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We care about what's next.

NDSU Visual Arts is about more than the four years it takes to earn a degree. It is about preparing you for the next step after college, whether it is graduate school, working as a professional artist, or using your talents for social causes. Whatever it is, NDSU Visual Arts is here to prepare you for the next step.

"I came to NDSU in 2013, not knowing anything about art.  Today, with the help from the NDSU art department, I am very excited to see art as a tool to make the world a better place.  Studying art was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.  This field has been equipping me to expand my knowledge in creativity in such challenging and thrilling way."
-Yeseul Lee, BFA '17 Painting emphasis, Graduate student pursuing Master of Education degree

The Department of Visual Arts provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and innovative academic program consistent with the mission of NDSU. The department serves the pursuit of high-quality teaching, artistic performance, dedicated service, and professional and scholarly excellence through experiences of lasting value. 

Th Department of Visual Arts is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Memorial Union Gallery


 Emma Beatrez, BFA '18 Painting emphasis

Jacob Dissmore, BS '17 Web Design Major with Art Minor in Graphic Design

Yeseul Lee, BFA '17 Painting emphasis, MFA in Education candidate

Matthew Nerurer, BFA '18, Illustration emphasis

Ryan Gapp, Architecture student and Art Minor

Chance Taylor, BFA '18 Ceramics emphasis

2018 Student Juried Show Submission on Thursday, April 19th from 6-9pm

Student submissions due Thursday, April 19th between 6-9pm.  5 artworks total may be accepted limited to 2 works per studio area.  Please drop-off work in the studio area where it was completed.  Art majors and minors are eligible to submit.  Any work completed during the 2017/2018 school years is eligible

 June 11-22 - Poetry & Pictures, Gaylord Schanilec, visiting scholar and workshop

NDSU Visual/Printmaking Education and Research Studio (PEARS) is pleased to present the 15th summer printmaking workshop with

Galyord Schanilec, a noted color wood engraver who established his own press, Midnight Paper sales, in 1980.

During this two-week opportunity, participants will attend printmaking workshops and prepare an exchange project using presented methods and theory.

Participants may register for three professional development credits through NDSU-DCE  Grant opportunities for North Dakota residents are available at

The NDSU Art/Pears program promotes printmaking production, education and innovation in the Midwest.  Directed by Kent Kapplinger, PEARS collaborates with visiting artists, offers educational printmaking workshops and artistic development residencies, and promotes studio-produced work through exhibition and sales.  Located at NDSU Renaissance hall in Fargo, the spacious studio includes a pressroom/workspace, screen print studio, aquatint and etching areas, and an exposure room where one can use traditional and non-toxic intaglio, lithography, screen print, relief and letterpress methods.  Digital capabilities access to Mac computers, scanners, large format printers, CNC router, and laser cutter.

Flakoll Gallery Analog Dialogue Exhibition

Visiting Artist Ehren Tool

 Sign Up now for the 2018 Foundations Trip to Minneapolis to Visit the MIA and Walker Art Center!

Students will be visiting the amazing collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center.  Limited seats available so sign up today in the Art Office!

Advanced Photography Students at the Memorial Union Gallery

Ochre Creative Studio Call for Artists

 2018 Frostival Snow Sculpture Contest


2017 Baccalaureate Preview in the Flakoll Gallery

Dec. 4: 5-7pm; Artist talk at 5:30

Ochre Creative Studios Exhibition

Dec. 7th  6-9pm

1114 Main Ave. Fargo

Art Student Sale!

2017 Baccalaureate Exhibition

Please join Emily Beaman, Jesse Feist, Trai Pratt and Kelsey Hanson at the Memorial Union Gallery for the Reception of the 2017 Baccalaureate Exhibition.  There will be food, conversation and artist's talks.  Please join your fellow artists on Tuesday, November 21st from 5-7pm for their exhibition at the Memorial Union Gallery.  Artist's Talks at 5:30pm.

Visiting Artist Lecture          Thursday, November 2nd, 3-4pm      5th floor Renaissance Hall

Nelson Chan is a photographer, co-founder of TIS books and press manager at Aperture.  He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a BFA and a graduate of the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, where he received his MFA.  Nelson is a co-founder of Brooklyn based, TIS books, an art book publishing house that concentrates on small edition photobooks.  He has worked at Pratt, SALT center for documentary studies, and as a visiting critic at RISD.  Additional work may be viewed at

Photography Exhibition

Professor of Photography Dr. Meghan Kirkwood is showing new photographs in an exhibition in the Flakoll Gallery.  This project explores the devotional landscape of folk saint "Goucho Gil" through landscape photographs, documentary images of shrines, and portraits of devotees.

There will be a public reception Thursday, Oct. 5th from 5-7pm in the Flakoll Gallery located on the main floor of Renaissance Hall.

Mezzotint Workshop

Valley City Artist Linda Whitney will hold a Mezzotint Workshop Oct.23-27,M-F from noon to 5pm at Renaissance Hall.  Please register at

Fritz Scholder Symposium  Friday, Oct. 6 2017  1-4pm  5th Floor Renaissance Hall

Fritz Scholder was on of the 20th century's most important and provactive artists.  Learn about Fritz Scholder from some of the nation's most esteemed scholars:

Jessica Horton, Asst. Professor of Art History, University of Delaware

John Lukavic, Associate Curator of Native Arts, Denver Art Museum

Truman Lowe, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison and former Curator at the National Museum of the American Indian

October ARTFOLKS Newletter

Barry Hall Permanent Student Photography Exhibition

The College of Business Dean's Office and the Department of Visual Arts opened "Shared Roots:Views of Dynamic Community," an exhibition of photographs in Barry Hall.  This exhibition grew from a collaborative project between NDSU Visual Arts students under the direction of Professor of Photography Dr. Meghan Kirkwood and members of the NDSU Business College community. 

2017 NDSU Department of Visual Art Student Juried Show

May 2- June 1, 2017     

Opening reception on May 2 from 5-7pm

Memorial Union Gallery

2017 Baccalaureate Exhibition Reception

Reception: Tuesday, April 11th 5-7pm

Memorial Union Gallery ( 2nd Floor)

The Memorial Union Gallery will host a reception for the 2017 Baccalaureate Exhibition featuring new works by seven visual arts seniors.  Please join us at 5pm for a meet and greet with the artists.  At 5:30pm, the Gallery will host artist talks and allow visitors the opportunity to hear more about process and personal inspiration.  This exhibit will be open from April 11- April 27.  The Memorial Union Gallery is located on the second floor of the Memorial Union.



Calling all art students!  The 2017 Student Juried Exhibition will be accepting work by Art Majors and Minors on April 20th from 6-9pm in the studio where it was produced.  One Best of Show scholarship of $1000 and three Honorable Mention $500 scholarships will awarded at the opening reception.  The show runs from May 2-June 1 at the Memorial Union Gallery with an opening reception on May 2nd from 5-7pm.  Spread the word and get ready to apply!  5 entries per student.



Jerry Richardson in Review

Exhibition dates: Feb 27-Mar 11, 2017

Reception and Studio Inaugural Ceremony: Thursday,Mar 9 beginning at 4:30-5p.m.

Exhibition of Jerry Richardson's letterpress work and memorabilia. This former NDSU Communications professor and Public Relations staff donated his expansive letterpress studio to the Department of Visual Arts enabling future generations to study letterpress printing within a book arts concentration.  The exhibition and studio inauguration ceremony acknowledges this important gift and celebrates his professional and creative contributions to the NDSU community and the artistic medium of letterpress.  

The event will be held in conjunction with this year's David Martinson Memorial Broadside Workshop featuring Dr. Stephen Fresh from Milikin University, who will speak at the reception and offer a two-day writing and printing workshop.

NDSU Visual Arts students enrolled in Foundations Drawing will be creating an improvisational mural in the Flakoll Gallery located in Renaissance Hall.  Under the direction of Full-Time Lecturer Andrew Stark, "Collaborative Marks" will enable students to explore the power of collaboration, performance, and imaginative mark-making in a communal space.  Students will begin working on Feb. 7th and complete the mural on Feb. 23rd.  The gallery will be open to the public while the work is unfolding.  A closing reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23rd from 4:30-5:30pm in the Flakoll Gallery.

Artview: Ochre Creative Studios

March 16-July 22

Ochre Creative Studios will be featured at the Plains Art Museum in the Xcel Energy Gallery from March 16-July 22. This exhibition features recent work by all eight members: Emily Beaman, Emma Beatrez, Tyler Gefroh, Ben Neyers, Andrea Qual, Nikayla Snyder and Michael Waltz. More information about the Ochre collective can be found at 

Ochre members have gained local press recently with articles featuring members in Fargo Inc. and the Fargo Forum.  

Project Unpack opens at the Rourke Art Gallery and Museum Dec. 16

North Dakota State University's Project Unpack is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 16 at 1pm at the Rourke Art Gallery and Museum in Moorhead.  A reception will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  An artist talk and musical program begins at 2 p.m.

The exhibit, titled "Project Unpack: A Retrospective," will highlight stories of veterans and their family members which were collected by Department of Visual Arts chair Prof. Michael Strand and artist Josh Zeis.  Heirloom cups were created by veterans and family members in workshop held by Strand and Zeis which share oral history excerpts.  

The project is a collaboration between NDSU and North Dakota Veteran Affairs.  During the past year, Project Unpack has includes literary and ceramics workshops, lectures, and oral history workshops in Fargo-Moorhead.

The Rourke Art Gallery and Museum is located at 521 Main Ave. in Moorhead, MN.

Come check out some fantastic work by students, residents and visiting artists!  Dec. 9 from Noon-6pm in Renaissance Hall room 314!!


Michael J. Strand, Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, has been selected for the second annual Phi Kappa Phi Lectureship. He is scheduled to present " At Human Scale" Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7pm in the A. Glen Hill Center, room 112.  Strand is a 2014-16 Bush Foundation Fellow and was named " 2015 Ceramic Artist of the Year" by Ceramics Monthly.

Political cartoonist, performer, and historian Steve Stark will present a lecture on Monday, November 21 at 3:30pm in rm 114 Renaissance Hall.  Stark is an award winning editorial cartoonist with over 3000 published political cartoons.  He's illustrated four books and hundreds of cartoons and illustrations fro educational, newspaper, book, magazines and advertising publications.  He was named a North Dakota Humanities traveling scholar with his portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt and a North Dakota Council on the Arts Artist-in-Residence.  He is a cartoonist and columnist for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and created the weekly Forum feature of This Week in Our History as well as two Forum illustrated supplements on the History of the Red River Valley.

Stark is a 2016 recipient of the NDSU College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.

Memorial Union Gallery, 2nd Floor, Memorial Union, 2016 Baccalaureate Exhibition, Reception November 22nd, 5-7pm.

The Visual Arts Department and the Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University are pleased to present the artworks of the Bacalaureate Graduation class of Spring 2016. The exhibition will be on display in the Memorial Union Gallery from November 22-December 8th.  The Gallery will host an opening reception on Tuesday, November 22nd 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 Spring 2016 Baccalaureate Exhibition features the artwork of the following students: Cassie Baasch, Carolyn Hausladen, Logan MacRae, and Elizabeth Smith.

The Flakoll Gallery, 1st Floor, Renaissance Hall, 2016 BFA Preview, Reception: November 21,5-7pm

The Visual Arts Department at North Dakota State University is pleased to present the artworks of Yeseul Lee, Kingsley Permenter and Kaitlin Ridl.  These student artists will be exhibiting their most recent artworks in an exhibition that will be on display in the Flakoll Gallery from November 21-December 8th.  The Gallery at Renaissance Hall will host an opening reception on Monday, November 21st 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.

Lecturer Andrew Stark will be showing new paintings in a solo exhibition at ecce gallery in Fargo.  His research explores a reinterpretation of the Modernist sublime in relation to the human condition and environment.  Stark teaches Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Foundations.  The show will run from December 2 - January 4 with an opening on Dec. 2 from 6-8pm.  Ecce Gallery is located at 216 Broadway in Fargo.

Student Emily Beaman will be giving a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 18th about her experience with Viterbo.  Viterbo is an intensive art travel program offered through Montserrat College of Art which offers students a four-week study abroad opportunity.  The residential program affords art students housing and courses in painting, drawing, photography, art history and writing.  Classes are held in the Cultural Association of Rosa Venerini in Viterbi, about 90 minutes north of Rome.  The lecture is scheduled for 10am on the 5th floor of Renaissance.

2016 FACULTY EXHIBITION: October 4, 2016 - November 3, 206

This Exhibition features New Works by: Kimble Bromley, Eric Johnson, Kent Kapplinger, Aaron Kirchhoff, Meghan Kirkwood, Tim Lamey, Michael Strand, Andrew Stark, David Swenson, Sarah Tancred, and Malcolm Thompson.

2016 FACULTY EXHIBITION RECEPTION: October 18, 2016; 5 - 7 pm

The Memorial Union Gallery is proud to present a Reception for the 2016 Faculty Exhibition. The Visual Arts Faculty at Renaissance Hall give us an insight into their creative processwith an exhibit that showcases recent works & explorations. Join us for food, conversation & community.

Prof. Kristi Groberg,Ph.D presented the research paper "The Evil Eye: Satanic Representations of Andrei Belyi in the Visual Arts" at the Association Canadienne des Slavistes Conference, Calgary, Canada, 2016), in May 2016. By invitation and funded by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This year’s NDSU Art Cinema Series,developed originally by Prof. Groberg and curated annually since 2005, began its 12th season this September 26th. Thanks to an agreement with the Fargo Theatre, students and the general public are able to attend (at a reduced rate) films and documentaries about art or artists, or films which are works of art in and of themselves, one film every month during the academic year. This program has served 14,000+ student and community members since 2005. Posters are distributed in Renaissance Hall, the Fargo Theatre, and various downtown Fargo businesses.

NDSU Visual Arts Faculty and students are participating in "Outrage," an exhibition at UND's Hughes Fine Art Center during the North Dakota Arts & Humanities Summit in Grand Forks, ND from Sept. 16- Oct. 28.

NDSU Art/PEARS director Kent Kapplinger and master printer Eric Johnson, along with Visual Arts students Josh Barduson, Lauren Gaffney, Kelsey Hanson, Megan Johnson, Anna Kohnen, Sam Larson, Tanner Lind, Sarah Martinson, Ben Neyers, Michaela Smith, Chance Taylor, Amy Tichy, Taija Turpin, Sydney Ulrich, and numerous alumni will be participating in "The Matrix," 2016 Tri-College portfolio print exchange on Oct 15 from 2-4pm. All prints will be exhibited at the Plains Art Museum from Oct 8, 206-Jan7 with an opening reception from 6-8PM on Oct 13.

"Last Piece," by Kapplinger will be showing at "NDCA 50th Anniversary Exhibition" at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND from October 28.

NDSU Art/Pears continues " 5under 45-sih" publishing projects with emerging local artists. Master printer Eric Johnson along with NDSU Visual Arts students under direction of PEARS director Kent Kapplinger completed collaborative projects with Dennis Krull and Carrie Lee Wendt.  "Celestial Hound," a 30 x 22" serigraph was printed with Krull and "Only the fleeting moment," a 22 x 22" serigraph/relief was printed with Wendt.  Both editions are available through NDSU Marketplace or by contacting the Visual Arts department    

Students from Prof. Kimble Bromley's Painting 1, Advanced Painting,and Advanced Drawing currently have exhibit in the Flakoll Gallery located in Renaissance Hall.  Students were each given a print created by Dorothy Speilman and asked to create something new out of the print. The exhibition will run through October 21st.

Student Bea Weber's work will be featured at the Salon Three Five as part of the Fargo Art and Ale event Thursday, October 13 from 5-9pm.

Student Ben Neyers will be participating in the Wandering Ghost Pop-Up Gallery on Saturday , November 19 from noon- midnight.  The venue will be announced the week of the exhibit.

We are are excited to start the 2016-17 school year we have many new developments.  Our new digital lab is now up and running, with over $50,000 in new equipment we are thrilled to house Graphic Design/Illustration and Photography in this space!  Additionally we welcome two new instructors on board, Andrew Stark in Design/Digital Media and Anthony Faris, who is also the Memorial Union Gallery curator, is teaching our thesis course.  

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