory event at The American Craft Council (ACC) in Minneapolis, MN on May 23. He will discuss his artistic practice, which examines the space between object and humanity as part of the ACC Library Salon Series, a series of podcast national lectures. Additionally, Strand will be doing a new iteration of his international project, The Misfit Cup Liberation Project, in this case a story telling event where those exchanging cups will present their stories to the public.
Strand will present a keynote address for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris, MN, June 5-6. He will discuss the potential and necessity of participatory practice in the arts to engage and inspire community connections. Additionally, Strand will lead a workshop on public practice.