- M.F.A., University of Nebraska
- M.A., St. Cloud State University
Michael Strand is an Associate Professor and Department Head at North
Dakota State University. After receiving his MA in painting from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota in 1996 and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Nebraska in 1999, Strand completed an artist's residency at the Artigas-Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. He is the former Chair of
the Department of Art at Concordia University-Nebraska where he also served as the Director of the Center for Liturgical Arts. While in Nebraska Michael recieved the PRISM award from the Nebraska Art Teacher's Association for excellence in Art Administration. Strand previously taught at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska. Prior to Midland, Michael was the Education Director at the Lux Center for the Arts and worked exclusively as a professional artist.
Recently Michael's work has been featured in an solo exhibition at the Museum of Nebraska Art which includes over forty works completed during the 2009-2010 academic year at his NDSU studio. Currently Michael is challenging traditional methods of deployment of art and craft which can be found at www.artstimulus.org.
Michael's work can be found in several private and public collections including: Hilton Hotels International, General Mills Corporation, New York, Kirov Ballet Company, Russia, Alleluia! Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fort Meyers, FL, St. Cloud State University, MN, University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the City of Omaha.