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  • School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts

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  • School of Visual Arts

    The School of Visual Arts teaches students the basic principles of art, instructs students in the use of materials, encourages the investigation of the creative processes, and provides a framework for understanding the field of art in the historic and contemporary context. This knowledge forms the basic visual and conceptual vocabulary that is used to explore one's personal expression.

    Faculty members have diverse educational and professional backgrounds with academic degrees from major universities in the United States, and abroad. Almost all full-time faculty members have a terminal degree in their area of expertise (MFA; PhD). The diverse backgrounds of the faculty members, and their diverse approaches to teaching and creative production, combined with high standards in professional practice, create an atmosphere of excitement and challenge in the department. The Roland Dille Center for the Arts provides a unique artistic forum –including a variety of studio spaces and an exhibition gallery – that encourages personal exploration, creative expression and a strong artistic community. Art majors are prepared to perform competently whether they go on to professional practice, teaching, or post-graduate study.

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  • MSUM archaeologist retires after 40 years in the trenches

    INFORUM, By Tu-Uyen Tran MOORHEAD—When Mike Michlovic arrived at Minnesota State University Moorhead to start a field anthropology program, he said he was told to not bother digging in the Red River Valley because there’s nothing here. Forty years and a dozen archaeological sites later, he and his students have discovered much about the life […]

    Ceramics and Printmaking Sale today

    May 5, the MSUM Ceramic Guild and the Works on Paper Guild will hold their annual sale in the Great White Hall located in the Center for Arts, just outside of the Rolland DIlle Gallery. The sale will run from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a perfect opportunity to pick up something special […]

    Retiring MSUM art professor auctioning works to benefit students today

    Fourteen works of art by artist and art professor Carl Oltvedt will sell during a silent auction intended to raise money for the Carl Oltvedt Juried Student Award Endowment. Oltvedt is retiring from MSUM after 32 years of service. Bidding on the works, donated by Oltvedt, begins at 3 p.m. on April 29, at a […]

    Alumnus Linnea Fitterer promoted to public art manager for Cincinnati-based organization, Artworks

    Linnea Fitterer, who earned a BA from the School of Visual Arts with an emphasis in Art History in 2014, has just been promoted to the position of Public Art Manager for the Cincinnati based organization called ArtWorks. In this role, Fitterer will oversee a variety of new and existing public art projects from conception […]

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