Andrew David Stark
Assistant Professor of Practice Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Foundations
Office: Renaissance Hall 324F
M.F.A. University of North Dakota
B.F.A. Minnesota State University Moorhead
Andrew Stark is an Assistant Professor of Practice at North Dakota State University where he teaches Foundations, Drawing, Advanced Level Drawing Studio,Figure Drawing,Graphic Design and Illustration. He was born on the North Shore in Two Harbors, MN and was raised in Fargo, ND where he began drawing and creating as a child. Greatly involved in music, theater, and art through his young adulthood, Andrew continued his passion for drawing and painting throughout his post-secondary education. He earned his B.F.A. in 2003 from Minnesota State University Moorhead and his M.F.A. with an Emphasis in Painting from the University of North Dakota in 2009. He has taught Basic Drawing I & II and Drawing Studio II at UND and Basic Drawing I & II, Life Drawing, and Foundation Design at MSUM. Andrew is also involved in community education classes at the Plains Art Museum where he teaches Drawing and Acrylic Fundamentals & Color Theory.
Andrew’s work varies greatly in style and technique and moves between abstraction and figuration, reveling in the materiality of painting/drawing materials and mediums. His work has explored a wide range of conceptual concerns including reinterpretation of the modernist sublime, impermanence and transcendence, and the human condition as it relates to the landscape and environment.
His work has been exhibited extensively regionally and can be found in numerous regional and national private collections. His public and corporate collections include Minnesota State University Moorhead, University of North Dakota, TMI Hospitality, Vogel Law Firm, Dawson Insurance, Gate City Bank, West Acres, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Hotel Donaldson.
Who are your role models or inspiring folks?
Role models are everywhere to guide our thinking and I have had so many it is difficult to narrow their influence. My undergraduate and graduate professors were particularly inspiring mentors because of their passion, curiosity, enthusiasm, and encouragement. They taught me it is ok to fail, to push boundaries within my work, and to see and think about the world in a new way.
Outside of art and design fields, what inspires you?
The natural world continuously inspires my work with its sublime complexity, beauty, and variation. Music is also a constant refuge in my life and influences how I think and make my work.
What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?
The time you are given as an undergraduate to make art is very precious and you should not be afraid to explore all manners of creation with great intensity and passion. Don't be afraid to fail and believe in yourself.
What was your most memorable meal?
My mother's homemade bread as a child. Rolling out the dough with flour dust flying, watching it rise, and smelling the bread as it baked in the oven was especially impactful and tremendously vivid in my memory.
In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?
A sketchbook, an ink pen, and a picture of my two children.