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‘HYSTERICAL SUBLIME: A Survey of Data, Photography and Digital Media’ On Display In NDSU Memorial Union Gallery

The Visual Arts Department and Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University are pleased to present the artworks of students from Advanced Photography and Digital Media. The exhibition will be on display in the Memorial Union Gallery from December 17- January 28th. The Gallery will host a closing reception on Thursday, January 28th from 5-7 pm, with an artist talk taking place at 5:15pm. This event is free to the public and all are invited to attend.

The Advanced Photography and Digital Media programs in the Visual Art Department are designed to challenge student’s conceptual and technical understanding of various media and practices. The Digital Media program requires students to successfully appropriate imagery and information and condense it into successful visual art works. Each composite aims to communicate often-complicated subject matter and showcase each artist’s interpretation of their research. The Advanced Photography program encourages examination of the artist’s personal vision through explorations of new technology, advanced theory and critiques. The Digital and Photography curriculums encourage individual exploration of art practice under the supervision of exceptional faculty.

“Hysterical Sublime references an endeavoring to comprehend the data and technology we often passively experience and integrate into our lives. The artists in this exhibition have an acute understanding of the fluctuating nature of their mediums- whether it be an updated version of a program or a new digital camera instead of an old analog one,” said Anthony Faris, Gallery Coordinator for the Memorial Union Gallery, “Through the work in this exhibition, we can view each artist’s advanced understanding of their craft and vision.”

Fall 2015 Baccalaureate Exhibition

The Visual Arts Department and Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University are pleased to present the artworks of the Baccalaureate Graduating class of Fall 2015. The exhibition will be on display in the Memorial Union Gallery from November 23-December 11th. The Gallery will host an opening reception on Tuesday, November 24th from 5-7PM, with an artist talk taking place at 5:30pm. This event is free to the public and all are invited to attend.

The Baccalaureate program at the Visual Arts Department is comprised of a dynamic and multi-faceted curriculum that encourages individual exploration of art practice led by exceptional faculty. Every year, The Visual Arts Department at NDSU graduates many gifted and diverse undergraduate students that go on to successful careers in a variety of professions. The 2015 Baccalaureate exhibition is a cohesive record of the ideas and images that each student has investigated throughout the last semester of their academic pursuits.

“The artwork that is being created by this senior class definitely adds to the contemporary discussion about place, value, beauty and individuality. The students have developed thoughtful and often very personal approaches to their body of work,” said Anthony Faris, Gallery Coordinator for the Memorial Union Gallery, “Through the photography, sculpture, printmaking drawing and painting in this exhibition, we can view the dedication each students has to their craft, expression and artistic practice.”

The Fall 2015 Baccalaureate Exhibition features the artwork of the following students: Nathan Bailey, Taressa Bartholomew, Kristen Bouwens, Becky Kelly, Sadie Kolke, Jayce Kraviec, Bailey Monson and Grace Olson.

A Protest Against Forgetting: The Paintings of Jim Falck

September 22 – November 18, 2015

Preview Exhibition: September 10 - 11

Opening Reception September 25, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Jim Falck was an architect and painter who held a passionate belief in the power of art to affirm life. His images are instilled with a deep understanding of the history of painting and demonstrate how deeply motivated he was by Modernist masters like Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Clyfford Still, and Richard Diebenkorn. A North Dakota native, he was born to a family that farmed land north of Jamestown and went on to study architecture at NDSU. He worked in a number of prominent architecture design firms in Denver and Boston during the 1960s and 1970s, and he held the position of Chief Landscape Architect for the Metropolitan Park System of Boston until his retirement in 1988.

After retiring Falck embarked on a journey as a full-time artist and divided his time between home and abroad, creating work in artist residencies in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. The artist’s paintings convey a passion for travel and a lust for life. With his death in October 2013, a collection of his personal artwork was donated to NDSU in his memory and an endowment was created in his name. Curated by Christian Gion, this exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of Jim Falck and his legacy of lifelong commitment to the visual arts.

This exhibition is sponsored by the NDSU Development Foundation and NDSU Alumni Association.

Angles: Selections from NDSU Advanced Painting

May - September 2015

Memorial Union Main Level

The three paintings in “Angles,” an exhibition on the main level of the Memorial Union, capture unique perspectives, framing scenes one might briefly catch in passing. Each piece presents a glimpse in time shown through a distinct, third person perspective. An aerial view of blond hair pulled into a bun, secured with a pink scrunchie. A solitary lifeguard tower perched on an empty beach, set against a fading blue horizon. A cinematic frame of figures exposed yet blurred through a windowpane. These paintings are testimonies to individual moments, filtered through varying perspectives that allow viewers to focus and fixate.

This exhibition wall was curated by Juan Arce of the Memorial Union Gallery and highlights paintings made during the Spring 2015 semester by students enrolled in Advanced Painting at NDSU. For more information and pricing, stop by the Memorial Union Gallery.

Missouri Valley Gold: Paintings by Greg Walter

August 6 – September 11, 2015

Artist Talk September 4, 11:00 a.m.

For more than twenty years, Dickinson-based painter Greg Walter has focused his painting practice on the landscape: its expanses and its intimacy, its subtle and dynamic beauty, and the play of light, shadow and color throughout the changes of the seasons. Painting en plein air, Walter finds that the landscape offers unlimited possibilities in subject and great variety within those subjects. 

Walter’s most recent series of paintings explores the beauty and variety of landscape found in the Missouri River Valley. He is inspired by the diversity and subtleties of this landscape, from the lay of the land to the lighting above, and the way in which the changing atmosphere affects color and contrast. Through his careful studies of this diverse environment, Walter aims to reveal the beauty and dynamism that might be missed, encouraging others find beauty where they may not have looked for it in the past. 

Project Space

July 13 – August 5, 2015

The Gallery has transformed into an open project space as we work on collection management and registration projects. Stop by to see a “behind the scenes” peek into the NDSU permanent art collection! The Gallery Store remains open during our summer hours.

North Dakota Governor's School

July 7 – 10, 2015

Reception July 10, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

North Dakota Governor's Schools is a six-week residential program for scholastically motivated North Dakota high school sophomores and juniors offering programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Engineering, English Studies, Experimental Science, Information Technology, Mathematics, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. High school students in the Visual Arts program will create, install, and curate artwork created during this summer experience. 

Land, Sky, Water | Donna Kjonaas and Vicki Kessler

June 4 – July 2, 2015

Public Reception June 9, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Humans live in the context of the natural world. We depend on land, sky and water for our survival. The rhythms and patterns of nature take hold of our imaginations, rooting themselves deep in our psyches. In Land, Sky Water, fiber artists Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjonaas investigate multiple manifestations of universal elements within the particularity of Dakota.

This exhibition uses contemporary fiber as medium. Reclaimed, repurposed and recycled material undergoes a variety of processes (discharge, monoprint, dye, collage, etc.) to create a complex background. Embellishment with stitch, buttons, beads and found objects completes each composition. 

In Land, Sky, Water, Kessler and Kjonaas invite viewers to reflect on their experience of these three elements. Which land lives close to your heart, calling you back again and again? Where is the water that gives life to your spirit? What droughts constrain possibility? How does the arc of sky lift you to a broader understanding? When does the sky drive you to seek shelter from its immense power? What new relationships do you imagine for yourself and your community with these elements? How will these relationships extend and enhance the quality of human life? In what ways will emerging challenges around land, sky, and water compel realignment in our practices of use?

Sam Fein • Pie in the Sky, 2015 Rosenquist Artist in Residence Exhibition

May 5 – May 28, 2015

Public Reception and Artist Talk May 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The NDSU Visual Arts Department and the Memorial Union Gallery present an exhibition of work by Samantha Fein, the 2015 Rosenquist Artist in Residence.

Samantha Fein is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates elements of visual ethnography, nonlinear storytelling, magical realism, and absurdist humor in her work. Rather than replicating the literalism of the physical world, each piece gives expression to a uniquely individualized reality. "Pie in the Sky" explores regional symbology, influenced by Fein's upbringing in Arizona and her experiences during the residency in North Dakota. 

The James Rosenquist Artist in Residency Program is sponsored by the NDSU Department of Visual Arts and honors artist James Rosenquist. More information on the Rosenquist Artist Residency can be found at

Spring 2015 Visual Arts Baccalaureate Exhibition

April 14 – May 1, 2015

Opening Reception April 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., artist talks begin at 5:30

Visual Arts Alumni Panel Discussion May 1, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Eight graduating NDSU students—Mataya Armstrong, Gretchen Barker, Thomas Brennan, Jonathan Carlson, Michael Duncan, Rosalin Kelly, Alea Mettler, and Zachary Sandberg—present individual, aesthetically diverse projects in a variety of media. This exhibition is the product of years of vigorous effort, critique, and artistic evolution by the eight emerging artists.  

From cyanotype prints to digital illustration to ceramic sculpture, projects explore the relationship between material and content in a variety of ways. Carlson’s ceramic baby blanket and Kelly’s pop culture-infused portraits, for example, expand the possibilities of material while communicating deeply personal narratives.

Absence: Selections from NDSU Advanced Painting

January - April 2015

Memorial Union Main Level

Hands reach out from unseen bodies to convene in an unknown space. A single drop of water falls from a faucet to a pool of water below, traversing a wide expanse of open canvas. Wings on a momentarily still fly are left partially unpainted—signifying their translucent fragility. “Absence” highlights paintings made during the Fall 2014 semester by three students enrolled in Advanced Painting: Megan Johnson, Mackenzie Alexander, and Andrea Qual. Each piece embraces the notion of “absence”— the absence of bodies, of content, of paint. Despite these absent elements, the paintings do not feel incomplete. Instead, viewers are invited to look closely at what is present in each piece: to consider the closeness of this community of gathered hands, to anticipate the dance of a drop of water, and to appreciate the oft-unseen beauty of a fly’s wing. 

The Clothesline Project

March 31 – April 10, 2015

Open House April 10, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. during WAO Sexpo Event

Using t-shirts as a medium, the Clothesline Project explores the personal experiences of individuals affected by sexual assault and violence in local communities. The Clothesline Project is a global event with approximately 500 projects located around the world. The shirts on display at the Memorial Union Gallery were created by NDSU students, faculty, staff, and members of the Fargo-Moorhead community. In addition to the t-shirts on display, supplies will be on hand so that visitors can create and add a t-shirt to the project. The NDSU project is a collaboration between the MU Gallery, NDSU Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy, NDSU Violence Prevention Educators, and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center.

An Open House will occur on Friday, April 10 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in the Gallery, in conjunction with the NDSU Women’s Activist Organization’s Sexpo happening in the Memorial Union that evening. After being on view in the gallery, the Clothesline Project will be displayed at Weible Hall from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on April 13, Burgum Hall from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on April 14, the LLC from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on April 15, and Reed-Johnson Hall from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on April 16.

American Dreams

March 10 –26, 2015

In the early 1970s, priest and sociologist Father Bill Sherman conducted research on immigrant homesteads in North Dakota. He built an archive of photos, notes, and blueprints that illuminates the styles of late 19th and early 20th century immigrant homesteads. The Spring 2015 Museum Studies class at NDSU curated this preview exhibition to highlight the research they are conducting on Father Sherman’s archive. American Dreams will open at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County on May 13, 2015.

The 1970s: Selections From the Permanent Collection

March 10 –26, 2015

The 1970s features work from the NDSU Permanent Collection made in 1970-79. From investigating space exploration to challenging the war in Vietnam, pieces selected for this exhibition reflect the cultural and political climate of this dramatic decade.

In a 1976 essay in the New Yorker, American author Tom Wolfe coined the phrase “‘Me’ Decade” to describe the era’s general attitude and focus on individualism and the “true and real self.” The 1970s were characterized by political scandal, economic upheaval, anti-war sentiment, gas shortages and environmental concerns, second-wave feminism and progressive social movements, and increasingly widespread resistance to the established “status quo.” A notable lack of work by women artists reflects both the marginalization and under-representation of women artists and an institutional preference for work by male artists during this time period.

Selections also reflect a variety of aesthetic movements weaving through this expansive period. The hard-edged lines of Frank Stella’s untitled 1970 print and Helen Gerardia’s Floating reflect the mainstream, Greenberg-endorsed shift to post-painterly abstraction, characterized by tight pictorial control, while the abstract expressionist language of Richard Black’s Totem Tablet and John Anderson’s The Coffee Pot illuminate the lasting grip of this 20th Century American movement. Reacting to and diverging from this cool abstraction, the close attention to gritty detail in Dave Goerndt’s Saint Eugene and Lloyd Menard’s Unfinished Invasion speak to the emerging Photorealism movement and a focus on the “real.” Salvador Dali’s surreal poem Iris (+eyes) Les Chevaux subverts reality and the authority of language systems, and Dutch artist Karel Appel, who participated in the avant-garde European collective “CoBrA,” embraces child-like instincts in the playful Red Cat.

Throughout this turbulent decade, artists thoroughly investigated the “real,” the self, and the status quo.

Trophy Wife

February 12 – March 26, 2015

Women’s Week Event – An Afternoon in the Gallery, March 3, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Reception with artist talks and “Pin the Attribute on the Trophy Wife,” March 24, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Seven area artists -- Vicki Kessler, Sue Morrissey, Julie Richardson, Karen Anderson, Julianne Overby, Clare Degerness, and Donna Kjonaas – examine the label “trophy wife” and its varied interpretation. 

Wide hips, thick thighs, pendulous breasts.  The goddess of fertility, an original trophy wife for the species. Dark hair, darker eyes and olive skin. The queen of Egypt, floating on the Nile and playing with snakes emblemized trophy wife for an empire. The legendary Helen of Troy, whose face reputedly launched a thousand ships in pursuit of her? Definitely trophy wife material.

In the nineteenth century, with the rise of wealthy industrial capitalists, trophy wives became the aspirational ideal of womanhood. A woman of leisure, who ran her household with the assistance of many servants, spent her days intricately weaving the threads of mannered, restrained and polite society. The bird in the gilded cage, her social standing constrained her life as tightly as the cords of her corset.

The model of trophy wife continues to serve as a force in the objectification of women. When women are viewed as a means of enhancing another’s social status, they become positional goods. Their humanity and individuality is stripped of nuance, and their own actions and attitudes become shaped by distorted notions of desirability.

Sing Our Rivers Red Exhibition

February 9 – March 3, 2015

Speak Out + Exhibition Opening, Monday, February 9, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Women’s Week Event – An Afternoon in the Gallery, March 3, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender based violence in the United States and Canada, the Sing Our Rivers Red initiative was created to raise consciousness, unite ideas and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, and have not had the proper attention or justice. 

Since 1980, over 1,181 Native women and girls in Canada have been reported missing or have been murdered. For over 20 years, there have been marches and events each year throughout Canada on Valentine’s Day to bring awareness to his issue. The Sing Our Rivers Red initiative hopes to support the efforts built in Canada in the week leading up to Feb 14th, as well as highlight the need for awareness and action to address colonial gender violence in the United States. 

The Sing Our Rivers Red exhibition features a traveling earring exhibit created 1,181 single-sided earrings to symbolize the Indigenous women who were stolen and original art by Diné / Xicana artist Nanibah Chacon. The Speak Out event also includes poetry, spoken word by Tanaya Winder & Hannabah Blue, and speakers including Lissa Yellowbird-Chase who are working on issues involving trafficking, violence, and missing women.

North Water Rising

December 23, 2014 – February 5, 2015

Closing Reception featuring talks by student participants and project coordinators Meghan Kirkwood and Dominic Fischer, February 5, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“North Water Rising” features recent work by NDSU photography and landscape architecture students exploring the Red River Basin, which extends from Lake Traverse to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba and contains more than 28 million acres of land that drains into the Red River. 

The exhibition is the result of a semester-long interdisciplinary agreement between photography students in the Department of Visual Arts and fifth-year landscape architecture students in the Environmental Planning Studio. Landscape architecture students each inventoried a separate 1 million acres from the Turtle Mountains in north-central North Dakota to east of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, to identify emergent programs that could be implemented basinwide. Photography students used this work as a point of departure for their own projects on the Red River Basin. The projects examine conceptions of the river, its colors and forms, and the interaction between area residents and the dynamic riparian zone.



Fall 2014 Visual Arts Baccalaureate Exhibition


November 25 – December 18, 2014

Opening Reception November 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The NDSU Visual Arts Department and the Memorial Union Gallery present an exhibition of work by the Fall 2014 Baccalaureate candidates. Six graduating NDSU Visual Arts students – Ian Warner, Julianna Haman, Derek Graham, Sarah Svensson, Ginny Pick, and Samantha McCormick – present diverse projects that explore shared and personal mythologies and ideologies.



Portraits: Selections from NDSU Advanced Painting

October - December 2014

Memorial Union Main Level

This exhibition wall highlights paintings made during the Fall 2014 semester by students enrolled in Advanced Painting. Each painting explores the theme of “portraits” through differing techniques, and each artist questions or distorts traditional portraiture. Qual’s piece is more traditional in its symmetry and balance, but it explores the contemporary subject of vanity and how individuals represent themselves. The painting by Kelly pixelates and obscures a portrait. This forces the viewer to take a closer look at the components and colors that make up a portrait, rather than the subject itself. Lastly, Svensson uses distorted portraits to look at how a group is portrayed. In this particular piece, drinking coffee links group members together. Advanced Painting is taught by Kimble Bromley and offered through the NDSU Department of Visual Arts.

The exhibition was curated by student and MU Gallery employee Brea Grueneich.

Oil & Water: A Printmaking Exchange

October 16 – November 20, 2014

Reception + Artist Talks, October 30, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Oil, Water, and Environmental Justice: An Interdisciplinary Panel, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Oil and Water explores the use or mis-use of our natural resources. Whether dealing with issues of flooding and diversion in the Red River Valley or oil development and fracking on the Bakken Oil Formation, printmaking students and faculty from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, University of Manitoba, University of North Dakota and Valley City State University tackle challenging issues through the fascinating medium of printmaking. The portfolio was first exhibited at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND from April 6th through May 12th. The project was coordinated by Heidi Goldberg, Kent Kapplinger, and John Volk. This exhibition is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Composition: Selections from the NDSU Permanent Collection

September 19 – October 11, 2014 

Student Gallery Talks, October 2, 4:00 pm 

Art + Improv: NDSU Performing Arts Students Respond to the Permanent Collection, October 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm 
This exhibition of work from the NDSU Permanent Collection explores the concept of composition as it relates to visual art and musical performance: how are compositional decisions made in both music and art, and what effect do these decisions have on the work’s interpretation? 
Several principles such as rhythm, balance, unity, and movement have been established to intentionally guide composition in both music and art, reaffirming the inseparable nature of these two forms of expression. This exhibition pairs visual art with musical performance as well as literature and art historical research. In pairing visual art with other mediums, we ask: How do these compositional principles (rhythm / balance / unity / movement) manifest in multiple contexts? What “rules” are followed, and what rules are broken? And ultimately, what makes for a successful composition? 

Souls of Silver: Wet Plate Photography by Shane Balkowitsch

August 5 – September 11, 2014

Closing Reception September 11, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, artist talk beginning at 5:30 pm

- Cyanotype Workshop with Su Legatt, August 28, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Create your own cyanotype while learning about historic photo processes!

- Wet Plate Collodion Demonstration with Shane Balkowitsch, September 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Join featured artist Shane Balkowitch for an outdoor, interactive demonstration of the wet plate collodion process. Sitters will chosen at random; thrown your name in the hat for a chance to have your plate made! 

Shane Balkowitsch employs one of the earliest forms of photography, wet plate collodion, to create emotive and symbolic portraits using silver and glass. The wet plate collodion process was invented by Frederick Scott Archer, an English sculptor who started experimenting with collodion in 1848-1849 and published the full details of the process in 1851. It was twenty times faster than pervious methods, and paper prints could be made from the glass plates, allowing for many copies to produced from one original. The collodion process became known as the “wet plate process” because all the procedures had to be carried out while the plate was damp, since the ether in the collodion rapidly evaporated. The procedure required speed and on-the-spot darkroom access, so that the photographer could sensitize, expose and develop the plate before it dried. The combination of wet plate collodion negatives and albumen prints was the most successful and widespread commercial photographic technique of the second half of the 19th century. This exhibition is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. 

Eva Isaksen: The Printed Collage

June 17 – July 25, 2014

Opening Reception Wednesday,  June 18, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Artist Talk Wednesday, June 18, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on the 5th floor of Renaissance Hall (Downtown campus)

The Printmaking Education And Research Studio (PEARS) program and the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery present "The Printed Collage," an exhibition of work by Eva Isaksen. This exhibition coincides with the 13th PEARS summer printmaking workshop, where Isaksen will serve as visiting artist / printmaker. Born in Bodø, Norway and currently based in Seattle, Isaksen works with monotype and collage to create delicately layered prints on paper and canvas. The artist draws inspiration from organic forms and natural processes while embracing experimentation and low-tech practices.

Megan Mitchell: 2014 James Rosenquist Artist-In-Residence Exhibition

May 6 – June 5, 2014

Opening Reception May 6, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Artist Talk May 9, 3:00 p.m.

In partnership with the NDSU Department of Visual Arts, this exhibition features recent work by Megan Mitchell, the 2014 James Rosenquist Artist-In-Residence. Drawing inspiration from architectural history and the built landscape of Fargo, Mitchell creates contained, ceramic monoliths and layers prints that consider the exchange between illusionary and actual space. The exhibition explores the diverse range of work Mitchell has created throughout her semester as an Artist-In-Residence at NDSU.  

Spring 2014 Baccalaureate Exhibition

April 15 – May 2, 2014

Opening Reception April 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The NDSU Visual Arts Department and the Memorial Union Gallery present an exhibition of work by the Spring 2014 Baccalaureate candidates, on view April 15 – May 2 in the Memorial Union Gallery. Nine graduating NDSU students—Katie Laubenstien, Chelsey Lutovsky, Spencer Martin, Sydney Martin, Jordan Nelson, Hannah Zoe Olson, Haily Peterson, Dave $auvageau, and Jordan Stiefel—present diverse projects that consider and challenge notions of time, place, nationhood, and self.  

The Clothesline Project

April 7 – 11, 2014

Opening April 7, 8:45 – 9:45 p.m.

Reception and T-Shirt Making Event: April 10, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A group of women from Cape Cod, MA started the Clothesline Project in 1990. The intent of the program is to provide a vehicle for women who have been affected by sexual and relationship violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence against women. 

It is estimated that there are around 500 projects nationally and internationally. All of the shirts on display at NDSU were made by individuals from the NDSU community.

The ART of Theatre: Master – Mentor – Medium

February 6 – April 10, 2014

Public Reception March 1, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

In celebration of 100 years of the Little Country Theatre, the Memorial Union Gallery, in partnership with the NDSU Theatre Arts Department, presents The ART of Theatre: Master – Mentor – Medium, curated by Professor Emeritus / Little Country Theatre historian Donald E. Larew. This exhibition features lighting, stage management, costume, and scenic design work executed by students with the mentorship of Theatre Arts Department faculty, highlighting the fruitful relationship between student and mentor that has flourished throughout the history of the Little Country Theatre. Productions that were repeatedly re-imagined throughout the Little Country Theatre’s 100-year history are also reconsidered, demonstrating a wide array of creative solutions to the same script. 

A public reception featuring an illustrated history performance by artist Steve Stark and a screening of the Little Country Theatre Documentary The Past is Prologue will take place on March 1st from 2 – 5 pm at the Memorial Union Gallery and Century Theater.

Put A Bird On It: Ali LaRock and Paul Noot

January 3 - 30, 2014

Public Reception and Artist Talk: January 30, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

This exhibition features a variety of bird-themed art by Bismarck artists Ali LaRock and Paul Noot. Inspired by an episode of the television series Portlandia in which the characters go into a store and “put birds on things” to make them more hip and sellable, Noot and LaRock, both bird lovers, approach the subject through humorous yet serious individual lenses. Much of LaRock’s inspiration for her bird pieces comes from her personal life and human interaction; she uses birds to symbolize these interactions, ideas, and feelings. Noot’s take on the theme is shaped by his North Dakota roots. He also looked at birds that had a kind of spirit toward him and a message to share about the human condition.

The artists are founding members of the Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op, where the exhibition premiered in January 2013 before beginning its “migration pattern” throughout the state. LaRock received her BFA in painting from Minnesota State University, Moorhead and works as a teaching artist in area schools and through organizations such as North Dakota Council on the Arts, Sleepy Hollow Summer Fine Arts program, and the International Music Camp. Noot received his MFA from Brooklyn College in New York. He has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks. Noot is the chair of the Visual Arts Department at Bismarck High School and teaches classes at Theo Art School, Sleepy Hollow Summer Fine Arts program, and Continuing Education classes for the University of North Dakota.

Paul Noot, Tardersauce & Goldie, acrylic on canvas
Ali LaRock, We Fit, mixed media on canvas panel

Audio|Video: Advanced Digital Media Exhibition

December 16 – December 27, 2013

The Memorial Union Gallery, in collaboration with the NDSU Advanced Digital Media course, presents a multi-project audiovisual installation, now on view in the Memorial Union Gallery. Three distinct, digital projects use audio and video channels to weave narratives around a range of subject matter – from interpreting the seven deadly sins to cooking roadkill stew. The immersive environment will be open throughout finals week and will remain on view through December 27.

Fall 2013 Visual Arts Baccalaureate Exhibition

November 26 – December 13, 2013
Public Reception on December 12, 5 - 7 pm 

The NDSU Visual Arts Department and the Memorial Union Gallery present an exhibition of work by the Fall 2013 Baccalaureate candidates. Working in a broad range of material and styles, the five students—Brynn Joki, Philip Gregory, Kerry Helland, Sarah Ishaug, and Jasmyn Hirchert—present cohesive, conceptual projects that confront, transform, and challenge viewers and space.

Joki’s Unchained project observes the empowerment of women through fashion design. In this project, three custom-designed garments stand for “future women” who forge their own journeys through choice. Joki explains that her inspiration “came from the history of women’s equality” as well as the “women who have appreciated and continued that journey.”

Gregory’s Baccalaureate project utilizes photography and graphic design to consider the daily effect of phobias on an individual’s life. By visually positioning a variety of “phobias” in satirical and surprising environments, he posits that these fears are unreasonable or irrational. Viewers are confronted with the emotions a person might experience when faced with these fears.

In her cohesive ceramic project, Helland explores the female form. Seven ceramic sculptures, each born from the same mold, emerge as distinct, individual pieces representing the unique characteristics of each woman. Capitalizing on the unpredictability of the firing process, Helland embraces imperfections on the surface of her stable structures, reclaiming the “flaws” as representations of each woman’s strength in spite of her scars.

Ishaug’s series of oil on canvas paintings entitled Natural Manipulation look closely at the textures and colors present throughout the natural world. The artist works from photographs, research, and close examination of the surrounding environment. Through non-objective forms and abstraction, viewers are invited to consider the inherent beauty in natural lines, forms and colors.

Hirchert visually declares that “the ‘fourth wall’ that separates cartoons from reality has been broken.” Animated characters abound and adapt to the real, physical world throughout this series of animated and manipulated digital collages. In her project entitled Discovery, Hirchart places characters in both familiar and ironic situations, hoping to illustrate how “their world is not so different from ours.”

Open Access, Reposted and Revealed: Selections from the Permanent Collection Live Online

October 25- November 23, 2013

Join the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery in celebrating the launch of a new online, digital gallery with the exhibition “Open Access, Reposted and Revealed.” Available through the Memorial Union Gallery’s website, the digital gallery enables anyone, at any time, to view and appreciate art from the Memorial Union Gallery’s permanent collection. Taking the permanent collection into the digital realm creates a space to inspire and encourage the communication of ideas. The corresponding live “Open Access” exhibition explores the relationship between the digital and physical realms by celebrating the former while simultaneously encouraging visitors to view and appreciate the original works.

In honor of the distinguished English Professor Catherine Cater, Bell State Bank & Trust employee and gallery patron, Lourdes Hawley, designated her 2012 Pay It Forward program dollars to fund this digital initiative. Catherine Cater was devoted to her students as well as the art community, encouraging the growth of new ideas as well as recognizing the traditions that still exist. “Open Access” honors her legacy by bringing the tradition of exhibition into the digital age. 

Join us for a public reception Thursday, November 21 from 5-7pm 

See the new online digital gallery!

"NDSU Fraternity and Sorority Life: A 100-Year Celebration"

October 1-19 , 2013

Beginning in 1913 with Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, NDSU has supported a vibrant Greek community full of traditions and history. Over NDSU Homecoming, the Memorial Union Gallery is partnering with Greek Life, its fifteen chapters, and NDSU's Archive department to reflect on the history of Greek Life at NDSU. The exhibition is on display from October 1 - 19, with an opening reception from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on October 10. 



Alpha Gamma Delta, 1968 ©NDSU University Archives
Sigma Phi Delta, c. 1976-77 ©NDSU University Archives

Welcome to a New Dimension, 3D Collections Exhibit

July 18 - September 14, 2013

The Memorial Union Gallery is pleased to welcome new and returning students to the new academic year with an exhibition that explores new dimensions and celebrates the changing of realities. Featuring three-dimensional works from the Memorial Union Gallery’s permanent collection, this show engages with the idea that education brings about another consciousness and challenges us to look at reality in new directions. 

North Dakota Governor's School July 9-19

A summer residential NDSU program for high school students offering study in Science, Mathematics, IT, English, and Performing/Visual Arts. ND high school students in the Visual Arts program will create, install, and exhibit all work created during this summer experience. 

Amy Smith, James Rosenquist Artist in Residence 2013, April 30 - June 28, 2013

Reception May 2, 6-8pm James Rosenquist Artist in Residence, Amy Smith's most recent works in porcelain reflect her inspiration while living and teaching in North Dakota.  

Amy works intuitively in porcelain, her open forms gently hold space. Fluid glazes break over carved surfaces, referencing pooling, freezing and thawing. Her palate choice runs cool with touches of warmth. She generously exposes the porcelain body. Her work is alluring and subtle.

2013 BFA Exhibition, April 17-27, 2013

The NDSU Memorial Union Gallery is hosting five student artists for the 2013 BFA Exhibition.

Peta-Gaye Clachar’s show is titled "Unbroken Promises".  As a painter, Clachar explores social issues of fertility throughout its process, both pre and post-conception. In this collection, Clachar’s paintings portray what she says is “the innocence and beauty that is inherent within a child.”

Tara Fermoyle’s show is titled "Surface".  With a background in textile design, Fermoyle has developed an appreciation for tactile surfaces, and through this is acutely aware of different patterns and textures.  As a maker of objects, Fermoyle creates ceramic work that is contemplative as well as functional.

Jasmyn Hirchert’s show is titled "Not Your Grandfather’s History".  Exploring subjects from childhood cartoons and finding inspiration from foreign anime and Korean dramas, Hirchert puts pencil to paper to examine the grotesque.

Matthew Ingalls’ show is titled "Memories".  Working with ceramics, Ingalls says, “Memories have fluidity and the most important memories are the ones that have an emotional tie. Memories with an emotional tie can touch a person on a visceral level.”  His work plays with the ideas of memories and form.

Chamanthi Weeratunga’s show is titled "Evolution".  Weeratunga’s photographs are digitally manipulated to illustrate her emotional transition within sacred spaces over the past year.  Documenting area churches,  Weeratunga found a connection to the faith of Christianity even though she was raised a Buddhist.

The exhibit will be on display from April 17 – April 27 with a reception on April 25, 5-7pm.  Join us and support the talents of NDSU students as well as the Memorial Union Gallery.

“The Poor Boy and Mud Pony” by Monte Yellowbird, Mach 7 - April 10, 2013


The Memorial Union Gallery host the first exhibit of “Poor Boy and the Mud Pony” Traveling Exhibit from March 7 – April 10, 2013.  This collection by Monte Yellow Bird, better known as Black Pinto Horse in the art world is a collection of contemporary ledger art that blends his life experiences, storytelling and rich culture through artistic expression.  His coined phrase is that “we’re only on this earth for a short time, if you’re going to shine, shine brightly.” This coincides with the artist’s favorite color, which is “BRIGHT”. 

Ledger art is a form of art that came from the use of accounting ledger books as a source of paper in the late 19th century following the scarcity of buffalo hides on which the images were traditionally painted.  The images in ledger art depict events of valor, stories of the community, and tribal importance and status.  Detail and backgrounds are kept to a minimum in order to let the bold images tell the story as the artist documented their changing environment, time, and events.  Contemporary ledger art focuses on preserving and expressing heritage, tradition, and cultural continuity.  Yellow Bird will be presenting an artist’s talk on March 21 at 7pm.  He will expand on these themes in the talk and be available throughout the reception from 6-8pm for individual discussion as well.

This exhibition will leave you inspired by his words and wisdom as well as a new outlook on this form of art, history, First Nation culture, respect for the earth and life itself.  This is a “must-see” exhibit!  The show runs from March 7 – April 10, 2013.  Join us for refreshments and an opportunity for learning and discussion about art, history, culture, and tradition!

“Infinite Prints: Ink, Press, Repeat” from February 5 – March 2, 2013

This contemporary print exhibit showcases multiple printmaking techniques and pieces from the Memorial Union Gallery & Department of Visual Arts collections. 

The Memorial Union Gallery and Student Curator, Chamanthi Weeratunga, presents “Infinite Prints: Ink, Press, Repeat”, a contemporary print exhibition from the Student Art, Ralph Engel Memorial, Lakeside Studio, Memorial Union, NDSU collections from the Memorial Union Gallery and Art Bank, PEARS collections from the Department of Visual Arts – North Dakota State University.

Printmaking has become popular among students and many artists as it can portray social commentary, humor, and activism. The purpose of this exhibition is to introduce a wide range of printmaking techniques and practices to educate students and the community. This would also allow the audience to view different forms of printmaking techniques like, Relief, Intaglio, Serigraphy, Lithography and more. Regional Artist and Professor Kent Kapplinger will be presenting an artist’s talk on February 28 at 4:30pm and will discuss the processes and differences in techniques.

This exhibition will feature regional and international artists, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Glen Alps, Walter Piehl, Star Wallowing Bull, Eric Johnson, Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, and Kent Kapplinger.  This is a “must-see” exhibit!  The show runs from February 5 – March 2, 2013.  Gallery hours are:  Tuesday – Saturday:  11am – 5pm, and Thursday:  11am – 8pm.  Please Join Us!

“Dakota Moniker – Past & Present”, September 17 – October 28, 2012

Remember the time you took a road trip to some place you really wanted to go to. As you are driving by all the unfamiliar territory, you saw the beauty of nature. Occasionally, you would drive by something that would strike you as “out of the ordinary” or “weird”. In J. Earl Miller’s show, “A Scenic Overlook”, he shows the audience the crazy things that are not supposed to be there, but they actually are.  J. Earl Miller’s newest show, “Dakota Moniker – Past & Present” gives us that very same impression…it’s intriguing, it’s thought provoking, and it’s a show that you simply do not want to miss!

The exhibit features some NEVER SEEN BEFORE photos shot specifically for his show at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery.  See these amazing photos from September 17 – October 28, 2012 and join us for an incredible reception on October 4th, 2012 from 4pm-9pm.  Listen to J.Earl Miller describe his inspiration and his travels.

Miller is a local photographer who specializes in diverse ranges. He does work in straight photography to complex manipulations and montages. Miller has had work displayed in in the High Plains Reader and the honor of being featured in the “Art on the Plains” show at the Plains Art Museum.  Visit for more info.

Our Next Exhibit - August 28 - September 15 - "Big, Bold Art" - From the NDSU Collection


My photography strives to portray the human condition, representing people in their most natural surroundings. The images from photographic trips to northern India in 1996, Turkey in 2004-7, Afghanistan in 2005, the Middle East in 2007-2008, and most recently China in 2010, illustrate the people and landscapes of the Silk Road. They reflect my style of photography and the type of subjects that convey the essence of the Silk Road as seen in my exhibitions, book and presentations, and on the Peace Caravan website.

Peace Caravan on the Silk Road: The Journey of One Woman in Search of Her Religious and Cultural Heritage.

Revealing ourselves to strangers is uncomfortable for most people and speaking a different language complicates the process. It helps to go without fear, since trust is the currency of the solo traveler. I think it’s my innate honesty, “looking at people straight in the eye” which allows me to photograph their most private moments. 

Nothing could express this more clearly than the photographs of the men, women, and children of Waras, Afghanistan. The images provide a rare glimpse into the lives of the little known Hazara people. The original descendants of Genghis Kahn—the great unifier of the Silk Road, they live in the mountains of central Afghanistan, in the region of the Great Buddhas. Unfortunately and tragically, the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas in 2001. I was the first foreigner to visit this remote area, set deep in the valleys of the Surb Kohn Mountains.

The images allude to the difficult physical efforts required to undertake a journey of this nature. It is not an easy feat to ride on horseback for six days in the cold Afghan mountains. Traveling on the road is no luxury when seeking the authentic and there are no exceptions. The northern terrains of the Silk Road contain rugged, intense mountains making for an arduous journey. Nonetheless, the rewards are worth every ache and sprain. 

I exchange the horse and donkey for the camel to discover what it was like for the caravans to cross the scorching Taklamakan desert in western China where the heat is relentless. Buddhism was prevalent along the ancient route. Today I am here to photograph the Uyghur people, a Chinese Muslim ethnic minority living in the remote Xingjiang Province in Western China. In miles, they are closer to Kabul than they are to Beijing. Until recently the Uyghurs have lived in relative isolation. Farming, as they have for centuries, the lush fertile lands of the oasis that fringe the fierce desert of “no return”.

The photographs from southern Turkey depict a region steeped in Biblical and pre-Biblical lore and are an example of an area where great religions have merged. Harran is one of the oldest continuous cities on earth. Here, the first Islamic university, established in the eighth and ninth century was once home to the Muslim and Jewish prophet Abraham. Today, Harran is home to Kurdish people who live in the traditional beehive-shaped houses, unique to the area. In Sanliurfa, forty kilometers north, I spent afternoons in the women’s section of the sacred cave, believed by Muslims to be the prophet Abraham’s birthplace. My photographs show images of women praying, expressing their deep devotion to the patriarch. Other photographs depict the cave’s refreshing atmosphere of a girl’s club with women chatting, laughing, passing the time enjoying the cool protection from the blazing heat outside.

The three great religion’s first stirring arose from the same dry hot sands becoming the cornerstone of western philosophy.  Today desert life is a mix of camels and jeeps as seen in the photographs from Wadi Rum, Jordan, Palmyra, Syrian, and the Negev in Israel. Jerusalem is the crucible and here I feature the iconic image of the holy Western Wall, sacred to Jewish people. Also, shown is the Church of All Nations located in the Garden of Gethsemane holy to all Christians.

Some of the regions I’ve photographed so far in my journey along the Silk Road—Kabul, Herat, Kashmir, Kurdish Turkey, Northern and Eastern Syria, Xingiang Province, China—are extremely dangerous and the utmost caution, precaution and diligence is taken for my safety.

However, the media today is focused on too many images of war. The Peace Caravan Project has a different mission—illustrating the beauty of the landscapes, the dignity and diversity of the people, to illuminate the beauty of our differences, sharing in the knowledge of our one humanity.

-       Marla Mossman




Pam Rettig, Photographer

Born and raised in Western North Dakota, Pam likes to say she is from Alexander, where the world starts and ends. Between her “start and end” literacy promotion has given her a look at a bit more to the world.

She earned her associates Arts degree from UND Williston, her Bachelor of Science degree from Minot State University and her Masters Degree from the University of Mary. Her teaching experiences vary, from traditional classroom settings to Title I Reading and Math specialist for Bismarck Public School. She has been an adjunct instructor for the University of Mary since 1995.

She has worked across the United States as a Teacher Trainer and a consultant. She is also active in the community as a member of several reading councils and local organizations. In addition to professional organizations she also has been a volunteer tutor at a local group home and as a volunteer has run an after school club in association with Bismarck Public Schools called project Harmony, promoting cultural awareness and sensitivity among young people. 

“Photographer Of The American West”, an exhibition of historical western photographs by L.A. Huffman, through July 20

“Photographer Of The American West”, an exhibition of historical western photographs by L.A. Huffman, is showing through July 20, 2012 at  the Memorial Union Gallery, North Dakota State University (NDSU). This exhibit is touring the state through the network of members of the North Dakota Art Gallery Association.

Laton Alton (L.A.) Huffman, at about 25 years of age, traveled west in 1879 to become post-photographer at Fort Keogh, Montana Territory. By then, he had already learned the trade while growing up in Iowa from his photographer father and later at Moorhead, Minnesota from another well known photographer of the mountain-plains area, F.J. Haynes.  Fort Keogh was established in late 1876, on the heels of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, aka “The Custer Massacre”, to resolve what had happened there. This was (then) Colonel Nelson A. Miles' headquarters for the remaining campaigns, primarily, against the various tribes of Sioux, the Northern Cheyenne and Chief Joseph's Nez Perce.

At Fort Keogh and in Miles City, which soon grew adjacent to the fort, he photographed the mix of people and animals, old and new to the region; the tribal families, the buffalo hunters, the stockmen and the colorful people of old Milestown and beyond. He photographed the ranches, the roundups, and the cowboys in greater extent and detail than was ever done. Using cumbersome cameras with glass plate negatives, he gathered his early photographs from horseback or buggy, covering a wide swath of ground being converted from native-grass buffalo grounds and native villages to ranches, farms and new settlements.

His work was widely published and distributed but his photography business had its hardships.  To help support his family that included a wife and two daughters, he also involved himself in real estate and politics, being elected to some area and state posts. After the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad at Miles City in 1881, Huffman traveled more widely and increased the realm of his subjects and sites. He tried briefly pursuing work in other localities but always returned to Miles City.

Huffman's career in Montana covered more than 50 years. As photographer and guide for historians, writers and Eastern sportsmen, he ranged widely and captured some of the most notable, iconic images of that era. There is even strong evidence that acclaimed western artists such as Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, sometimes used his images for reference in their paintings.

During a December visit to see his daughter in nearby Billings in 1931, he was stricken and died from a heart attack. His body was returned home to Miles City where he was buried in the family plot in the Custer County Cemetery.  Interest in his work was revived in the 1950’s with the publication of two books, “The Frontier Years” and “Before Barbed Wire”. “Coffrin’s Old West Gallery” continued to print images derived from the Huffman collection after that. In 2003, the book “L.A. Huffman, Photographer of the American West” arrived to honor his work.

This collection comprises part of their holdings of vintage prints at “The Home of L. A. Huffman: Custer County Art & Heritage Center” in Miles City, Montana. The “vintage” term indicates that they were produced by the hand of or under his direction, during his lifetime. Most of the Huffman family’s remaining collection of original negatives resides in the collection of the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana.

Visual Arts Visiting Artist Series/PEARS Presents Nichole Maury

North Dakota State University Department of Visual Arts Visiting Artist Series/PEARS announces a lecture by highly sought after artist/printmaker Nichole Maury, Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Printmaking program at Western Michigan University. Maury is visiting printmaker at The Non-Repeatable Print, a workshop exploring monotype and monoprint screen printing techniques  at NDSU from June 11-22. Maury will lecture about her work on Tuesday, June 12 beginning at 6:00 pm at NDSU Renaissance Hall 114. For information about the workshop or email or

In repetition there is order and structure, but also endless variation. By trying to create a perfect mark by hand, it’s individuality and imperfections become more and more apparent. I combine this distinctive mark with that of the printed mark to contrast their inherent natures and serve as visual reminders of a struggle to balance two realities. 
A subjective and sometimes tenuous law emerges, resulting in a network of self-imposed, visual systems. While each mark is an automatic response to the mark made before it, autobiographical issues such as identity and dislocation inevitably impact the overall content and construction of these images.


Nichole Maury lives and works in Kalamazoo, MI where she is an Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Printmaking program at Western Michigan University. Maury’s prints have been included in several international and national venues including The International Print Center New York, The Scuola di Grafica, Venice, Italy, The Chicago Cultural Center, and The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.  She has been awarded residencies at The Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, The Kala Art Institute of Art, Berkeley, CA, Women’s Studio Workshop, NY, and Jentel, WY and her prints have been included in several publications such as New American Paintings (Vol. 89), and Printmakers Today (Schiffer Publishing 2010).

Maury’s prints are in the collections of The Midwest Museum of America Art, The New Orleans Museum of Art, Kala Art Institute, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper at The State University of New Jersey, Bradley University, Columbia College Chicago, The University of Iowa, Minot State University and various other public and private collections.

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"Faces of the Oil Patch" by Wayne Gudmundson - May 1st - 30th

UNFUNNY - New Works by Lori Larusso, April 18-May 31

Lori Larusso is the 2012 NDSU James Rosenquist Artist in Residence.

Lori Larusso, the 2012 James Rosenquist Artist in Residence with NDSU Visual Arts, will present a solo exhibition April 17-May 31 at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery.  An opening reception is scheduled for April 19 from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Admission to the gallery and reception are free and open to the public. 

Ms. Larusso uses as representations of generic and stereotypical middle-America in her paintings to remind the viewer of the culture one maintains on a daily basis.  She uses this to explore the contradictions that exist in society’s system of beliefs by pointing to the complexity of individual situations.  She believes ideals are reflections of the way one wishes things were, rather than the way they are actually experienced.  At NDSU, Ms. Larusso will teach a seminar course and her residency will culminate with an exhibition and donation of a piece of artwork to the James Rosenquist Artist Residency Collection.  Additional information about Ms. Larusso can be found online at

Ms. Larusso holds a B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and a M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s graduate interdisciplinary program, the Mount Royal School of Art.  She works in her community as an advocate for reproductive rights, a part-time professor of art, and maintains a solid studio practice.  She exhibits her work locally, nationally, and internationally.  In 2011, Ms. Larusso was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, the Kentucky Art Council’s Al Smith Fellowship, and was a Milton and Sally Avery Fellow for 2010-11. 

The James Rosenquist Artist Residency is funded in part by BisonArts, an organization designed to nurture and support the work of NDSU Division of Fine Arts.

Lori Larusso’s artist’s talk will be Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. 

Artist Bio: I am interested in exploring the unavoidable contradictions which exist in our personal (and collective) systems of belief, by pointing to the complexity of individual situations. Very often, our ideals are a reflection of the way we wish things were, rather than a product of the way we actually experience them. I find this conflict to be in direct connection to the representational image.

Regardless of our individual upbringings in the US, media and historical representations of generic and stereotypical middle-America remind us of the culture we prefer to present as reality. For this work, I utilize both acquired and invented imagery. No image is without reference. Interior spaces and manicured semi-private outdoor spaces suggest a relative level of comfort and social acceptance. Confidently defined, the architecture represented here sometimes confirms and sometimes questions the stability of the situation.

The edge of the painted image defines the edge of the actual support. Some works contain multiple separate pieces that interact within a whole idea. These works include only the necessary information needed to complete the idea and composition by isolating aspects of a specific situation or environment.

Lori Larusso earned her BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, with a minor in Women’s Studies, and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s graduate interdisciplinary program, the Mount Royal School of Art. Lori maintains a solid studio practice, exhibiting her work locally, nationally, and internationally. Lori has been awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Fellowship, a Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship, and is the 2012 James Rosenquist Artist In Residence at North Dakota State University. Lori currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

EcoArt - Re-purpose with Purpose from April 18-28, 2012

Memorial Union Gallery to host NDSU BA / BS Baccalaureate Show

The NDSU Memorial Union Gallery is hosting six artists for the 2012 Spring BA / BS Baccalaureate Show.  This is a unique show that includes a variety of media and subjects.  Six artists are featured.

Anna Krieg’s show is titled “Personification” and she states that it is “Connecting abstract floral paintings to different feelings.”  Krieg has always been creative and energetic. Her favorite quote about art is "Painting is color, and color is light... light is manipulating the painter" by Larry Poons. She will continue to explore different ideas, reflecting experiences in her artwork throughout her life.

Danielle Verhey’s show, titled “Boom”, is an exhibit about nuclear power. It focuses on the power of nuclear energy to change the landscape and living things around it, but its failure to ultimately destroy it. It showcases changes in animal life from comical to tragic.

Kyle Hanson has titled his show “Memory Navigation”.  The work being displayed at this exhibition represents a series of road trips the artist has taken that have had significant emotional impacts. The trips have been a key element to his becoming the person he is today. Actual maps serve as reminders of the importance of different places, and the artwork is a celebration of his travel experiences.

Lenaya Kerlin’s show is titled “Roller Derby:  Sights & Sounds”.  She will be presenting video documentary on the most basic elements of the practice of roller derby.  Her focus relies on the sound and skills that are repeated ritualistically in the average practice of an FM Derby Girl. With the assistance of  fellow derby girls, Kerlin has compiled the essential agility and strength workouts that lead to the creation of the “super woman” persona of a derby girl.

Samuel Schultz titled his show “Portraits in B Flat Minor”.  His current series incorporates his history as a jazz musician and his interest in abstract expressionism with photorealism and the genre of portraiture.

Oscar G. Zamora’s show is titled “Acknowledge Me” and he describes it as a performance, poetry, and painting show. Zamora says, “My work is about my past self and my present self seeking acknowledgement.  Without my past I wouldn't exist.  Now, in my present, I can share and open up.”

The exhibit will be on display from April 3 – April 14th with a reception on April 4th from 4-6pm.  Join us and support the talents of NDSU Visual Arts Students as well as the Memorial Union Gallery.

Exhibit Titled “no lumps, thank you; a bra anthologie” by Meg Spielman-Peldo

Exhibit  crosses gender, age, and culture…it’s about breasts and bras.

No matter what your relationship is with breasts and bras, this exhibition will bring a smile to your spirit and a chuckle to your heart, with its quirky interpretation of the silly terms that become associated with bras and breasts.  From “nest enhancement” (two birds adorned with delicate flowers and string) to “Hot Ta-Tas” (colorful Mexican bowls filled with peppers supporting braided green onion straps), artist Meg Spielman-Peldo creates remarkably clever images that appeal to both sexes and virtually all age groups.  Whether you favor training wheels, snowballs, melons, or antlers, this is an exhibition that everyone will enjoy.

“no lumps, thank you; a bra anthologie” is an uplifting and entertaining photographic collection of playful brassieres created from a wide and wild variety of common objects.  There is a universal vibe of humor surrounding those garments called bras that “lift and separate” our breasts.  It crosses gender, age, and culture…and it will make you smile. 

Meg Spielman is a professional artist and photographer specializing in creative, simple and natural photography.  She photographs with natural light and covers many genres.  Meg is also an accomplished and experienced travel photographer, licensing her images to international publishers for greeting cards, prints, posters and calendars.  Regarding her work, Meg states, “I love photography. I love art. I love kids. I love traveling and exploring. I am captivated by light and shapes and colors and textures. I have worked as an artist all of my life. I hope you see my passion for this world we share… for families and love and relationships… through my lens.”

The exhibit will be on display from February 28 – March 31, 2012.    BRA-VO  TO THAT FUNNY INVENTION DESIGNE TO HOLD OUR MELONS…KNOCKERS…OR RACK!!!

F-M Artist Exhibit Titled: “What I want you to know about me and my art…” through March 31

Art exhibit celebrates artists in the Fargo-Moorhead area that have overcome disabilities to make the world more beautiful.


The Memorial Union Art Gallery is opening its doors, its walls, and its pedestals to emerging artists in the Fargo-Moorhead area that have moved beyond their disability to make the world a more beautiful place via their creativity, their gifts, and their art.  This is a collaboration with numerous agencies that aid individuals with these gifts helping them to realize their potential  

Their work will hang on the same walls that the works of master artists such as Picasso and Warhol have hung.  NDSU is thrilled to offer this opportunity.  The title comes from the freedom that each artist has gained to tell the world whatever they choose regarding their life, their thoughts, their struggles, their gifts, and their artwork.  It is about celebrating talents through the arts.  The exhibit gives a personal and connected view of each person’s accomplishments and artistic expression.  You will not want to miss the opportunity to share in the beauty and importance of the arts in with these emerging regional artists. 

The exhibit will be on display through March 31, 2012.  A reception will be scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  Artists will be available to describe their work and visit with attendees.  JOIN US FOR REFRESHMENTS!!!


Exhibit for Women’s Week Celebrations: “Women of Considerable Influence” through March 31, 2012

Exhibit to showcase artwork by Natasha Neihart as well as dresses worn by Fargo suffragettes, Kate Selby Wilder and Ruth Roberts Haggert. 


The Memorial Union Art Gallery will be hosting a unique exhibit through March 31, 2012 that is a collaboration of art and history.  The Emily P. Reynold Historical Costume Collection has dresses on display that were worn by prominent Fargo suffragettes, Kate Selby Wilder and Ruth Roberts Haggert. The dresses have unique and detailed ornamentation as well as textures. Both dresses create a picture of the feminine side of the Fargo elite.

The dresses are accompanied by artwork by well known regional artist, Natasha Neihart.  Neihart combined her “love of anatomical form with the study of texture” in her work for this exhibit.  She created a sepia, charcoal, and pastel drawing of Ruth Roberts Haggert as well as an oil portrait of Kate Selby Wilder.  Both pieces bring the womens’ personas to life as well as showcase the light, texture, weaves, and details.  The pieces also stand as a strong example of using art as a method to tell the story of the era. 

Both of the women featured in the exhibit are excellent examples of influential women of Fargo in the 1910’s.  Kate Selby Wilder was a prominent member of the Votes for Women League and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.  She also was elected to the Fargo City Commission in 1919.  Ruth Roberts Haggart, was also amongst the accomplished women in the early Women’s Movement in Fargo.  In fact, her family was in the forefront of development in our region. 

The exhibit as a whole gives a glimpse of the era of “Women of Influence”.  From the clothing, artifacts, and adornments, to the artwork, texture, and representation of the women, this is an exhibit that everyone must see. 


Call for Entries - Juried Student Show 2012

Download the Juried Student Show Catalog

The Annual Student Show Exhibit will take place January 26 – March 7, 2012 with a reception on February 9, 2012, Darwin Day.  This show has previously featured original pieces of mixed mediums as well as ceramics, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and multi-media pieces.  Visitors of the Gallery may vote for a “People’s Choice” Selection.  

Memorial Union Gallery is requesting work for the 2012 Juried Student Art Exhibit…and there’s a twist of Darwin.

All NDSU students are eligible to submit applications for a juried show at the Memorial Union Gallery – Submit your work for consideration and cash prizes!

The Memorial Union Gallery is proud to facilitate a show of the talents of North Dakota State University students.  They are requesting submissions with a deadline of January 13th at 5pm.  The show is juried by a well-known regional artist, William Charles Harbort.  The show will include awards for Best in Show and Honorable Mention with both categories yielding prizes.  Interested students are encouraged to visit the Memorial Union Gallery Website for the official application form and instructions for the electronic submission.

This year, the MU Gallery is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with the NDSU Biological Sciences Department with the addition of a $100 award to the piece that best displays the theory by Charles Darwin provided on the application.  The  2012 show is titled, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” as quoted by Darwin himself.

The Annual Student Show Exhibit will take place January 26 – February 25, 2012 with a reception on February 9 from 4:00-6:00pm, 2012, Darwin Day.  This show has previously featured original pieces of mixed mediums as well as ceramics, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and multi-media pieces.  Visitors of the Gallery may vote for a “People’s Choice” Selection.  The Gallery will also feature the pieces on Facebook to further showcase the creativity and talents of the students of NDSU.


CLICK HERE to download the information and form.

"Creating Esonia", January 11 - 21, 2012

Memorial Union Gallery to showcase Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian houses with an environmental twist…”Creating Esonia”

North Dakota State University Architecture students research, reinterpret, and apply sustainability techniques to the work of Architectural Master Frank Lloyd Wright.  They showcase their 4’ X 4’ models of the designs at the MU Gallery.

The North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery will be hosting an exhibit that takes the work of the Architectural Master Frank Lloyd Wright and blends it with modern sustainability techniques and practices.  “Creating Esonia” is an exhibit displaying the mix of creative design and technical research in 4’ X4’ models of the reinterpretations.  Each model is accompanied by a presentation board explaining the research and how the original design can be more “green” without changing the original layout.  The title Esonia is a play on the term Usonia coined by Wright to refer to his vision of the landscape of America.  The E replaces the U in Usonian to reference the environmental considerations that the student projects have taken into account.

The “Creating Esonia” projects bring to mind ecological living, energy efficiency, and healthy environments.  These concepts are the cornerstones of modern sustainable design practices.  Frank Lloyd Wright was known for his organic designs with human scale in the early 1900’s.  The blend of Wright’s design with modern techniques provide a challenging but creative palette for the students to work from considering there is the constraint of not changing the layout.  This is a challenge that many homeowners today also have; therefore, the exhibit is not only artistic and creative, but also relevant to challenges that present themselves with existing buildings.

The models and presentation boards will be on display from January 11 to January 21.  Join us for a show that will enlighten you on the sustainable interpretation of the work of an American Architectural Master.  And, see the creativity and talents of the North Dakota State University Architecture Students!

Brise Soleil: Architecture and Sun, January 11 - 21

Memorial Union Gallery to host exhibit blending Architecture and Solar Geometry.

“Brise Soleil:  Architecture and Sun” is a design-build-demonstrate project in which sun shading devices are explored for both beauty and function.

The North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery will be hosting an exhibit that blends architecture and solar geometry.  “Brise Soleil”, which means sun breaker, showcases a project by fourth-year architecture students in which passive techniques are used to design and then model sunshading devices for testing of the function of controlling how far the sun goes into the building.  This is passive solar design which allows sun penetration in the winter for heating affects/reduce the need for heating and prevents it in the summer to minimize the heating affect/reduce the need for cooling.  Architectural Master of the early 20th Century, LeCorbusier stated, “It is the mission of modern architecture to concern itself with the sun.”  That is exactly what this project did.  The students are given a city/latitude and must make the shading device function to fully shade a south facing window at 3pm on June 21, half-shade the same window at 9am on September 21 and March 21, and fully expose the window at 12pm on December 21. 

Assistant Professor, David A. Crutchfield and two teaching assistants, Malini Foobalan and Gabriela Baierle, found the project to be an exciting exploration of design and the testing of that design with science.  Crutchfield shared, “This project offers our Architecture students the opportunity to demonstrate their acquired knowledge of the relation of solar geometry to design in a manner that is at once creative and pragmatic.  It requires students to design a scaleable structure corresponding to a complex set of celestial geometric criteria.  The feedback that I have received from students regarding this exercise has been invariably positive.  They always seem especially impressed when they finally get to see their own unique design within a context of the multitude of creative resolutions.” 

The project not only has a scientific approach that also must be creative and aesthetically pleasing, but it is on the cutting edge of design trends and design necessity.  Architecture and building technology trends employ increased use of passive principles in order to minimize the “active” mechanics of a building.  Using the sun to heat in the winter as well as prevent it from heating the building in the summer, decreases the need for large energy draining mechanical systems, thus lowering the cost of a building.  This project is artistic in nature, but also puts sustainability on the forefront of the scientific process. 

The models and presentation boards will be on display from January 11 to January 21.  An explanation of the process of “design-build-demonstrate” regarding passive design principles is also on display.  Join us for a chance to see wonderful examples of the use of built aesthetics to aid in the function of a building.  You’ll gain an appreciation for such structures and recognize their beauty and their practicality in the built world around you.  And, it is simply fun to see the creativity of the North Dakota State University Architecture Students!

Travis Beauchene Baccalaureate Show from December 1, 2011 – January 10, 2012

Travis Beauchene, MU Gallery employee and Visual Arts graduate exhibits his  Baccalaureate Show from December 1, 2011 – January 10, 2012 including a LIVE performance.

The Memorial Union Gallery is hosting an inter-disciplinary inspired exhibit created by Visual Arts Baccalaureate Student, Travis Beauchene in which he explores how the world would describe him in one word.  He does this as he changes his inward and outward appearance as well as absorb the character of the roles he plays…to get a reaction.   The observer becomes a participant and the participant affects Beauchene and his work.  It is a study in society, communication, psychology, as well as a diverse process employing an exploration in many forms of artistic expression – visual, auditory, and sensory.

The show captures the process in multiple media forms as Beauchene has a written nonfictional self narrative, 137 paintings, 2 charcoal portraits, 3 photo performances, 5 videos, and 1 live “happening”.  The show reception will be held on December 1, 2011 from 5-7pm and includes a musical performance that he composed for the show. 

Beauchene has been a long-time employee of the Memorial Union Gallery throughout his undergraduate career and has been instrumental in the hanging and maintenance of the artwork on campus.  As people take note of  the pieces throughout the campus and throughout the Memorial Union, it should be recognized that Travis Beauchene was a key component in making such works available in a quality manner to enhance the visual arts throughout NDSU.  He has been an advocate of collaboration and outreach for the Gallery throughout his student career.

    Join us in celebrating the diverse and multi-faceted talents of a North Dakota State University Student as he showcases a sensory summary of his undergraduate education and experience.  The exhibit runs from December 1, 2011 through January 10, 2012.

          The Memorial Union Gallery is located on the second floor of the Memorial Union directly above the bookstore.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Thursday 11am – 8pm, and Saturday 11am – 5pm.  If you have any questions about this show or the Memorial Union Gallery, please contact Esther Hockett, Gallery Director, at or Amy L. Nash, Graduate Assistant at 

 Check out the media coverage from WDAY with video.

Sculptural Wonderland, Carving Blocks of Snow

The Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University and the Plains Art Museum is collaborating with Professor Stevie Famulari of the Landscape Architecture Department  to bring a juried snow competition to the NDSU campus on the East side of the Memorial Union. “Snow designs are seasonal, spatial, interactive, ephemeral, and draw crowds of people,” Famulari said, “the lighting (day, night, and colored night lighting) changes the understanding of the design as well as people’s response to the design.”

Competitions such as these have been inspired by winter celebrations across the northern globe. It celebrates our winter season by creating large scale sculptures in teams of 2-4. Each team will create a design for a 5’ to 8’ square snow sculpture. Plans will be judged on November 15th on the basis of originality, materiality, context, form, medium, and ephemeral. Winning teams begin carving the massive blocks Monday, January 30, 2012 and goes through February 3, 2012.  

The Memorial Union Gallery will then host an exhibition of scale models and presentation boards to explain each structure.  A reception will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 from 4:30 – 6:30pm outside the Memorial Union.  Stories can be heard about the experience as we celebrate what makes us tough, makes us unique, and makes us strong – embracing 8’ of snow like we love it.

If you or your organization would like to get involved in a team, preparing for the event, cleanup of the event, and donations toward the project, please feel free to email Professor Stevie Famulari at or Esther Hockett at


Abby Zetocha, Jessie Sandmann, and Geoff Solomonson will be exhibiting their artwork November 14 – November 23, 2011

The Memorial Union Gallery is proud to host three Visual Arts Student Baccalaureate Shows.  Abby Zetocha, Jessie Sandmann, and Geoff Solomonson will have their work on display from November 14 – November 23, 2011.  They invite you to join them for a combined artist reception on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 6:00pm.  The show is a wonderful example of the talent and creativity that North Dakota State University students are able to display.

Abby Zetocha, Wahpeton, ND, titled her show The Lives We Weave.  She generates insightful views through creating portraits on a sweater for an intended relationship.  She finds a character or relationship that is humorous to her and she asks the wearer if they will participate.  If they agree, she makes the sweater without the other participant’s knowledge.  The unsuspecting participant only finds out about it when they see the other person with it on.  “To weave is to form a relationship with another…”, Zetocha states about her collection of pieces that make the relationships visible by having a person wear the face of another.

Jessie Sandmann, New Ulm, MN, titled her show Through the Glass.  She creates useable, functional artwork that portrays a feeling of comfort much like relaxing at the dining room table or reading on a bench somewhere.  Her inspiration is the urban environment, chance encounters with such mundane objects as dirty and cluttered storefront windows, brick walls, rusty pipes, graffiti, and garbage, etc.  Sandmann challenges herself as an artist to not limit herself to the “normal” way of looking at the world.  She states that she has an “…interest in unassuming imperfections of decay and condition…It’s more about confronting these imperfections and making them beautiful.”

Geoff Solomonson, Parshall, ND, titled his show  Urban Declination:  A Response and Reason for Reversal.  He intends to create an understanding about how we perceive structures and their purpose, maintenance, and usefulness as well as the human connection to the structures in their environments.  Solomonson states that “All humans have the ability to create and destroy.  It is up to those of us who design, use, interact, and inhabit the structures around us to use the power to responsibly create new as well as maintain that which can be maintained.”

The Memorial Union Gallery is located on the second floor of the Memorial Union directly above the bookstore.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Thursday 11am – 8pm, and Saturday 11am – 5pm.  If you have any questions about this show or the Memorial Union Gallery, please contact Esther Hockett, Gallery Director, at or Amy L. Nash, Graduate Assistant at


Abby Zetocha
Jessie Sandmann
Geoff Solomonson

Prairie Churches Exhibit - October 6 - November 5, 2011

The Memorial Union Gallery at NDSU is pleased to offer a third and final talk in conjunction with the Prairie Churches exhibit.  Our speaker for Wednesday, November 2nd  at 1p.m. is Rod Oppegard.  Rod is very knowledgeable about liturgical furniture and art in the ELCA church. He has a BA in history from VCSU and has over 15 years experience in documenting churches and their ephemera for the ELCA regional archive in St. Paul. He knows a lot about conducting field research, and just completed his first church documentation manual last year.

The “Prairie Churches” exhibit has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 at the Memorial Union Gallery above the NDSU Bookstore. We’ll be serving cookies and coffee.

Professor, Ronald M Ramsey, will be presenting a talk at the Memorial Union Gallery about historic architecture in North Dakota at 12:30pm on Thursday, October 27. Join us for a wonderful discussion of character, architectural styles, and local history in conjunction with the Prairie Churches exhibit. Refreshments will be served.

Preservation North Dakota, in conjunction with the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will display photographs from the “Prairie Churches” project.

The Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University is proud to host a traveling exhibit from October 6 – October 28, 2011 celebrating the strength and beauty of historic church buildings in North Dakota.  Preservation North Dakota, in conjunction with the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has worked on photo documenting and revitalizing these rural treasures.  The exhibit features photos of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Stories about each of the photos are available to allow viewers to get a sense of the history, details, and place.  The exhibit also has actual architectural components that were salvaged.

The Prairie Churches of North Dakota project is an innovative national pilot program designed to help rural communities revitalize their historic churches as centers of community life and culture.  The program is a partnership of historic preservation, religious, arts, and humanities organizations committed to drawing state and national attention to the plight of North Dakota’s rural churches, and to aid congregations in preserving, maintaining, and continuing to use their historic buildings. 

The photographs represent some of North Dakota’s rich legacy of ethnically and architecturally diverse historic places of worship.  They are also beloved historic landmarks and symbols of cultural heritage.  The exhibit calls attention to various styles of architecture such as Gothic Revival and Romanesque Revival as well as various ethnic influences such as Scandinavian, German and Polish.  Stained glass windows and altar art are shown along with social, ceremonial, and community traditions illustrating a sense of place, a sense of home, and heritage lost.

Jen Wilke, Director of Administration and Development for Preservation ND will be giving a talk on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:oopm about the exhibit and state-wide preservation projects.

Ron Ramsey, Architecture professor, will be giving a talk on architectural and cultural components on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 12:45pm.

Rod Oppegard, Historical Church Researcher, will be giving a talk on “Altar Art and Ecclesiastical Art Documentation” on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 1pm. 

Lifeways: A Journey Through Survival to Advocacy - October 7 – October 28, 2011

Lifeways:  A Journey Through Survival to Advocacy will be on display to bring awareness to stories of survival of abuse and sexual assault in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Award-Winning Photojournalist, Nobuko Oyabu will have an exhibit of work sponsored by the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services/Coalition Against Sexual Assault at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery.  The exhibit is titled  “Lifeways:  A Journey Through Survival to Advocacy” and is a photo essay featuring Native Americans from nations throughout North and South Dakota. 

The photos depict the journey of healing:  from victim to survivor to advocate.  The viewer will experience the interconnectedness of all living things, one being to another and one generation to the next.  Oyabu shows viewers that hurt of one is the hurt of all, and the honor of one is the honor of all.  The story begins with restoring the Sacred to all  their relationships, starting with the self, then the family, the community, their Nations and Humanity.

Oyabu strived to capture the spirit of the process of change as well as to highlight the individual stories that she encountered. She is a native of Japan and has a degree in Photojournalism from Columbia College Chicago.  Her work focuses on using her own experiences as well as photography to communicate with survivors on a level she had never imagined.  .  Her unique 20” X 16” photographs will be on display October 7 – October 28 in the Memorial Union Gallery. An exhibit reception will be held at noon on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 with a talk by Linda Isaakson, who worked with Oyabu.  Isaakson will share how and why the project was conducted in our state and the importance it has to create awareness via photojournalism.


Collect! Create! NDSU Faculty and Staff Show - Now through Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The show entitled “Collect! Create! NDSU Faculty and Staff Show” will be up at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery Aug. 23-Oct. 4. A reception for the show will be held at the gallery Sept. 15, from noon to 2pm.
The show currently features 29 artists/participants and includes a wide variety of art work and personal collections. The collections range from traditional to popular culture items as well as art work.
The idea of the show is to show how art, creating, and collecting help fuel interests and affects the participant’s personal, professional and academic life choices.
“The hope is that the students will get to connect with their leaders and gain a sense of inspiration through the art and collections in this show,” Gallery Coordinator Esther Hockett said.  

Download the Exhibit Catalogue Here

Artist talks September 30, Friday starting at 2:00 p.m.
- Brigit Pruess, Associate Professor, Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences
- Christina D Weber, Associate Professor, Sociology /Anthropology 

North Dakota Governor’s School Visual Arts Exhibit - Showing through Oct. 1, 2011

The North Dakota Governor’s School Visual Arts Exhibit is currently up at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery and will run through Oct. 1st. The exhibit consists of a number of pieces of art in various mediums, including printmaking, drawing, sculpting, and visual graphics that were created by students from the North Dakota Governor’s School program which was held June 5 to July 16 this summer.

This year there were 14 participants in the Visual arts section of Governor’s School, all of which have pieces in the exhibit at the NDSU MU Gallery.

These students include: Mick Benedict, Brooke Billadeau, Rachel Erickson, Suzanne Frenzel, Cole Hovind, Laura Kusler, Poyi Lai, Alexander Larson, Rebecca Opp, Layne Pfliiger, Alexandra Ptacek, Corin Reisenauer, Katherine Sand, and Ellie Simonson.

North Dakota Governor’s School is a six-week residential program for scholastically motivated North Dakota high school sophomores and juniors. Governor’s Schools offer high-quality, concentrated instruction from NDSU faculty through experiences, discussion groups, labs, field trips, and other activities.

There are several programs within Governor’s School, including Laboratory science, Mathematics, Informational Technology, English studies, Performing arts, and Visual arts. Performing arts and Visual arts are offered alternating years.

"Living A Sunflower", Exhibit by Seonjoo Cho - July 7 - 27, 2011

Exhibit from July 7 – 27, 2011. Reception: Thursday, July 7th from 6:00 – 7:30pm

“My art works began as an inquisitive journey into my past life. In the painterly documentation of my life, I tried to describe two themes. First, tension between self and power outside distorts me, making it difficult to be real me. Secondly, what makes life meaningful is not the achievement but the journey of agony and perseverance.”




Chuck Kimmerle’s exhibit The Unapologetic Landscape, June 3 - July 22

Chuck Kimmerle’s exhibit titled “The Unapologetic Landscape” will be in the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery June 3 through July 22. An artist reception date still has to be determined.

The 48-print exhibit is a study and exploration of the quiet, reticent and unassuming landscape of the northern plains, explained Kimmerle.

“My style is, in accordance with the land, intentionally straightforward and formal,” Kimmerle said. “It is my hope that the viewer will come away with an expanded appreciation for stillness and reticence and with an understanding that a spectacular vista holds no more visual value than do the supposedly “featureless” plains.”

Kimmerle has been a photographer since graduating from St. Cloud State University in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Photographic Engineering Technology. His initial career path, which lasted from 1985 until 2000, was as a newspaper photojournalist working in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota.

After leaving journalism Kimmerle took a position as the primary photographer at the Univ. of North Dakota, a job he held until late 2010 when he accompanied his wife to her new job in Casper, WY, where he currently freelances as an educational and corporate photographer.

All pieces in Kimmerle’s exhibit will be for sale in open editions.

This is a travelling show sponsored in part by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

"Reduction A Go-Go" Exhibit by Nancy Palmeri, Visiting Printmaker - June 3-July 1, 2011

PEARS visiting printmaker Nancy Palmeri will showcase her exhibit titled “Reduction A Go-Go” at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery June 3 through July 1. Palmeri’s exhibit is in conjunction with the 12th Annual Summer Printmaking Workshop hosted by NDSU’s Visual Arts and Pears Education and Research Studio (PEARS) Visiting Artist Program. The artist’s reception will take place June 7, from 12:30 pm to 2 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 1:15 p.m.

Palmeri’s work introduces students to single block color reduction woodcuts, with a focus on content and scale.

Palmeri has received several international honors for her prints and her prints have been included in several international and national venues as well.  Recently, Palmeri’s work was exhibited at the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Art (IMOGA), the Museo de Artes Contemporaneas Plaza, Bolivia, Proyecto’ace Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 

Palmeri is currently a Printmaking Associate Professor & Area Coordinator at The University of Nebraska.

The PEARS program promotes printmaking production, education and innovation in the Midwest. Directed by Kent Kapplinger, PEARS offers educational printmaking classes, workshops, artist residencies, internships and studio rental to qualified artists.

Three Baccalaureate Exhibits


Rich Thomasson’s  Baccalaureate show "CosmicJuJu"

Rich Thomasson’s  Baccalaureate show titled “”, will be up at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery  from May 11 through May 27 . An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, May 12, from 6-7 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m.

Thomasson, a Cavalier, N.D. native, is currently a Fargo based visual artist who specializes in experimental abstract screen printing and photography and is attending NDSU. Thomasson plans to graduate in May from NDSU with a Bachelors of Fine Arts.

 “My life is driven by curiosity and the love of experimentation, to the point where I get the feeling of stagnation if I am not continually learning or creating,” Thomasson said. “Cosmic JuJu is the current culmination of the work that has been born from this passion.”

Thomasson’s exhibit is composed of Photographs and Screen Prints (serigraphs) and some of the photographs are presented in three formats: the screen print, on metallic paper, and on aluminum.

“These prints are composed of dozens of colors layered on top of each-other in order to make my image more dynamic,” Thomasson said. “Because of the large sizes and number of colors, some of these prints took me more than six months to complete.”

More information about the work, the artist, and contact information can be found in


Maren Shallman’s Baccalaureate show titled You Can Never Say Too Many Thank Yous

Maren Shallman’s Baccalaureate show titled You Can Never Say Too Many Thank Yous will be up at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery April 27 through May 7. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, April 30, form 4-6 p.m.

Shallman, a Grand Forks native, is a senior attending NDSU for a bachelor of Fine Arts. She is emphasizing in both printmaking and ceramics and plans to graduate this May.

As a child, Shallman’s love for crafts made her decide that she would be an artist.  Working in a genuine craft mindset, she designs art pieces that are handmade and faith-inspired. Through her work, Shallman hopes to convey the same intimacy she feels while composing them.

“A friend once told me that her grandma got up every morning, and the first thing she did was write a thank you note.  What a perfect way to start the day,” Shallman said. “This last semester of school I decided for my final art piece I would write thank you notes to wonderful women in my life. Writing a thank you note to someone is a simple idea that means so much.  It is important to let people know that they are appreciated and loved, and it is so often overlooked.”

Shallman is hopeful that her wall of handwritten letters will encourage everyone who views them as well as remind everyone that they are indeed, blessed.

Brooke Stewart’s Baccalaureate show titled “Baccalaureate Show: Brooke Stewart

Brooke Stewart’s Baccalaureate show titled “Baccalaureate Show: Brooke Stewart”, will be up at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery April 27 through May 7. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, April 29, from 4-6 p.m.

Stewart, a Bismarck native, first attended Bismarck State College for an Elementary Education major but during her second semester at BSC, Stewart enrolled in a level one painting class where she discovered she wanted to pursue a career in art and so switched to an Associate in Arts, emphasizing in Visual Arts. In 2008, Stewart moved to Fargo to begin her journey to earning a Bachelor in Fine Art’s degree at NDSU along with her close friend and fellow artist, Beth Anton, who also had a Baccalaureate show at the MU Gallery last fall.

Stewart’s work depicts her learned ability to connect her faith with her artwork.

“This show is an extension of a heartbeat that goes deeper than my own, one that beat before any other, that values individuality,” Stewart said. “In a world where time is ongoing and the development of thought, knowledge, and success is unstoppable, the uniqueness created in each person is being tucked away; tucked into a divided nation of people in denominations encompassing the far left, the far right, the wealthy, and the starving. None of us are just another face in the crowd, and we are more than A Name, we are a well purposed and unique creation.”

After graduation Stewart hopes to develop more of her longing to reach out to people through missions work in the Fargo area and eventually hopes to attend Bethel Supernatural School of Ministry in Redding, CA.


Rich Thomasson’s  Baccalaureate show titled “"

Rich Thomasson’s  Baccalaureate show titled “”, will be up at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery  from May 11 through May 27 . An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, May 12, from 6-7 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m.

Thomasson, a Cavalier, N.D. native, is attending NDSU and is currently a Fargo based visual artist who specializes in experimental abstract screen printing and photography. Thomasson plans to graduate in May from NDSU with a Bachelors of Fine Arts.

 “My life is driven by curiosity and the love of experimentation, to the point where I get the feeling of stagnation if I am not continually learning or creating,” Thomasson said. “Cosmic JuJu is the current culmination of the work that has been born from this passion.”

Thomasson’s exhibit is composed of Photographs and Screen Prints (serigraphs) and some of the photographs are presented in three formats: screen prints, on metallic paper, and on aluminum.

“These prints are composed of dozens of colors layered on top of each-other in order to make my image more dynamic,” Thomasson said. “Because of the large sizes and number of colors, some of these prints took me more than six months to complete.”

More information about the work, the artist, and contact information can be found in or


Accelerate: Emerging Artists with Disabilities Exhibit, March 30-April 30, 2011

Reception at Memorial Union Gallery for 'Accelerate' and guest speaker LeDerick Horne, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6th @ 2:30

Please join us if you….

·        Have questions about the role of accommodations in working with postsecondary students with disabilities

·        Are striving to be part of the solution in retention of students with and without disabilities 

A severe learning disability (LD) combined with low self-esteem led LeDerick Horne to doubt he would be able to go to college or pursue a meaningful career.  Despite existing barriers, he became a successful spoken word poet, playwright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and advocate.  LeDerick has presented to groups from students and faculty at Harvard University to youth and staff at correctional facilities. His message addresses increasing confidence, academic performance, self-determination and self-advocacy by challenging conventional pedagogy and asking his audience to look beyond negative labels.          


VSA arts and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., have partnered for the eighth year to recognize and showcase a group of emerging artists with disabilities living throughout the United States. This year’s exhibit, entitled “Accelerate: Emerging Artists with Disabilities” will be at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery from March 30th through April 30th. A reception date has not yet been determined.

VSA arts sent out more than 20,000 calls for entry to high schools and colleges around the country. 15 recipients were selected from 236 submissions and were awarded a total of $60,000 from the Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Participants were asked to consider the source of their artistic motivations and were encouraged to contemplate the relationship between life, art and disability for this year’s show. The art medium this year varies; including sculpture, drawing and painting.

For more information on the Accelerate exhibit or VSA arts visit 

Rosenquist Visiting Artist James Sham’s "Melody Melee", April 1-16

An example of James Sham's artwork is at

The focus of Mr. Sham’s work is to create interactions within the public sphere.  He is interested in producing and/or setting the stage for specific interpersonal actions, which often lead into mistranslations and unanticipated meanings.  This relationship is captured as video, performance, installation, photography, or sculpture.   At NDSU, Mr. Sham will teach a seminar course and his residency will culminate with an exhibition and donation of a piece of artwork to the James Rosenquist Artist Residency Collection.  Additional information about Mr. Sham can be found online at

Mr. Sham holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has taught at Rice University, Houston, TX; and is a visiting critic at the University of Houston.  His work has been exhibited at the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA; Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY; Kunstprojects, Berlin, Germany; Appetite Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA, to name a few.  In addition to the James Rosenquist Residency award, Mr. Sham has been awarded graduate fellowship awards, the Wolfenden Fine Arts Award, Dartmouth College; and a Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University.

The James Rosenquist Artist in Residency Program for Visual Arts at NDSU honors James Rosenquist.  Born in Grand Forks, ND, Rosenquist is considered one of the greatest living artists of the Pop Art movement of North America.  His work and career are internationally known.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate from North Dakota State University in May 2005.

NDSU introduced the James Rosenquist Artist in Residency Program in 2006 with its inaugural artist, Hedi Schwobel, of Ludwigburg, Germany.  One of her artistic installations included sculpted salt blocks placed in area pastures with cattle near Casselton and Leonard, N.D.  The second artist in residence, sculptor Jonathan Pellitteri, used his experience as a mason and carpenter to create artwork that included various mediums and processes representing his observations of the world around him.  The 2009 artist in residence, Min Kim Park, explored issued revolving around gender, ethnicity and identity using multimedia performances.  Last year’s artist, Michael Namkung, used video to capture kinesthetic drawing experiments that use the physicality of ones body as the medium.

Artists participating in the residency program often integrate NDSU students and community members into the artistic process while in Fargo.

“The thriving Rosenquist Artist in Residency Program has brought international artists to campus over the past three years, providing additional learning options for NDSU students, as well as high school students, alongside activities with the regional arts community,” said Philip Boudjouk, vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer, which funds the program.


The Clothesline Project Exhibit, Tuesday, April 5 - Friday, April 8

The Clothesline Project  exhibit will be on display in the North Dakota State University  Memorial Union Gallery starting Tuesday, April 5, and will run through  Friday, April 8. The exhibit is sponsored by NDSU Greek Life, Sexual Assault Prevention Programs, Student Activities, the Memorial Union Gallery, and Women & Gender Studies.

A group of women from Cape Cod, MA first started the Clothesline Project in 1990. The intent of the program is to provide a vehicle for women who have been affected by sexual and relationship violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirt is then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.

It is estimated that there are about 500 projects nationally and internationally. All shirts on display at the Clothesline Project at NDSU were made by individuals from the NDSU community.

If you would like to contribute a shirt to the Clothesline Project please contact

The shirts in the Clothesline Project are color coded to show the form of abuse and whether the victim survived the abuse they experienced. The color code is as follows:

·      White represents women who died because of violence

·      Yellow or beige represents battered or assaulted women

·      Red, pink, and orange are for survivors of rape and sexual assault

·      Blue and green t-shirts represent survivors of incest and sexual abuse

·      Purple or lavender represents women attacked because of their sexual orientation

·      Black is for women attacked for political reasons

Because the Clothesline Project can sometimes evoke strong feelings in viewers, volunteers will be near-by to answer any questions about the display and direct viewers to any needed resources.

Gallery hours are 11:00 am - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 p.m.

Betty LaDuke Exhibit “Dreaming of Cows Mural Project", March 1 - 26, 2011

Kosovo: The Cow's Name is Nora, 2006

An exhibit by Betty LaDuke titled “Dreaming of Cows Mural Project” will be at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery starting Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The exhibit will run through Saturday, March 26, 2011. A reception will be held on Thursday March 10, 2011 from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit, consisting of 22 original paintings, was inspired by LaDuke’s trips to see Heifer International projects around the world in developing countries such as Cambodia, Ecuador, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, Uganda and Vietnam.

LaDuke is an avid supporter of Heifer International, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and saving the earth by providing livestock, trees, agricultural training and values-based community development to aid poor families around the globe in their quest to be self-reliant.

Under Heifer International’s mission, families may receive an animal which will help feed farmers and the community. When the animal is bred, the families will remain responsible for passing on the “gift” of enabling another family to do the same by donating one or more of their animals’ offspring.

LaDuke was born to parents who emigrated from villages in Ukraine and Poland. Her artistic path started when she was nine years old at the Worker’s Children’s Camp where she was first introduced to African American art and Mexican mural painting.

LaDuke attended Denver University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, and then traveled to Mexico in 1953 to study at the Instituto Allende. There, LaDuke explored expressionism, cubism, and pre-Columbian Aztec and Mayan art. LaDuke left the Instituto Allende after a year but continued to work in Mexico for another two years. During that time she painted murals in Otomi Indian villages for an organization sponsored by the United Nations and the Mexican government.

For more information about LaDuke or the “Dreaming of Cows Mural Project” visit

Women Week Art Exhibit "Going Global" Tuesday, March 1, through Saturday, March 26

Memorial Union Art Gallery will host the annual NDSU Women’s Week art exhibit titled "Going Global" This year’s exhibit theme is global images.

The exhibit is part of the Annual NDSU Women’s Week celebration, which runs from March 7-11 this year. NDSU Women’s Week has been an annual event for more than 26 years and has sponsored the exhibit since 2005.

The Women’s Week exhibit is a non-juried exhibition with no entry fees and is open to NDSU female students and alumna. Participants do not have to be art majors to enter and can enter up to two pieces of art in any medium depending on the availability of space.

A reception is planned for Thursday, March 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Memorial Union Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

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Accepting Applications for NDSU Women's Week Art Exhibit - March 1-26 2011

The ‘Going Global’ exhibit, in collaboration with NDSU Women’s Week celebration March 7 – 11, recognizes and encourages alumna artists and female student artists.

The Details

NDSU Women’s Week Art Exhibit is a non-juried exhibition with no entry fees, open to all NDSU female students and alumna. Participants do not need to be students in the visual arts curriculum. Artists may enter two artworks in any medium, depending on availability of space. Entries will be accepted on a first-come basis. The Women’s Week Art Exhibit Committee reserves the right to refuse any artwork deemed inappropriate for this exhibit.

The Application Process & Deadlines

All entry applications must be submitted on or before Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

·        Entry applications will be acknowledged promptly via email.

·        Submit entry applications via email to ndsu.mugallery OR

·        Submit entry applications in person at the Memorial Union Gallery

Gallery hours are 11:00-5:00 Tuesday- Saturday; 11:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday.

Artwork must be received at the Gallery by 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 26. Installation will begin at 3:00 P.M.

Artwork may be removed from the Gallery Tuesday, March 29-Saturday, April 2, 2011. Work left without arrangements after April 2 may become the property of the Memorial Union Gallery.

The Presentation of your Artwork

Artwork must be ready to install.  Framed two-dimensional pieces must have hanging wires; sawtooth hangers or tab hangers are unacceptable.  Installation pieces, heavy or fragile pieces must be installed by the artist. Concerns? Call 701 231 8239.

The Sales

The practice of the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery is to take a 30% commission of sales in the Gallery. If your artwork is not for sale, please mark NFS on the entry application.

The Reception

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union Gallery, above the NDSU Bookstore. All artists are encouraged to attend, as are friends and family. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Gallery staff will make nametags for artists whose work is in the show.

Entry forms - Click here to download the Entry Application

Forms are available at the Renaissance Hall front desk, the Memorial Union Gallery, on request from Complete the entry forms; keep one for yourself;  return the application to, to the Memorial Union Gallery front desk or fax to 701 231 7866 on or before Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

Student Juried Art Show Selections

"Paper Apples", Changmin Lee
"Sink", Sam Schultz
"Cow Skull", Arthur Bowling

The annual NDSU Student Juried Art Show is here once again with a total of 37 accepted entry pieces, the top pieces have yet to be determined. The show will be up at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery until Feb. 24. A reception will take place on Jan 27, from 4-6 p.m.

The show contains a variety of mediums ranging from sculptures to paintings, and everything in between.

The Student Show juror was David Lewellyn from Bismarck State College.

Lewellyn determined the winners as follows:

·      1st place (Best of Show): Paper Apples by Changmin lee

·      2nd place: Sink by Sam Schultz

·      3rd place: Cow Skull by Arthur Bowling

·      Honorary Mention: Stop-motion video “The Inevitable Life Cycle of a Piece of Gum.” by Rosalin Kelly 

Some of the pieces in the show are for sale, while others are here for the public to enjoy. There is even an interactive exhibit piece where individuals can get their picture taken with original clay statues.

NDSU Student Juried Art Show at the MU Gallery

Fargo, N.D.-The annual NDSU Student Juried Art Show is here once again with a total of 37 accepted entry pieces, the top pieces have yet to be determined. The show will be up at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery until Feb. 24. A reception will take place on Jan 27, from 4-6 p.m.

The show contains a variety of mediums ranging from sculptures to paintings, and everything in between.

The Student Show juror was David Lewellyn from Bismarck State College.

Some of the pieces in the show are for sale, while others are here for the public to enjoy. There is even an interactive exhibit piece where individuals can get their picture taken with original clay statues.

Beth Anton Baccalaureate Show: Memory as a Memorial - Jan. 8-15, 2011

Artist Statement

My work focuses on relationships and the memories that come out of those experiences. As a people, we were created to be relational, to cherish and nurture those around us. It brings me joy to visually express the uniqueness of my relational experiences and memories. So often I find myself unable to recall every detail of a day, or even an hour for that matter, but there are those profound moments I experience with others that are truly imperishable.

A fascination with age, time, and significance of human existence fuel my art and curiosity. I desire for my pieces to act like the wrinkles on an old man’s face; a physical landmark of time, experience and growth. Through combining form, surface, and concept my pieces explore the evidence that makes us human.

Insight Into "Memory as a Memorial"

Over the past year I have continuously analyzed memories that have had a profound impact on my life. In an ongoing exploration, “Memory as a Memorial,” I am using the construct of memory to act as a memorial for my grandfather’s life and death.

This installation encompasses multiple mediums and techniques I enjoy, including sculpture, ceramics, screen-printing, and photography. My work focuses on texture, layers and translucency. I delight in composing a space that includes and encompasses the viewer.

Artist Biography


As a child in North Dakota I spent multiple hours scribbling on anything I could find, including the family couch. From an early age I found making things and communicating through visual elements to be a natural response.

In 2008 I graduated from Bismarck State College with my Associates of Arts shortly after transferred to North Dakota State University to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In thinking about the future I remind myself that everyday I am alive is a gift. I plan to pursue a Masters in Naturopathy and will continue to push my artistic passions the rest of my life.


NDSU Student Juried Art 2010 Exhibit

Display the artist within at the MU Gallery!

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Contrast: Vanessa C. Mardaus & Elizabeth A. Johnson, Nov 24 - Dec 15, 2010

Starting Nov. 24, the Baccalaureate Exhibition of Vanessa C. Mardaus & Elizabeth A. Johnson, titled “CONTRAST: a striking exhibition of unlikeness”, will be showcased in the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery above the NDSU bookstore. The exhibit will run through Dec. 15 with a reception planned for Dec. 4, from 4-6 p.m.; artist talks start at 4:30 p.m.

Mardaus, a Minneapolis, M.N. native, began her college career as an Interior Design major before switching to an Art Major. Mardaus draws inspiration from Hofmann and Pollock along with her personal desire to create art without restraint when working on her pieces. She has a passion for art and architectural history and plans to travel to France as a missionary through Campus Crusades for Christ after graduation.

“Through the use of various colors to create gestural, spontaneous paintings, I continue to explore color’s ability to illustrate energy and action,” Mardaus said. “My work is about the simple act of creating; allowing the paint to explore the canvas.”

Johnson, a Austin, M.N. native, earned her Associates of Arts degree from Riverland Community College in 2008 before transferring to NDSU as an Interior Design major with a minor in Visual Arts, she soon changed to a Visual Arts Major with a minor in Public Relations and Advertisement. Much of Johnson’s inspiration stems from the outdoors and nature. She tries to find beauty and excitement in the ordinary through her artwork.

“My drawing is a form of self-expression, a vehicle for acknowledging and appreciating ordinary, everyday moments in life,” Johnson said. “I encourage my viewers to consider what moments in their lives would be worth rendering. Appreciate the world around you and those who have greatly impacted your life in the simplest of ways.”

Various pieces involving the use of acrylic and charcoal will be displayed by both artists. 



Jamestown native Anne Greenwood will exhibit her show titled “Winter Count: A 40-Year Calendar of Events” starting Oct. 6, at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery.

Greenwood’s autobiographical embroidery and portfolio of prints will be up through Oct. 30. A Reception Date has not yet been decided.

Winter Counts were historic calendars used by the Plains Indians to record time pictographically. Greenwood’s exhibit is an artist’s interpretation of the Sioux tradition to record a personal history using hand-stitched embroidery and letterpress printing.

“I stitched an image from each year of my life to create this personal history,” Greenwood said. “I began this project to mend my postpartum struggles after my second daughter was born.”

The embroideries in the print portfolio are printed from hand-processed photopolymer plates on a Vandercook Universal III by Inge Bruggeman at Textura Letterpress Printing (Portland, Oregon). By scanning the pieces of fabric, a unique translation of each embroidery was made into print form. Each image is printed in an edition of thirty copies and each image is printed in a different color, matching the thread in the original sewn imagery.

“The history and tradition of women and handwork entered my life as a strange but intuitive connection - bridging a gap I was previously unable to fill,” Greenwood said. “Through handwork I was able to create a personal narrative that has joined my life as an artist to that as a mother. My mother taught me to stitch as a child as her mother taught her.”

Greenwood graduated from Jamestown High School and went on to attend Moorhead State University, the University of Oregon in Eugene and the Glasgow School of art, graduating in 1990.

In 2006 Greenwood began an autobiographical project called Winter Count. Upon finishing this large embroidery installation, Anne received a 2008 Individual Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Since that time she has also received a Professional Development Grant from RACC and a Career Development Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Greenwood was also an artist in residency at Cedar Crest College in Allentown,

Pennsylvania where she made a small book called Blue Fields of Wheat.

“Spirit Trails and Sky Beings: Mythical Scrolls of the Ojibway Nation” by Anthony Richard LaFromboise - Oct. 6-30

Starting Oct. 6, Ojibway traditionalist Anthony Richard LaFromboise’s exhibit featuring stories scribed on birch bark scrolls will be on display at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery. The exhibit will run through Oct. 30. A reception date has yet to be announced.

LaFromboise is an Ojibway traditionalist from the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. He is one of only a few individuals remaining known as the “Keepers of the Scrolls.” His exhibit is a significant step in the preservation and continuation of this very rare tradition.

The tradition of storytelling is said by the Ojibway to have begun with the spirit Diibajimad, who taught a half-spirit, half-mortal being called Nanabosho. Nanabosho, in turn, taught mortals. Since then the tradition has passed from generation to generation through the memory aid of scrolls used to correctly and completely relay these narratives through an elaborate series of symbols called pictographs.

In addition to being a storyteller and scroll maker, LaFromboise is a birch bark basket maker, bead worker, dancer, singer, and basswood & cedar fiber bag maker.

With a BA in Social Work or Counseling from the University of Montana-Missoula and a MA in Education from the University of North Dakota, LaFromboise wishes to work with schools and projects that involve a social and educational component.

Many of the themes of the stories featured in LaFromboise’s exhibit involve issues of concern among children and families of today such as self-esteem and loneliness.

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At the Bottom of Everything: Prints by Eric A. Johnson - Sept. 1-Oct. 2

Where it ends, Relief Print 2009, 14.75" x 33.25"
Tree #1 - At The Bottom of Everything, Relief Print 2005, Dimensions - 24" x 18"

Printmaking exhibit by Eric A. Johnson to come to NDSU MU Gallery

 Fargo, N.D., (Aug. 11, 2010) - North Dakota Native Eric A. Johnson’s exhibit “At the Bottom of Everything: Printmaking by Eric A. Johnson” will be showcased in the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery Sept. 1st through Oct. 2nd. The exhibit encompasses about twelve years of work and about 60 individual prints. 

An opening reception will take place Sept. 2nd from 4-6 p.m. with a closing reception on Oct. 1st from 4-6 p.m.

“I use both the city and the tree to represent the anxiety, as well as other emotions associated with life changes and events common to everyone, such as birth, death, relationships, and disease,” Johnson said. “When I am printing I often spend hours at a time thinking about life, listening to music, and pondering reality.”

Johnson graduated from Chaffee High School in 1997. Johnson received his B.S. degree from North Dakota State University in 1997 and in 1998 he began his studies at the University of North Dakota’s Master’s of Fine Arts program, studying under Brian Paulson, Patrick Luber, and printmaker Kim Fink.

Johnson received his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of North Dakota in 2001.

Johnson has been involved with the P.E.A.R.S. (printmaking education and research studio) program at NDSU since 1999, where in 2005 he became an intern with the program under the guidance of the Master Printer, Kent Kapplinger.

Johnson continues to do his printmaking and assists the Master Printer, Kent Kapplinger with the studio, classes, and shop duties.

In 2009 and 2010 Johnson served as Master Printer himself, editioning reduction relief prints for Canadian painter Ken Dalgarno and artist Star Wallowing Bull.


ARTS DAKOTA exhibit coming to NDSU, July 8 to August 27


More than 60 artists responded to a call to participate in a statewide exhibition celebrating the arts in North Dakota. Hailing from all corners of the state, visual artists, writers, musicians and videographers submitted work to be included in the exhibition called "ARTS DAKOTA." The exhibit will be at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery July 8 to Aug. 27. A Closing reception will take place Thursday, Aug. 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery will be open till 8 p.m. 

The North Dakota Art Gallery Association, New Bohemia, N.D., and the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) sponsored this exhibition to celebrate the Council’s 40th Anniversary. The exhibition and its tour were made possible by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the North Dakota State Historical Society.

Focusing exclusively on North Dakota artists, the exhibit showcases many of North Dakota’s finest creative personalities, both professional and amateur.

Visitors to the exhibit can view paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, wood carving, printmaking and read the stories, listen to songs and see video clips. Participating artists make their homes in large and small towns from Beach to Park River, N.D.

Catherine Chauvin, “Contemporary Landscapes” - June 5 through July 2

The Stump Battle After Ucello

Catherine Chauvin, Tamarind trained master printer and Head of Printmaking at the University of Denver, will display her “Contemporary Landscapes” exhibit at the Memorial Union Gallery June 5 through July 2. A reception for the show is set for Tuesday, June 8, from noon to 1 p.m.

The exhibit will feature about 20 prints and drawings relating to trees that have either been cut down or modified.

“My newest work has been centered on larger ideas of loss and the fact that nature is fighting battles that we are not a part of – battles where our participation is not part of the equation, only our reactions after things have been set in motion,” Chauvin said. “Fields of stumps have been meticulously drawn and redrawn and committed to print in my work. The culprit in these images is not people – it is pine bark beetles. People are reacting, cutting trees to protect property from forest fires and the further spread of this infestation, which is changing mountain landscapes drastically. Obviously, I’m not a scientist, but an artist who hopes to use a visual forum to address concerns in a visual way.”

Chauvin said it all started with the pine bark beetle and that she wanted to talk about the destruction and logging in a less disturbing way. “The exhibit is more of an abstract environmental aspect to the logging in and around the mountain area close to where I live,” Chauvin said.

She uses printmaking to examine what is done to the environment in the name of progress.  Her work uses historical battle maps (like Gettysburg) to pit trees versus stumps – the idea exploring what battles nature is fighting without human knowledge or ability to intervene.

Chauvin also will present a Summer Printmaking Workshop "Lithography: 24/7” in Fargo from June 7-18. The NDSU Visual Arts/PEARS “Visiting Artist Program” will sponsor the workshop and will explore the idea of ‘messages’ through stone and polyester-plate lithography plus trace monotype.

“A lot of the processes we will go through during the workshop related to my Contemporary Landscapes exhibit because some of the same processes were used in the show,” Chauvin said.

Chauvin trained at the prestigious Tamarind institute earning Master Printer Certification, after receiving her Masters in Fine Arts in printmaking at Syracuse University in 1991.

As a master printer, she has collaborated with many artists including Jaune Quick-to-see-Smith, William Wiley, Enrique Chagoya and Gladys Nilsson in New Mexico, Texas and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, where she was the master printer in residence 1998-2000.

Chauvin’s work has been published internationally, notably an exhibition that travelled to Cairo, Egypt - organized by Karen Kunc at the University of Nebraska. Her work also was included in the Christchurch Arts Festival 2009 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Chauvin is currently an assistant professor and head of the print program at the University of Denver, School of Art & Art History, Denver, CO. Formerly she was Master Printer and director of (P.R.I.N.T. Press) print shop in the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas in Denton where she also taught printmaking courses.

Ewa Tarsia’s exhibit, “Absolute Dot” - June 8 through July 2

Orange Red, 36"x36"

The North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery will showcase Ewa Tarsia’s exhibit titled “Absolute Dot” from June 8 through July 2. The exhibit will feature both monoprints and relief paintings.

Tarsia is a polish born artists who became a Canadian citizen in 1995. Tarsia works in diverse media include painting, sculpture, tapestry, landscape design, and drawing; she is known internationally as a printmaker. The success of her artistic career in Canada was celebrated in June 2007 when she was officially inducted into the Royal Academy of Arts.

The Absolute Dot exhibition represents the evolution of Tarsia’s printmaking into personal techniques that meld the actual lucite printing plate into relief paintings on canvas.

Formally trained in painting and sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Poland, Tarsia began printmaking when she arrived in Winnipeg in 1991. For the past fourteen years, she has been working full time as a printmaker and painter. Her specific area of interest, monoprinting, involves the creation of a one-of-akind image on a smooth surface such as Plexiglas that is eventually transferred onto paper.

“My work reflects the intimacy I share, and have always shared with landscape forms, abstract textures, color, shape, and light. My sensitivity to these elements and larger arenas of life and nature is translated through the medium of printmaking and painting,” Tarsia said. “In this artistic language I am able to animate my perceptions and explore the transience of time, the character of night and day, and memories of past seasons.”

As a printmaker, Tarsia is part of a tradition of artists who acknowledge that their plates—the pieces of metal, plastic, wood and linoleum that they print from—are the true objects of their affection. Covered with marks, lines and subtle traces of color, printing plates are often as interesting as the images pulled from them. Each plate is visually complex, offering a fully active and engaged surface that, once transformed into sculpture, reveals both the artist’s obsessive process and the beauty that motivates her to continue.

As an environmentalist, Tarsia sees the irony of using plastic and paper to create images that celebrate the beauty of the natural world. “It reflects our society,” she says of the work. “Plastic is everywhere.”

Tarsia has showed in international print biennials in Spain, France, Poland, Austria, United States, England, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Recently, Tarsia was included in the New York’s International Print Center’s NEW PRINTS 2008/Summer. 

Ari Gurkanlar baccalaureate art show for May 19-28

North Dakota State University senior Ari Gurkanlar has planned his baccalaureate art show for May 19-28 at the Memorial Union Art Gallery. Gurkanlar, a Minneapolis native, will display his show “Who Arted” in partial fulfillment of his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the visual arts. A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“To me, my art is an extension of my mind and heart. It is literally my thoughts and emotions and beliefs spilling out onto the paper or canvas into the form of tangible color, shape and form,” Gurkanlar said.

The exhibit consists of 36 drawings and paintings depicting social issues in the interpretation of comic-style pop art. Gurkanlar found his inspiration in pop artists like Roy Liechtenstein and James Rosenquist, as well in many comic book artists like John Krickfalusi, Jim Davis, Seth MacFarlane, Joe Murray and Carl Greenblatt. “Their use of color, bold forms and straight-on composition is what intrigues me the most in creating my own style of this art,” Gurkanlar said.

Gurkanlar plans to attend the UCLA Animation Workshop Master of Fine Arts program in Los Angeles in September.

For more information, contact the Memorial Union Gallery at (701) 231-7900

Michael Namkung, 2010 James Rosenquist Artist in Residence Exhibit May 5-14

Michael Namkung, 2010 James Rosenquist Artist in Residence, has planned an exhibit at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery from May 5-14.  An artist reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Namkung performs kinesthetic drawing experiments that use the physicality of his body as the medium. An amateur athlete, he uses his training regimen to inform his creative research, which he defines as “an exploration of what happens when the activity of drawing is infused with the language of athletic training.” Through video, performance, installation, and audience participation, Namkung investigates questions of process, materiality and perception, specifically in terms to their relationship to the body. 

“My work seeks to disturb lines that are categorically drawn and questions the stability of the contours we embody and by which we limit ourselves,” Namkung said. “In drawing under duress, I aim to agitate the edges and breach these boundaries and to explore a state of consciousness that is rooted in the body.”  

In his exhibit, Namkung will display video, sound and drawings from four exercise experiments that he conducted while at NDSU. During the past weeks, Namkung designed physically rigorous drawing activities with more than 100 individuals participating. 

The James Rosenquist Artist in Residency Program honors James Rosenquist, internationally known artist of the Pop Art movement. Rosenquist was born in Grand Forks, N.D. and received an honorary doctorate from NDSU in May 2005. For more information, contact the Memorial Union Gallery at


Schaffer's exhibit is a collection of collages that include an arrangement of silver gelatin prints and digitally manipulated photographs arranged to portray the human body in a cubism inspired display.

North Dakota State University senior Geoff Schaffer, originally from Buffalo Lake, Minn., will display his baccalaureate show at the NDSU Memorial Union Art Gallery from May 5-14. A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, at 2 p.m.

Schaffer's exhibit is a collection of collages that include an arrangement of silver gelatin prints and digitally manipulated photographs arranged to portray the human body in a cubism inspired display. The photographs represent Schaffer's friends, family and acquaintances. Stencil Art will surround the collages.

"The project was inspired by a fusion of cubism, portrait photographers, street artists, and installation pieces both in galleries and public spaces." Schaffer says. "The idea began as an attempt to photograph a human with a look at the diverse facets of personalities, characteristics and physicality,. Rather than cluttering the walls with other photos, I decided to incorporate my interest in street art (mainly stencil art) to create ties between the complexity of the portraits and the environment of a gallery."

Schaffer focused on the characteristics of the human form and abstraction to challenge the perception that photography is a medium of absolutes and to bring it outside of its traditional frames. "It is my philosophy that art should not be a static construct set aside and isolated with an environment, but rather each piece of art should be engaged by and with its environment, including the viewer, to enhance the world beyond its frame," he said.

Schaffer is majoring in art with a minor in public relations and advertising. 

Calysta Swor’s baccalaureate exhibit - April 21-May 1, 2010

The baccalaureate exhibit “Fishing in the Doldrums” by Calysta Swor will be on display at the Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University until May 1. Swor, a native of Alexandria, Minn., is a senior at NDSU pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film photography and sculpture. The exhibit features 28 black and white photographic images suspended from the ceiling. 

Swor began college as a music business major at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, but found her calling as a visual artist after taking her first art class in 2006. Influenced by her art professors, Swor began studying film photography and sculpture. She moved to Fargo in 2007 to attend NDSU.

Swor plans to pursue a master's degree and hopes to become a college professor.

A reception and a brief artist talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Memorial Union Gallery.

Photojournalism Exhibit "Through My Eyes, My Life in Costa Rica" - March 31 - May 1

Maria Socorro Pamino, "Love Through the Curtain"
Yudi Pulido, "A New Life"
Yudi Pulido, "Columbian Berraquera"

The NDSU Memorial Union Art Gallery will feature Morea D. Steinhauer’s master's thesis in photojournalism about Colombian Refugees in Costa Rica from March 31 until May 1. The exhibit is titled "Through my eyes, my life in Costa Rica."

According to Steinhauer’s book, “Through my eyes, my life in Costa Rica,” the goal of her project was to analyze the impact of photojournalism as a research method. The project was sponsored by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Asociacion de Consultores y Asesores Internacionales (ACAI).

Seventeen Costa Rican Colombian refugees were selected randomly by ACAI to participate in a six-week workshop. Participants were taught basic concepts and principles of the design of photography, light, texture and movement. At the beginning of the workshop, each participant was provided with a digital camera and instructed to take photos of anything they liked as long as it revolved around three questions of the study: What is your life in Costa Rica like? What is good about your life? What should change?

Each participant also kept a journal during the project. Their reflections were later used as part of the photo descriptions presented in Steinhauer’s book.

The exhibit contains 45 images and reflections there were self selected by the participants to be shared with the Costa Rican community in the form of an exhibit to celebrate the 2009 International Refugee Day. 

Green Light - A Juried Exhibition of Emerging Artists with Disabilities

© 2008 April Dill, Dark Inspired, oil on canvas (45” x 45”)
© 2008 Emily Eifler, Pili, fiber sculpture of yarn and polyester stuffing (24" x 24" x 24")

The North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery will showcase a traveling art exhibit, titled “Green Light-Artists with Disabilities,” from March 2 through April 17. The show is co-sponsored by Volkswagen, the Memorial Union Gallery and the NDSU Office of Disability Services.

This is the eighth exhibit that the VSA arts and Volkswagen Group of American, Inc., have created to help recognize and showcase emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25,who are living in the United States.

VSA arts in an international nonprofit organization that was founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1974, in order to create a society where people with disabilities could learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts; for more information visit

More than 20,000 calls for entry to high schools and colleges around the country were sent out, inviting submissions that illustrate the theme “Accelerate.” Out of 236 submissions, 15 individuals were awarded a total of $60,000, generously provided by Volkswagen Group of America Inc. on Sept. 17, during a reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

According to VSA arts, “the exhibit features the many personal reasons to accelerate the desire to create, to better understand, to investigate and discover, to escape, to hone attention and skill, to reflect on memory or to express emotion”.

The top three finalists out of the 15 winners of the 2009 Volkswagen/VSA arts annual program include:

·       Grand Prize Winner Niamh Butler, age 20, from Montrose, New York

·       First Place Winner Marie Fuchs, age 17, from Astoria, New York

·       Second Place Winner Sae V Lee, age 21, from Providence, Rhode Island

A reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

About VSA arts: Affiliates Worldwide
VSA arts, an international non profit organization celebrating the power
of the arts have made in the lives of individuals with disabilities. We
offer a wide range of educational programming and events both nationally
and through our vast international affiliate network.

The exhibition is organized by VSA arts, an affiliate of the Kennedy Center, and spnonsored by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc, NDSU Memorial Union Gallery and NDSU Office of Disability Services. 

Women's Week Art Exhibit - March 2 - March 27

Starting Tuesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 27, the NDSU Memorial Union Art Gallery will host the annual NDSU Women’s Week art exhibit titled "Rebels: Creating, Sustaining, Enraging." This year’s exhibit theme is “Rebel, Rebel.”

The exhibit is part of NDSU Women’s Week celebration, which runs from March 1-5 and also is in conjunction with NDSU’s Visual Arts Program. NDSU Women’s Week has been an annual event for more than 25 years. NDSU Women’s Week has sponsored the exhibit since 2005.

The exhibit is a non-juried exhibition with no entry fees and is open to NDSU female students and alumna. Participants do not have to be art majors to enter and can enter up to two pieces of art in any medium. For entry information, click here.

A percentage of the proceeds from the artist’s artwork that sells will go to the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead.

The exhibit also will pay tribute to female artists throughout history, such as Georgia O’Keefe who will be the featured female artist at this year’s exhibit.

A reception is planned for Tuesday, March 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Memorial Union Gallery.

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Student Juried Art Show - Jan. 14 to Feb. 24

"Homage to Henry Moore", Adam Roeder, Bronze
"Extraction 3", Kris Kuster, Watercolor Collage

North Dakota State University student art will be on display at the Memorial Union Gallery from Jan. 14 to Feb. 24 in the second annual student juried art show at the current gallery location above the bookstore. The show features 31 original pieces of various mediums created by 23 student artists during the past year.

Rusty Freeman, juror for the exhibit, was formerly the director of exhibitions and chief curator of the Plains Art Museum. He served as curator for three major art exhibitions featuring local artists. He now works in Mount Vernon, Ill., as director of visual arts at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Freeman earned a Master of Arts in History of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He specialized in modern and contemporary art.

Freeman awarded Best of Show to Kris Kuster from Reynolds, N.D., for his watercolor and collage titled “Extraction 3.” Second place was given to Adam Roeder of Bismarck, N.D., for his bronze sculpture titled “Homage to Henry Moore.” There were two honorable mentions awarded to Anna Johnson of Bismarck, N.D., for “Jack Rabbits,” and to Joshua Zeis of Langdon, N.D., for “The Burden and the Stable.”

“The students submitted a diversity of media and content,” said Esther Hockett, gallery coordinator. “Visitors to the Gallery will find whimsy and social commentary, edgy digital images and traditionally influenced sculpture.”

The exhibit also includes pieces of various mediums including digital media, paintings, ceramics, photography and sculpture.

An opening reception will be held in the Memorial Union Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Susan Heggestad, Visiting Artist Exhibition, through February 24

Layered Calm, 2008. Collagraph

Ms. Heggestad will present a workshop for NDSU art students on collagraph,
a collage printmaking technique, January 15-16 at Renaissance Hall. Hours
are 7-9 PM on Friday and 9 AM-Noon on Saturday. The workshop is open for
public viewing. The workshop is sponsored by NDSU Visual Arts and

Susan Heggestad is a non-traditional printmaker that is not interested in
creating multiples, which is the typical definition of the medium. Rather,
she is drawn to the endless potential for variations on a theme offered by
printmaking. Her mixed-media prints are one of a kind works that begin
with a limited number of collagraphic plates. For more information about
Heggestad, please visiter her web site at

Call for Artists!! NDSU Student Art - January 14 - February 24, 2010 - DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, DEC. 18

This show is open for entry to all current NDSU students, undergraduate or graduate, working in any medium. 

Click here for all the information and artwork submission form.

Digital images of submitted works and entry information must be received by Dec 18, 2009. 

"Rhythm of Life" by Jessica Wachter - Dec. 9 - Jan. 4

Trusting to Trust

The baccalaureate exhibit “Rhythm of Life” by Jessica Wachter, will be on display at the Memorial Union Gallery Dec. 9 to Jan. 4. Wachter, originally of Bismarck, is a senior at NDSU majoring in visual arts with a minor in interior design. Her baccalaureate exhibit is part of the fulfillment of her bachelor’s degree.

The exhibit will include 57 pieces of Wachter’s work in oil painting and printmaking. The pieces vary in size with the smallest at 22 inches by 30 inches to the largest at 8 feet by 4 feet.

“My artwork is illuminating, and with it I express a passion for life, affirming a spiritual truth I find in nature and in life itself. I reflect upon past experiences and draw inspiration from those feelings,” said Wachter. 

Wachter’s title, “Rhythm of Life,” takes inspiration from the overall process that she uses to create her art.  “Trusting in a higher power is paramount in the conceptual process that goes beyond feelings, thoughts and experiences,” she said. “In every painting or screenprint, I reveal my life and the lives around me. Much like in music, I paint or use movement to a personal rhythm, conveying the ‘rhythm of life.’”

An opening reception will be held in the MU Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. An artist talk will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Black Pinto Horse: A Vision of Color and Tradition - November 4 - December 5, 2009

Work in progress for Legacy Lounge, Memorial Union, NDSU

Dedication of commission, Legacy Lounge, Thursday, November 19, 2009, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Reception Thursday, November 19, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Artist’s talk at 4:45 p.m.

An exhibit by Monte Yellow Bird Sr., better known in the art world as Black Pinto Horse, is being displayed in the Memorial Union Art Gallery Nov. 3 through Dec. 5. The exhibit will include about 20 pieces by Monte.

The Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University will unveil a new visual art installation dedication created by artist Black Pinto Horse, Monte Yellow Bird Sr., on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. The event will take place in the Legacy Lounge, adjoining the Great and Plains Ballrooms and is free and open to the public. An artist reception will follow the dedication at 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the MU Gallery.

“The piece not only has historic value and traditional elements, but also contemporary images and color, Black Pinto Horse says."It is designed to demonstrate the development of the meeting of two cultures, statehood and the birth of NDSU. I myself attended NDSU where I received some of my formal academic art training. It’s an honor to present two-dimensional public art to a major university.”

Mick Kjar, KVLY Valley News morning anchor, is the master of ceremonies. He will introduce special guests, Brad Schlossman, CEO of West Acres Mall; and Martha Olsen, executive director of the Arts Partnership. They will speak about the importance of art in the community. As each panel of the installation is unveiled, Black Pinto Horse will interpret the stories held within the images, colors and symbols, also sharing steps of the creation process via slide-show. 

A member of the Arikara and Hidatsa Nation from White Shield, N.D., now living in Great Falls, Mont., Black Pinto Horse is an American Indian artist, cultural and educational consultant, presenter and storyteller. He focuses on collaborating First Nation images and objects with 20th century “Expressionism,” which has given him a better understanding of himself and has been the key to establishing his own style of works. His work is a reflection of pride for his people and a respect for life.

Black Pinto Horse also will have paintings, ledger art and a two-person exhibit hanging in the Memorial Union Gallery during November. He has many pieces on display across North Dakota. A colorful, life-sized Buffalo stands in the Herberger's court of West Acres Mall. He has created many paintings and public art, including “Black Pinto Horse,” a life-sized fiberglass horse purchased by the Pepsi Co. in Minot; “Holy Dog II,” a painting hanging in the permanent collection of the Cowboy Hall of Fame; and “Helps the People,” a commission for Sen. Byron Dorgan.

Melody Staebner, Fargo Public Schools American Indian Education program coordinator, will bring American Indian students from Carl Ben Eielson and Ben Franklin Middle Schools to take part in this opportunity. Students will participate in a gallery walk, followed by a presentation by the artist and a two hour workshop.



Cris Fulton: Prairie Pastels - November 4 - December 5, 2009

© 2007 Cris Fulton, Shelterbelt, chalk pastel (26”x38”)

“Prairie Pastels,” an exhibit by artist Cris Fulton, is on display at the NDSU Memorial Union Art Gallery.

Fulton’s landscape drawings are part of the "Arts Dakota" juried touring exhibition sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association. The exhibition will continue through March 2010 at art galleries throughout the state. 

“The people that have been into the gallery to see the art mistake them for photos because of their vibrancy,” Esther Hockett, Memorial Union Art Gallery Coordinator said.

An artist reception is planned for Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with an artists’ talk at 5:15 p.m.

Fulton, who grew up in Bowman, N.D., earned a bachelor's degree in art from the University of North Dakota in 1973. She started with pencil drawings of cowboys and American Indians and currently works with pastels, dealing mostly with landscapes and horses.

“[Fulton] and I both grew up in Bowman, N.D, so for me, it’s like stepping into my home landscape with her pieces,” Hockett said.

Fulton’s “Equus” series of drawings was on display at the offices of Governor John Hoeven and first lady Mikey Hoeven from April to June, 2009.

Fulton’s exhibit, which contains 19 pieces, is on display until Dec. 5. 

For more information on Fulton and her art, go to

Traveling show co-sponsored by Memorial Union Gallery, North Dakota Art Gallery Association and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Benjamin Sung, Faculty Recital - November 5, 2009

Benjamin Sung


Free and open to the public. November 5, 7:00 p.m. 

Reception will precede the recital at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Gallery.

Sung will perform pieces by Paganini, Sciarrino, Bach, Lachenmann and Ysaye. The recital will explore each composer's approach to the challenges of writing for solo violin and discuss influences and relationships between the pieces. The musical choices reflect the times and places in which the composers lived. Sung also will discuss the artistic movements and historical events that formed these environments.



Human Landscape (Power Lines)' by Amanda Henderson, available for purchase, $95.
Eleanor Urlacher Visiting the Earth Home She Grew Up In, Dunn County, ND by Dan Koeck, NFS
No One Is Home by Kim Bromley, available for purchase, $4000

"Dwell-ing," an exhibit to showcase staff and NDSU alumni art, is featured in the Memorial Union Art Gallery through October 31. A reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Linda Olson, juror for the show, will speak at 5:00 p.m. about the Best of Show and Honorable Mention recipients, and the selection process.

Initiated by Kent Kapplinger, an associate professor of visual arts at NDSU, the exhibit is a way to get alumni connected with the university.

This is the first year for alumni, faculty and staff to show their art in an exhibit together. Pieces were accepted from alumni across the nation.

Click here for entry form and more info.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Aug. 21 - Sept. 19, 2009

The North Dakota State University Memorial Union Art Gallery currently has a collection of artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork on exhibit. The exhibit went up Aug. 21, and will run through Sept. 19, in the Gallery.

The exhibit contains 24 limited edition prints by O’Keeffe as well as an artistic autobiographical book by O’Keeffe, titled “Georgia O’Keeffe.” The illustrated autobiography was published in 1976. The labels on the pieces in the exhibit contain the name, medium and dimensions of the original work of art.

Subjects represented include flowers, bones, rocks, and landscapes as well as innovative forms of abstraction, according to Esther Hockett, Gallery Coordinator. O’Keeffe’s media include oil, water color and acrylic.

O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wis., in 1887 and died March 6, 1986; at the age of 98 in Santa Fe, N.M. O’Keeffe graduated from the Chatham Protestant Episcopal Institute in Williamsburg, Va. in 1904 and later studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. She was married to the pioneer photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) in 1924. 

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, O’Keeffe traveled around the world and had a number of major shows in the U.S.

In 1985 O’Keeffe received the Medal of the Arts from President Ronald Reagan.

Some of O’Keeffe’s additional accomplishments include election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the first retrospective show of a woman's art at the Museum of Modern Art. O’Keeffe also was awarded the Gold Medal of Painting by the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

9:1 - NDSU Governor's School Visual Arts Program, August 20 - September 1, 2009

governors school exhinit

‘9:1’ is an exhibition by North Dakota High School students, on display at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery. The work was created by nine students that participated in North Dakota State Universities Governors School Program this summer.

Governors School is a six week residential Honors Program offered during the summer for motivated students in English, Math, Visual Arts and Science Technology.

Nine students in the Visual Arts Program have put together an exhibit entitled “9:1”. Nathaniel Booth, coordinator of the program says, the students chose a title that highlights their relationships with each other as well as their own individuality.

The exhibit features work by Eryn Hardy Anderson, Katherine Ann Johanson and Kellie McCall Kvinslen from Century High School in Bismarck, Ian Benjamin Cross from Central Campus High School in Minot, Julie Helen Hieggelke from Lisbon Public High School, Alexandria Kristen Kueber from Dakota Prairie High School in Petersburg, Mandy Mae Peerboom from Goodrich Public High School, Morgan Paige Peterson from Oakes High School, and Karissa Caryl Janvrin from Bowman County High School.

The students used a variety of media according to Booth.  The exhibit includes two-dimensional and three-dimensional works, including prints (relief and serigraphy), digital photography and salt-fired ceramics.

The Exhibit will be on display Aug. 20 through Sept. 1at the NDSU MU Gallery above the Bookstore. For more information call 701-231-7900 or e-mail

Ken Dalgarno, Thursday July, 30 - Saturday September 19

Rust, 36"x25"

It's hard to see the beauty in everyday landscape but Ken Dalgarno chronicles the now decaying and vanishing farm buildings and grain elevators that once dotted the flat Saskatchewan prairies. He feels that his current subject matter is truly representative of the rural culture that defines the region. These monuments stand as not only a fading symbol of the toil and bond the pioneers once had with the land, but also as a strong symbol of our own fragile place in the world. Like the rugged land and swirling skies, these canvases are painted with an ultra thick paint application, creating a texture of swirling furrows and ridges full of feature, according to Dalgarno.

Born and raised on Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Dalgarno has exhibited in numerous shows across Western Canada and North Dakota. He is a self taught visual artist with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.  His paintings are found in private collections in Canada, South Africa and Italy. 

The exhibit will be on display at NDSU, Memorial Union Gallery on Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, September 19.

An observation of Dalgarno's work....

I first saw Ken Dalgarno's paintings in the gallery of the Frances Morrison Library in Saskatoon. I was in a bit of a hurry and had not intended to stop by. But seeing that there was a show, I popped in.

I was startled and thrilled by what I saw. More: I was moved. For a few years now, I've been looking for art that would capture the iconic landscape of the Prairies, a vastness of land and light that I've come to love. Yet my tendency is towards abstract art, which does not usually lend itself to bearing witness to a reality beyond the artist's inner world. What first struck me was the brilliance of Ken Dalgarno's palette, the raw, visceral wealth of it. This is the sort of chromatic bang that you don't get in Nature. I'll tell you right away, if you didn't know it already: Saskatchewan skies, whether at dawn, midday or dusk, are not like Dalgarno paints them. But what his brush accurately captures is how they feel. That is the great appeal of these paintings: they are the best of both worlds, charged with the radiance of abstraction but also conveying the content of figuration. They are intensely physical paintings, nearly shocking in their vividness, yet their tone is quietly elegiac.

My immediate thought was, I want to live with these. My great luck is that I now have two hanging on my walls, lighting up my house.

Yann Martel  (Internationally acclaimed author of "Life of Pi")

Artist Statement

"The problem was how to master the prairie's lack of feature..."
Clement Greenberg - Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, 1962

Undoubtedly, Greenberg, who was probably the best known art critic of the 20th century, and a master rhetorical juggler, would want to qualify and elaborate on this quote. Nevertheless, it states a commonly held misperception that the prairies lacks feature. It's a curious quote since of course Greenberg championed flat, non-representational or 'featureless' art such as abstract expressionism, color field paintings and minimalism. Immediately names like Hans Hoffman, Jackson Pollack and of course Barnet Newman, who was also an Emma Lake guest artist, come to mind. So one would assume a 'lack of feature' would not be a problem for Greenberg. Regardless, the main problem with this quote is, in fact, the prairies with its expansive skies, radiant horizons and flowing fields are indeed full of feature. "Sculpted Landscapes" was created with Greenberg's words close in mind and heart. 

My ancestors were among the first pioneers to homestead and farm in the Moose Jaw district in the 1880's. For the next century plus, they toiled the prairie land which became ingrained in their souls. Somehow, from a flat and seemingly character less land a bond was formed and a heritage was created. Attesting to this, I can remember, how every day during harvest, my 90 year old grandfather would greet everyone at dawn, like a captain preparing his team. The conversation revolved around yield, grade, breakdowns or lack thereof, and of course, weather. We would leave him behind to go into the fields but at noon and at dinner he would invariably show up for his chance to lead the team and drive the combine. My father and his brothers wouldn't let him but when we stopped to eat he would jump on board the big machine, start the engine and take off into the field. One way or another he was going to participate. Today, those types of stories are disappearing into the past. That bond and heritage with the land is also slowly fading away as farming becomes less a family operation and more a corporate endeavor.To honor and preserve this farming heritage and to re-capture that rugged hands-on bond with the land "Sculpted Landscapes" focuses on and chronicles the now decaying and vanishing farm buildings and grain elevators that once dotted the flat Saskatchewan prairies. These monuments stand - barely- not only as a fading symbol of the toil and bond pioneers once had with the land but also as a strong symbol of our own fleeting and fragile place in the world. Like the rugged land and swirling skies these canvases are painted with an ultra thick paint application, creating a seductive tactile texture of swirling furrows and ridges - in essence a landscape within a landscape - full of feature. 

"Imagining Place", Photography by Carll Goodpasture - June 2 - July 24

Headwater. 16"x20"

Reception & artist’s talk in the MU Gallery at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2009

Exhibition co-sponsored with The Spirit Room.

These photographs speak of place and of the emergent property of interconnectedness that sustains life on earth. With inspiration from Black Elk, the intention is homage to the first people to inhabit the land with teachings and traditions in reverential recognition of their environment, the planet itself, as a living animate being. The camera work suggests that we listen to the roots of our ancient solidarity, and get on with the work of re-learning the practice of nature consciousness in the fragile space.

As an artist and scientist Carll Goodpasture is one of the rare individuals who understands our place in the biological world and uses ideas from science integrated with art to promote environmental awareness, albeit in subtle ways. In his own words, “my epiphany came when I realized that there is a near total lack of public appreciation of societal dependence upon the biosphere. This lack of understanding of the value of natural ecosystems traces in part to a failure of the scientific community to effectively convey information to the public.”  Given Carll’s artistic abilities and his background in science, the viewer may not be fully aware of his inclusive, underlying goals, which at one level are as obvious as the subject in a picture but at another level are as hidden as the instinct to preserve our own species.



"New Work by Elizabeth Austin", June 2 - July 24

Horizon. 16"x20"

This exhibition includes the debut of Austin’s Illuminated Windows series, which is a group of large-scale works for gallery display and site-specific installation.  Austin’s signature technique of painting on the reverse of transparent acrylic sheets with acrylic paints and added metallic powders and holographic foils lends itself to the identical use you would find for stained glass.  The large paintings on display showcase the technique.

Austin’s miniature Cassetina will also be on display.  Using the same materials and techniques, but encased in exquisite, small wooden boxes, the Cassetinas are intended to be hand-held, intimate experiences.

Additionally, works from her Nocturnes will also be shown.  In an accompanying brochure, Dominique Nahas, independent curator and critic for Art In America among other publications, describes Austin’s pieces as “personal universes, invocations and evocations of matters large and small, matters grounded by earth yet boundless as a bracingly cool night flecked with stars.”

In Crab Apples, 2001, bright red apples dangle from silvery foil branches against an expanse of shimmering blue-black sky, punctuated by twinkling stars.  Austin carefully leads our gaze through the branches and into the heavens, eliciting childhood dreams.

The viewer’s perception of Austin’s transparent works changes dramatically in different light conditions.  The holographic inclusions and metallic powders, which are reflective during the daylight hours, become silhouetted against the darkness of night, and the colors grow in vibrancy.  More subtle changes occur throughout the day as well as seasonally.

By using acrylic paints on clear acrylic sheets, Austin has updated an ancient technique - -  reverse painting on glass.  By painting on the reverse of the acrylic panel, she creates an illusion of depth and adds vividness to her colors.  “Reverse” also describes the actual process of painting, starting with the highlights and then adding elements in the middle distance and then the background.

Born in Chicago, Austin has lived all over the world, from Paris, France to the South Island of New Zealand.  She received her B.S. degree from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, and apprenticed with mixed media artist Jill Sebastian and computer artist Steven Pevnick.  She also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Austin began her career with performance art, performing in venues as widespread as Market 5 Gallery in Washington, D.C.  to The Lab in San Francisco.  She most widely toured with a performance entitled Call Me, and was acclaimed for her very personal, small-scale performance Trace Memory, which took place in a cave in New Hampshire.  She considers her current use of holographic and iridescent materials to be a link to performance, in that the viewer’s perception of the piece changes according to his/her proximity to the actual painting.

"Remembrance of Things Past" by Cindi Finley Mintie- June 2 - July 24

Love, Shirley. 20"x16"
73 Kilos. 16"x20"

Artist Bio - Cindi Finley Mintie attended Minot State University and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. Concentrating in portraiture and digital prints, her interest lies in preserving images of the past by way of computer digitizing and compiling them for aesthetic beauty. She also likes to take portraits of people that capture their true spirit and personality. Cindi has been featured in the “Photographers Forum Best of Collage Photography 2007”, the MSU “Coup”, and was a recipient of a Gold Addy from the Advertising Federation  in 2003.  She grew up in Rugby, North Dakota and now resides in Minot, North Dakota with her family.     

Artist Statement - I envision my art preserving the past. Most images that I use have come from my family’s stored memorabilia that dates as far back as the 1850’s.  I have always had a spirited interest for the “days of old” so to speak. The discovery of mysterious letters from Norway written in the 1890’s -1900’s inspired me to look further into the past. As I learned, these mysterious letters were love letters between my Great-Great Grandfather and Great-Great Grandmother form Norway to the U.S.A.  This started a never ending journey of new beginnings for them and all of us to come.

My process requires me to search, seek, and find memorable treasures in closets, storage areas, cedar chests, and picture albums. I photograph or scan all the images putting them together in the most pleasing, unique and personal way on the computer.  As I put layers upon layers together and experiment with color, shape, line and form, a creation takes place and develops serendipitously.  As you will see, most of the images have a piece of a love letter in them.  I hope that you too will search and seek to find a piece of hidden treasure in one of your closets or wooden chests, or maybe even a secret love letter.

Every print is unique and tells a different story. I have often thought that my art prints are like the people that are connected to this memorabilia: mysterious, colorful, layered with memories, and never aging in spirit.                                                                                                                              - Cindi Finley Mintie

organic progression

"Organic Progression", Zak Helenske Pottery - June 2 - July 24

Zak Helenske art

Organic Progression: Zak Helenske Pottery, An Exhibition in Fulfillment of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in the Visual Arts. 

Artist's reception May 7, 2009 from 4:30 - 6:00pm

Artist's Statement: Organic Progression is an investigation of form and texture. I create objects to invoke the urge to touch and to capture a room with a visual presence. Each aesthetic idea flowed and developed into another allowing the work to evolve technically and intellectually. Each idea informed the next by allowing the alterations and textures to adapt, change, and grow as I worked through the technical issues.  The textures began as simple marks and gestures. I grew more comfortable with the clay and was able to work with it in a very wet state. I acquired a complete awareness of my material, and every facet of its process. I am further practiced in timing the moisture content of each individual pot, allowing me to work with the pots in their most plastic state. I alter and manipulate my pots to their absolute limits, creating folds, creases, bulges and pinches. I gained the ability and confidence to take the risks necessary to progress as a craftsman and as an artist.

The interaction between my pots and the viewer gives me peace of mind and aesthetic closure. I strive to enrich the viewer’s experience with a visual intrigue and textures that ask to be held and touched. I take great care in the places where a person will come in contact with and touch my pots. I appreciate that my pots will interact with and touch skin reserved only for those you are closest to. My pots reflect those relationships.

(re)Discovering Life in Space - Evan Kimball

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(re)Discovering Life in Space by Evan Kimball, BFA exhibition, through May

My artwork serves as a narrative, using natural subject matter for symbolism rather than abstracted forms. This exhibit is a homage to the beauty of my surroundings; nearby and very distant, small and incredibly large. Compositions and tones found in the work recall moods and settings experienced by all of us at some point in our lives. Each piece is intended to evoke personal memories, with the viewer left to reflect on how the exhibit is representative of his or her own life.

But this is not the full extent of the depth of symbolism in this series. The creative process became symbolic, as if the project had a life of its own. After a few pieces I realized that I was not sufficiently prepared to undertake such an endeavor. As in life itself, I could not succeed alone; so I sought out guidance from instructors, friends, family, and nature. I gathered information through conversation and observation, taking in helpful advice and instruction as eagerly as a small child, and tossing out unwanted courses of action just a fervently as said child.

The richest source of counsel turned out to be my own memories. For a piece of art to legitimately represent an emotion, the artist needs to have experienced it. He needs to vividly recall how it felt in order to properly interpret it in a visual form. I feel that this series has allowed me to grow as an artist and will have a lasting impact on my creative life.

Group Show, Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts: Erin Redlin, Jared Zeiszler, Jareth Martinez, Rebecca Peterson

Erin Redlin, Jared Zeiszler, Jareth Martinez, Rebecca Peterson- Reception Thursday, April 23, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.- Exhibit Closes Saturday, May 2, 5:00 p.m.

Asmodeus the Beautiful, 27"x29"
Brant, Oil on Canvas, 4'x5'
Seven, 11"x14"
self portrait #17,

Memorial Union Gallery Displays Pieces from the Permanent Collection

The Memorial Union Art Gallery Has on display “Pasadena Lifesaver-Red#1”, a late 1960s piece from Judy Chicago’s Minimal Works that belong to the NDSU Gallery’s permanent collection. This will be on exhibit through April 18th.

Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans four decades. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is attested to by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, a number of the books she has authored have been published in foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to thousands of readers worldwide.

In the early seventies after a decade of professional art practice, Chicago pioneered Feminist Art and art education through a unique program for women at California State University, Fresno, a pedagogical approach that she has continued to develop over the years. In 1974, Chicago turned her attention to the subject of women's history to create her most well-known work, The Dinner Party, which was executed between 1974 and 1979 with the participation of hundreds of volunteers. This monumental multimedia project, a symbolic history of women in Western Civilization, has been seen by more than one million viewers during its sixteen exhibitions held at venues spanning six countries

For over five decades, Chicago has remained steadfast in her commitment to the power of art as a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change and to women's right to engage in the highest level of art production. As a result, she has become a symbol for people everywhere, known and respected as an artist, writer, teacher, and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women's right to freedom of expression.

The Memorial Union Art Gallery is located on the NDSU campus, above the NDSU Bookstore in the Memorial Union. All exhibitions are free of charge. The gallery is open 11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Thursday 11:00a.m. - 8:00 pm.

"Mathematics of Ecstasy", Jari Chevalier, February 26 - April 17, 2009

"As Above" 2 of 9 48" x 36" x 2.5"
jari chevalier artwork
"As Above" 1 of 9 48" x 36" x 2.5"

On Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Memorial Union Gallery, Chevalier will moderate a panel about creativity  and the creative process in the visual arts and other fields.

Jari Chevalier will speak on Thursday, April 16, at a reception in her honor - free and open to the public - at the Memorial Union Gallery from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The artist’s talk will be at 5:30 p.m. She will speak about her work, its influences, the creative process and how to nourish it. Also, practical aspects of career-building as an artist, how to turbo-charge your art practice with mind-body practices, inquiry and intuition.  Discussion will follow.

Artist Statement:  The visual language of geometric and organic pattern is fundamental to my work. I establish a universe of DNA, light, sound waves, magnetic fields and chemical bonds. Biological, symbolic, cosmological and, at times, erotically explicit forms, are pieced together as "collage inlays", depicting worlds within worlds built of patterns in relationship. All of my works are about movement, its sources and forces, and the suggestion that everything, even the spin of an electron, has vitality and identity, that a single desire or gesture can ripple throughout space and time. I believe new constructs of visual pattern release a viewer's mind from old patterns of perception. Each of my works is meant to provoke heightened awareness and personal inquiry.

About the Artist: Jari Chevalier's artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, including Bristol-Myers Squibb in Wallingford, Connecticut; the River Street Gallery, the Haskins Laboratory Gallery, and Small Space Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut; and the Silvermine Gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut. She is the recipient of residency grants from The Vermont Studio Center and from The Ragdale Foundation. Chevalier has appeared on the National Public Radio Program "Beyond Words" and Boston Cable TV's "It's All About Arts."  She holds a Master's degree in creative writing from City College of New York and a B.A. cum laude in writing and literature from Columbia University, and has served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Purchase and Antioch University in Santa Barbara. Her poems have been published in more than 20 literary journals including Ploughshares, Cimarron Review, American Literary Review, Wisconsin Review, Pivot, Solo, Barrow Street and Santa Barbara Review.

Student Juried Art Show - January 22 - February 22, 2009

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NDSU student art work is on display at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery. The show features 42 original pieces of mixed mediums created by 27 student artists during the 2008 academic year and will run through Sunday, Feb. 22.

Linda A. Olson , juror for the art exhibit, is from Minot, N.D. She has taught art at Minot State University since 1990. Olson is director of the North Dakota Art Gallery Association and president of Museums in North Dakota (MIND). Olson has shown her work in galleries throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Missouri.

Olson awarded Best of show to Mary Kinstler’s “Death Comes to Us All.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Zak Helenske’s “A Progression of Jars” and Bradley Wehrman’s “Mores no.3.”

There are ceramics, sculptures, drawings, paintings and multi-media pieces. All visitors may vote for a popular choice selection.

The gallery is located on the NDSU campus, above the NDSU Bookstore in the Memorial Union.  An opening reception is set for this evening, Jan. 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to public.

Call for Artists - January 13 - February 12, 2009

This exhibition will open at the Memorial Union Gallery on January 13, 2009, and will remain installed through February 12. The artists’ reception will be January 22, 2009, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. This show is open for entry to all current NDSU students, graduate or undergraduate, working in any medium. All interpretations – realist to the abstract and conceptual are welcome. Outsider and folk art is welcome. The work must have been completed in 2008. Two monetary prizes will be awarded as determined by the jury. Other prizes may be awarded. Click here to download a document with all information.


Dynamic Architecture

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Baccalaureate show: Andrea Johnson & Meghanne Naylor, Dec 3, 2008 - Jan 3, 2009

"Caught"Andrea Johnson, 2008Oil on canvas36” x 60” - $500.

Andrea Johnson, Artist Statement

 This show is an exploration into the fear people have on a daily basis and how people are comfortable with this fear.  The fear of trying something new, of relationships, and of challenging oneself can have adverse effects.  These fears cause people to miss out on great opportunities in life.  I want to convey a sense of living life in this bubble of fear.  I see this as a wasteful, mediocre way of spending time on earth.  By living their lives in this fear, the painted figures are missing out on the beautiful world around them.  They are literally trapped by their fears, the dark sludge, enveloping them.  To the viewer the sludge is unwelcome, but it is normalcy to the figures as they don’t notice it anymore.  Some are comatose and completely unaware of what lies beyond their immediacy while others are complacently observing their surrounding environment, but few fight it.  These paintings represent what I do not want to become: content with my fear.

"Dress Up"Meghanne Naylor, 2008Oil and Acrylic on canvas40” x 60” - $400.

Meghanne Naylor, Artist Statement

The theme of my artwork is centered on women and their self image, both physically and mentally. I concentrated on expressing this idea by exposing the many layers women may have within themselves; the person who is perceived by others and the person they perceive themselves to be.  I also wanted to convey the feelings a woman may have when she is trying to live up to the standards of daily life as a daughter, mother, and wife. The paint is applied in varied layers and thicknesses to represent the layers of the female psyche. By placing the figure in the center of the canvas, as well as posing them in similar ways, I am mimicking a generic portrait a photographer would take for an annual school picture, family picture, or general nostalgia. This is an attempt to make a connection with the impersonal feeling of a posed photograph with a portrait of how a woman might see herself, as well as her impact on the people she encounters in daily life.

Artist Reception 5:00-8:00, Thursday, Dec 4, 2008

World War I & II Posters - November 7-26, 2008

World War posters

Exhibition reception will be held November 20, 2008 from 4-6 pm.

To help represent the significance of the wars and to honor those that served in WWI and WWII, the Memorial Union Art Gallery is displaying a World War I and World War II poster exhibit along with several smaller displays relating to that time period. 

“The images are straight forward appeals of Americans at home for empathy and active support of the war efforts. The artists were well known, and their work was familiar, seen daily on covers of popular magazines of the day,” Ester Hockett, visual arts coordinators of the MU Gallery, said. “Thousands of copies of thousands of colorful poster designs plastered the walls and fences of cities and towns throughout the United States.”

The exhibit will include 22 framed posters from the “World War I Liberty Loan Posters” exhibit and 33 framed posters from the “World War II Posters” exhibit. These are both traveling poster exhibits from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Additional posters from archives and framed front-page excerpts from the Fargo Forum, announce the end of the war.

A service flag from World War I and an embroidery, crafted by Marlys Hurt in 1946, from World War II, are on loan from the Cass County Historical Society and Bonanzaville, U.S.A.

Three dresses, representing the fashion throughout the World War eras, are on loan from the Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management/College of Human Development & Education at NDSU. These include: a 1916 Engagement Dress, worn by Jessie Webb to celebrate her engagement with Samuel Corwin. This dress was donated by Jessie Webb Corwin. A 1940’s Skirt Suit, this style was common in the 1940’s. Because of wartime shortages, the fashion world was forced to be utilitarian. This dress was donated by Edigna Van Houtte. Another 1940’s Dress with a fitted hourglass silhouette. This dress is an example of how the amount of fabric was restricted for the use of clothing (Donor unknown).

A World War II Navy Uniform, worn by Oliver Hanson is also displayed. The uniform was donated by Oliver’s granddaughter, Briana Hanson, a sophomore communication major at NDSU.

There are also several war medals from the wars displayed at the MU gallery. 

Neil W. Anderson, “Is It Justified?” October 22 - November 5, 2008

mu gallery exhibit pitures

Artist's Statement: “When creating black and white photographs, an artist is not distracted by vivid color and is able to experience content with more clarity,” Anderson said. “Most people dream and/or remember in black and white, consequently black and white photography more easily allows for thought.”


Reception for this exhibit is on Oct. 23, 2008, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the MU Gallery, Upper Level, MU.


Ross Zirkle (1955-2007): Passion in Prints - Sept.19 - Oct. 18, 2008

Ross Zirkle, artist, "Pagan Revolt", waterless litho, woodcut, 22 x 27"


The Ross Zirkle Memorial Exhibit is a collection of 28 printmaking art pieces created by Ross Zirkle, a Tamarind Master Printer, who passed away from cancer in 2007. The exhibit and its pieces will honor and display Zirkle’s talent and honor his memory. The pieces are from the Raven Wolf Gallery. Raven Wolf Gallery is the compilation of two artistic talents: the Raven (Suzanne Gonsalez) and the Wolf (Ross Zirkle). 

“Ross Zirkle was prolific, thoughtful and skilled. His website and blog reflect a person who cared deeply about people and about art,” Esther Hockett, Visual Art and Gallery Coordinator of the MU Gallery said. “The works in the exhibit are a sampling of his powerful compositions and his expressive control of line in illustrations for books. After his cancer diagnosis, lines become texture and pattern and his work is an active coping process.” 

Artist Reception is Oct. 3, 2008, from 6-9 p.m. in the MU Gallery, Open to Public, part of Mid America Printmakers Council - MAPC08.


“ROSS ZIRKLE (1955 - 2007) was a Tamarind Master Printer.   He received his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Oregon.  From 1997 - 2007, he presented his work and research on waterless lithography and figure drawing at twenty-four national workshops and conferences, including the 2004, 92nd Annual Conference College Art Association, Professional Practices Committee, Is the Visual /Arts Studio/Classroom a "Hostile Environment? Seattle,Washington, 31st Annual Southern Graphics Conference, Education Panel: Strategies for Teaching & Critiquing Print Media at Boston University, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, The Detroit Institute of Arts, University of Southern Illinois Carbondale, Carbondale Illinois and Frogman's Press, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota.  His work achieved both national and international acclaim. Including, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Society of American Graphic Artists Exhibition at The Old Print Shop, International Paper Exhibition held at the Monique Goldsrom Gallery, New York, New York and Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, California.  His work is included in many permanent collections, including Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, Massachusetts College of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX and Frogman's Press and Gallery, Vermillion, SD.  In 2005, Mr. Zirkle was awarded a Kentucky Arts Council Professional Development Grant from the state of Kentucky in honor of his artistic excellence and in 2006, was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Alumni Association of the University of Kentucky.  Ross Zirkle was an associate professor at the University of Kentucky where he taught printmaking and figure drawing until his death in 2007 to cancer. He is greatly missed.”

Artist Bio -

PEARS 10th Anniversary - Sept.23 - Nov. 1, 2008

“Vecchio Courtyard” by Michelle Lindblom
Serigraphy, 2004


The PEARS program promotes printmaking production, education and innovation in the Midwest. The program has a studio in the Visual Arts Department of the NDSU Downtown campus and provides educational printmaking classes, workshops, artist residencies, internships and studio rental for qualified artists.

An artists' reception is scheduled Friday, Oct. 3 from 6-9 pm in the MU Gallery.

North Dakota State University Department of Visual Arts and Printmaking Education &Research Studio, along with co-hosts Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and the Plains Art Museum will help sponsor and present the printmaking exhibits.

The PEARS 10th anniversary exhibition is samplings of printmaking artwork by a number of printmaking artists who have participated in the PEARS workshops over the last 10 years. The exhibit includes roughly 30 pieces of various printmaking processes and techniques, such as reduction, silkscreen or serigraph, and additional printmaking art processes.  These exhibits go hand-in-hand with the upcoming Mid America Print Council 2008 Conference, October 1-5 in Fargo, N.D.

“Printmaking and the PEARS summer workshop have become a visual arts tradition for NDSU and the Division of Fine Arts. The Gallery has actively collected editions of prints from each workshop,” Esther Hockett, the visual arts and gallery coordinator for the Memorial Union Gallery said. “Selections for the collection will be matted, framed and hung on exhibition in the gallery. Co-curator, Kent Kapplinger, and I have selected prints representative of the media, subject matter and the artists enrolled in PEARS through the years.”

“Printmaking, like other art medium, has its own uniquely inherent visual characteristics that artists use to express themselves. Much like musicians, printmakers must become technically proficient before they can begin to fully express themselves through the medium,” Kapplinger said. “Since printmaking includes four distinctly different categories of relief, intaglio, lithography, and stencil. Each with encompassing a multitude of sub-categories, mastering this broad medium can be a wonderful challenge lasting a lifetime, especially with continual incorporation of new technology including that of digital media.”

“The PEARS program, along with NDSU printmaking classes, facilitates this lifelong learning and investigation in printmaking for those just beginning to be professional artists working in printmaking,” Kent Kapplinger, Associate Professor of the NDSU Visual Arts and the director and master printer for PEARS said.

Fargo exhibits will be located at the Plains Art Museum, NDSU Downtown Gallery, Memorial Union Gallery at NDSU, Reineke Visual Arts Gallery at NDSU, Atomic Coffee, Sprit Room Gallery and the Upfront Gallery as well as several Galleries and Museums in Moorhead, Minn.

Illuminations: Medieval + the Saint John’s Bible - Sept. 23-Oct. 23, 2008

The Metz Sacramentary, ca. 869-870, Metz, France (Bibliothèque Nationale, Ms. Lat. 1141)
medieval manuscript

The reception for this exhibit will be held Sept. 27, 2008, 5-7 pm in the MU Gallery.

The Memorial Union Art Gallery is displaing an exhibit of medieval illuminations, from Sept. 23 to Oct 23. The exhibit will correspond with the 24th annual conference of the Medieval Association of the Midwest.

Professor Carlos Hawley, of the NDSU Department of Modern Languages, is organizing the Medieval Association of the Midwest conference.

More than 40 medieval scholars will present at the conference. A keynote address, by award winning medieval scholar Barbara Weissberger, will take place during the conference.

The address will be from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Century Theater of the MU on Sept. 27. The address is free and open to the public.

“Illuminated manuscripts are some of the most informative and entertaining items to come to use from the middle ages. They provide us with a window into medieval paintings,” Hawley said. “Viewing these illuminations is narrative, decorative, and supportive. It is theater on the page. One needs to look at illuminated manuscripts as medieval multimedia. 

“The Memorial Union Gallery at NDSU is grateful to the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., for the loan of these facsimile and authentic treasures,” Esther Hockett, the visual arts and gallery coordinator for the MU gallery said. “A special thanks to Matthew Z. Heintzelman, Curator for the exhibit.”



Betty LaDuke Visits Campus

The NDSU Memorial Union Art Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming visit of Betty LaDuke and her daughter Winona LaDuke. Betty LaDuke’s exhibits “Children of the World I and II,” featuring painting, sketches, and photographs from 1954 to 2002 are currently on display through the month of August in the Gallery. Winona LaDuke is an activist, economist, environmentalist, and writer. 

Both events are free and open to the public.

August 19 at 12:00pm in the Gallery - Please join us and bring a lunch if you would like while Betty LaDuke shares her stories and experiences in creating the Children of the World exhibits currently on display in the Memorial Union Gallery. The exhibit is comprised of LaDuke’s work and experiences in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Unites States.

August 19 at 3:00pm in the Gallery – Please join us for an artist’s reception with complimentary refreshments and a dialogue with Betty and Winona LaDuke followed by a question and answer session.

Betty LaDuke is an internationally known photographer, painter, and illustrator who has spent the past 46 years documenting and drawing inspiration from children and families she has encountered throughout the world. Her work is filled with visual surprises depicting children’s strengths and resilience. LaDuke’s works also emphasize human emotions and characteristics, furthering the understanding of cultures different from one’s own.

Betty LaDuke is currently focusing her endeavors on the mission of Heifer International, which is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and saving the earth by providing livestock, trees, training, and other resources to help poor families around the world become self-reliant.

Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer. She is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project in Minnesota and the Indigenous Women's Network. She is also Executive Director of Honor the Earth, a Native-led organization that she co-founded, whose mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Several of the photos in the Betty LaDuke’s exhibit feature Winona as a child.

2008 Summer Exhibit - Betty LaDuke, "Children of the World", June 13 - August 22, 2008

children of the world

Beginning June 13th the works of Betty LaDuke will be on display at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Memorial Union Art Gallery. Betty LaDuke is an internationally known photographer, painter, and illustrator who has spent the past 46 years documenting and drawing inspiration from children and families she has encountered throughout the world.  Her work is filled with visual surprises depicting children’s strengths and resilience. LaDuke’s works also emphasize human emotions and characteristics, furthering the understanding of cultures different from one’s own.
The two exhibits, Children of the World and Children of the World II, provide an opportunity for cultural and aesthetic comparisons across the boundaries of time and continents. The multimedia exhibit of photographs, drawings, and paintings weaves through the artist’s life and beyond, and provides a unique opportunity to explore the artist’s creative process of translating from the literal, camera captured moment and on-site sketches emphasizing select details of people and events into mythical, aesthetic renderings with paint on campus. The images evoke many smiles, but at the same time encompass some of the most significant social and cultural transitions of our world community for the past half-century. The images show how children are loved, nurtured, and conditioned to grow in diverse circumstances.
NDSU will have both exhibits on display through beginning June 13, 2008 through August 22, 2008. The Memorial Union Art Gallery is located on the NDSU campus at 1401 Administration Avenue in room 258.

“The earth is our common home, and local and global future depends on the well being of all the children of the world.”     
-Betty LaDuke


Alternate Endings - Exhibit by Ezra DesJarLais, April 17 - May 22, 2008

Alternate Ending Exhibit
Someplace Warm, 42" x 38" $500

Artist’s Statement

As an artist I prefer that my work be as objective as possible while simultaneously trying to inject into it as much personal content as possible.  This particular series of paintings is about duality.

I find that objectivity is important in any given piece of artwork and  take great satisfaction in the fact the audience is free to derive their own meaning or interpretation from a piece of artwork.  However, I think it equally important for artists to be able to express themselves or to communicate a specific idea. This series of paintings gives the audience freedom to explore the content of each piece for themselves.  

Most of the pieces in this series contain images which are either spray painted onto the background or foreground. The meaning of these images is free for the audience to interpret.  

Each of the paintings also contains a series of symbols which are an amalgam of images inspired by Native American designs. Each symbol represents a letter of the alphabet. These symbols are very specific and meant to relate to a deeper personal content. It is at the discretion of the audience whether or not to decipher them.    

I invite the audience to use their creativity and imagination to relate to these paintings and invite them to take a closer look.
-    Ezra DesJarLais




Essential Truth - Exhibit by Leila Rastegar, April 17 - May 22, 2008

Fall in Fargo

Reception in honor of the artist: April 17, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Artist Statement

My work explores the urban environment and our interaction within that environment.  I am intrigued with the rhythms and complexities of urban scenes. I drive by some of these places many times and notice nothing, and then one day the light makes a fascinating shadow and interesting complexities. These glimpses of the city, as I portray them in my paintings, become an intimate part of my life – an image and a place and a representation of season and time of day that I keep forever.

Since I was a child, drawing has been my greatest pleasure. Although I work from everyday cityscapes, I take great satisfaction in experimenting with a larger format, more applications of colors, and a looser use of the brush. After years of feeling passionate about landscapes, I feel a surge of interest in painting the man-made objects that inhabit urban places as well – everyday forms such as cars, rail yards, buildings, street signs, billboards, electrical poles, fire hydrants, and so forth.  These subjects fascinate me as part of the scenery of our everyday lives.       

I take photographs of compelling scenes to preserve their urban environment and lighting conditions. I crop the best photograph and change the composition the way I prefer.  With this body of work, I start the painting with acrylic. I define the composition by dividing the picture into color blocks; I use a complementary color of the local color, final colors to paint each block.  After I have covered  the whole canvas with the acrylic, I start to paint with oil.  I repeat this process until I get the balance that I want – of color, lightness, darkness – balancing  the areas of the canvas.  Using acrylic allows me to work fast and decide what color value I need.  The final layers are done in oil, allowing me more time to work on the intensity of the color.

There are a few artists influencing me. For example Lucian Freud and Edward Hopper have been the greatest influences.  Freud, an Austrian-born British citizen, is a painter of the body at rest.  He paints, draws, and etches heads and bodies.  His interest is in truth-telling by not just copying the scene like a camera, but by manipulating reality to the essence of truth.  Hopper, the best-known American realist of the inter-war period, was a master at manipulating reality to reveal essential and disturbing truths about the modern world.  I am drawn more to Hopper because of his view of the world.  I like his work because he portrays the truth that exists in everyday life.  In my recent work, I try to incorporate use his vision and way of thinking.

Everyday urban scenes have a powerful impact on me as an artist.  By choosing to paint scenes that strike me in a certain way, I connect with them. I now forever see places that once were overlooked as memories of my life.  I strive to portray them as an essential truth of life.                                     --  Leila Rastegar

Lisa Barber Installation - March 27 - May 22, 2008

lisa barber art

Lisa Barber has been an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside since the fall of 2003. In 1998 she received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2002, she received the Emerging Artist Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Her listing of solo shows includes Thomas Hunter Studio Gallery in New York City, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, NCECA 2007 in Louisville, and the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City. In the spring of 2006 Barber was awarded a McKnight Artist Award and Residency, a competitive award in the international field of ceramic art.

Installation will be March 27 and 28; the exhibition will close May 10. During installation, Lisa Marie will be available for conversation. She'll be available Thursday, April, 27, 2008 evening for the reception, too.

Her website is





"Portraits", Kathy Chornuk - March 27, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Saying 'Hello!'
43" x 54", acrylic

           Artist's Statement -  “PORTRAITS” is an exhibition of brilliantly colored acrylic, oil, or mixed media on canvas. They range in size from approximately 2’ square to 6’ x 4’. The idea behind this show was to paint faces of people.   I was inspired by a figure drawing class I had taken a couple of years ago.  In the first week of that class we drew portraits of one another.  I found the experience interesting and realized the face is composed of many different shapes and colors. These images come from quick sketches of people that posed for me or are drawn from my imagination. They are painted rapidly as if I were doing a quick sketch of that individual.          
The portraits are colorful and not the colors people are comprised of in real life.  I use bright colors to represent the energy I see and feel when painting each portrait.  I always begin by painting the eyes of the portrait first.  After painting the eyes I get an idea where I am going with the rest of the portrait.  Many times I sense a certain emotion immediately and portray that emotion while painting.  At other times the emotion remains elusive until I am finished with the portrait.  I use thick paint or switch to extremely thin washes during the progression of each work.  This variety of paint application represents as much energy to me as the brush stroke itself.  All of these factors work together to help present a particular emotion.           
I thoroughly enjoy painting facial features of both people and animals.    As an artist, I am excited to see a portrait to its conclusion and the emotions that I envisioned captured on canvas.

NDSU Photo Club Exhibit - Spring 08

ndsu photo club

See the work of 14 members of the NDSU Photography Club at the Memorial Union Gallery. Among the 48 pieces - many of them available for purchase! - exhibited in the Gallery and the adjoining North Star Butte Lounge are work by Prasad Burange, Ross Collins,John Ehlen, Kelsey L. Johnson, Anna G. Larson, Daniel Reetz,  Stefan Robinson, Jose Rodriguez,  Holly Scallon, Erica Schierholz, Nitesh Sule, Jessica Wachter, Nathan Welk, Travis Wigdahl.

Opening - Thursday, February 28, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.






Rosanne Olson Photography, January - March, 2008

Rosanne Olson uses the pinhole photography technique for some of her  pieces. So, what is a pinhole photograph, anyway?

Take a needle, poke a tiny hole in a box, put film in the box, allow the light to seep in for a while. Then develop the film and you have a pinhole negative.

Basically, that's it. A pinhole camera can be anything from an oatmeal box to a 35mm film box. The tiny hole, best drilled into a piece of brass taped to the box, allows the light to enter in the same way that the "camera obscura" worked to project a scene onto a wall back in the 1500s.

For my pinhole photographs, I use a modified 4x5 camera with Polaroid film. The magic of the pinhole, for me, is in the waiting. Exposures may take anywhere from several seconds to more than 10 minutes. Most are in the 10-minute category.  In making the photograph, I decide on what I want, set up the camera and position it as I imagine the film will see the picture. I then make a guess at the exposure and begin. Then try again.

During the long exposures, people may walk through the pictures, but because of the very slow formation of the image, no one shows up on the film. Occasionally people stop to inquire, curious about the odd-looking camera without a "lens". As we wait, light drifts slowly through the tiny hole, producing a photograph that has an unlimited depth of field, but lacks the acuity of a photograph made with a real lens.

I place the negatives in individual water-filled baggies, then carry them around with me until I get to my hotel room where I clean them and hang them up to dry. Because the negatives are exposed to the outdoors, they sometimes become scratched or damaged, especially on windy days, all part of the process of making a pinhole photograph.

To make a photograph in this way offers an opportunity for quiet and meditation. The images depict a serene world of architecture, icons and landscapes, which will remain long after we are gone.

                                 ~Rosanne Olson

For images in the MU Gallery, visit Rosanne Olsons web site

Essays by Rosanne Olson: Pinhole Meditations and Pinhole Tales

Fall 07 Exhibit

MU gallery

"Fractal.....", November 3rd - November 28th, 2007

The first student exhibition is open in the Memorial Union Gallery. It will continue through November 28. At the opening reception on Friday evening, artist Mary Pfeifer talked about her work in multiple media, her fascination with fractals, dot patterns, matrix, dpi, ppi and the installation in the Gallery. Pfeifer is a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Art.

Ms Pfeifer credits her 2002 P.E.A.R.S. – the Printmaking Education and Research Studio – experience with her fractal fascination. “By the time the visiting professor, Master Printmaker Elizabeth Dove, left NDSU, I was hooked on finding the most non-repetative dot pattern possible when printmaking.” Subsequently, reading the novel “Fractal Murders” by Mark Cohen, Pfeifer says, she “was able to understand the dynamics of dot patterns for the first time.”

In addition to the 90-inch tall fractal females and their companion framed prints, Pfeifer presents two additional series. One series is portraits of women who are accompanied by modern day mythology. The other series of recent work – five feet tall acrylic paintings on stretched canvas – “examines my relationship with my mother, now deceased, who had Alzheimer’s disease, and my own personal struggle with the aging process”.

Joining Pfeifer for the evening were Jon Offutt and Kay Ornberg, whose work is also showing and for sale in the Gallery. Offutt is a well-known glassblower; Ornberg’s pieces include wearable art and photography (images captured by Ornberg and digitally manipulated by Pfeifer).

This exhibit was installed by the Gallery’s new student employees, who worked with the artists and with the Memorial Union Gallery Coordinator, Esther Hockett. Preparations included design of placement of the artworks, moving pedestals from off-site storage and painting them, removing nails and hangers used for the previous show, and touching up the walls. Each artwork is placed to show it to best advantage and to create a relationship with other pieces in the show via theme, color, or shape, for example. Text labels describing each piece are compiled, printed, and placed on the wall, as is the artist’s statement. For a BFA show, the faculty advisers review the hanging presentation of the work. Final steps include installing vinyl or poster title text on the wall and positioning the many track lights to showcase the work for best visibility, according to Hockett. The Gallery student staff are: Marita Abe, Alex Ellis, Briana Hanson, Mary Kinstler, and Leila Rastegar.

Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 Thursday evening, and by appointment. The Memorial Union Gallery was founded in 1969 by NDSU Student Government. Closed for two years for Union construction and renovations, the Gallery re-opened in late September in its new, expanded location above the NDSU Bookstore, formerly known as the Varsity Mart.

Death Penalty Photography Exhibit: October 17-21, 2007

death penalty exhibit

"Images of the Death Penalty, Photographs by Scott Langley"
A photography exhibit is scheduled for Oct. 17-21 at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson, who presided over the trial of Alfonso Rodriguez in the murder of Dru Sjodin, is scheduled to give an opening presentation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 17.

The exhibit and presentation are planned in conjunction with the annual human rights conference of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. Presentation Sisters, Fargo, are helping to sponsor the exhibit.

Images of the Death Penalty, Photographs by Scott Langley website

Opening Exhibit: "Balance...", Sept. 28 - Oct. 13, 2007

gallery opening

The Memorial Union Gallery is delighted to announce a re-opening exhibit in a new location! Come and see the current and student work of NDSU Visual Arts Department graduates! Included in the show are 40 works: video, painting, print-making, multimedia/assemblage and sculpture. The art work by nine artists - Nathaniel Booth, Jennifer Brandel, Judith Feist, Kathryn Hagstrom, Amanda Henderson, Christina Johnson, Eric Johnson, Jay Pfeifer, and Rick Woodland -  were installed on Friday, September 28, 2007. The show was co-curated by Kent Kapplinger Associate Professor, PEARS Director & Master Printer, Department of Visual Arts, NDSU, and Esther Hockett, Visual Arts and Gallery Coordinator at the Memorial Union.

An opening reception - free and open to the public - will be held Friday, October 5, 2007 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm - as a part of Homecoming festivities and in celebration of the re-dedication of the Memorial Union facility and programs.

The theme and title for the show is ‘balance’ as it relates to daily life, art and work, present and past, consumption and environment, self and family, process and product .The MU Gallery is now located on the second floor, above the Bookstore (formerly known as the Varsity Mart), at the south entrance. Special hours for Homecoming week, Monday, October 1, through Saturday, October 6, are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Gallery hours Monday, October 8 thru Saturday, October 13 are 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. ; Thursday, October 11 until 8:00 p.m.

Exhibit Statement for ‘balance…’

September 28 - October 13, 2007

The theme and title for this Homecoming and Memorial Union Re-Dedication exhibition is ‘balance’ as it relates to nine artists’ daily life - art and work, present and past, consumption and environment, self and family/friends, process and product .

Recent NDSU Visual Arts Department graduates who are working artists are featured.  They are: Nathaniel Booth, Jennifer Brandel, Judith Feist, Kathryn Hagstrom, Amanda Henderson, Christina Johnson, Eric Johnson, Jay Pfeifer, and Rick Woodland.  The 40 exhibited works include video, painting, print-making, multimedia/assemblage and sculpture.

The show was co-curated by Kent Kapplinger Associate Professor, PEARS Director & Master Printer, Department of Visual Arts, NDSU, and Esther Hockett, Visual Arts and Gallery Coordinator at the Memorial Union. An opening reception - free and open to the public - is scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2007 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm,  as a part of Homecoming festivities and in celebration of the re-dedication of the Memorial Union facility and programs.

The MU Gallery is now located on the second floor, above the Bookstore (formerly known as the Varsity Mart), at the south entrance. Special hours for Homecoming week, Monday, October 1, through Saturday, October 6, are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Gallery hours Monday, October 8 thru Saturday, October 13 are 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. ; Thursday, October 11 until 8:00 p.m.


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