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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff
  • Art & Design

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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Arnar, Anna
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 201E
    Phone: 218.477.4631
    Email: arnar@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/arnar
    Anna Sigrídur Arnar is a Professor of Art History and a Women’s Studies Affiliated Faculty at MSUM. She teaches upper level courses in 19th- and 20th-Century Art, Women and Art, Contemporary Art, Design, and Theory (a senior capstone seminar), as well as a special topics course on the History, Aesthetics, and Criticism of the Book. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago in 2000. Currently, she is preparing a book manuscript entitled "The Book as Instrument. Stéphane Mallarmé, The Artist’s Book, and Avant-Garde Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century France". She has also worked on a contemporary performance group called the "Icelandic Love Corporation".

    Bachmeier, Bradley
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: KH 226
    Phone: 218.477.5989
    Email: bachmebr@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/brad_bachmeier.aspx
    Brad Bachmeier graduated with a B.S. degree in 1993 in art education with concentrations in painting and ceramics. He finished his M.F.A. in ceramics in 2008 at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Brad has taught art for fifteen years at all levels in K-12 public education in both North Dakota and Minnesota. His work is collected nationally and has been featured on HGTV’s “That’s Clever” TV program as well as being awarded the 2007 national NICHE award in wheel-thrown ceramics and the 2008 third place award in ceramics in the international “ARTBUZZ” competition & book publication. Brad exhibits work regularly in regional venues often in conjunction with ceramic forming and firing or business and marketing workshops at post-secondary institutions. Brad shows annually at the Rourke gallery and museum as well as nationally in top juried art fairs. Brad and his wife Susan have four children, Mackenna, Addison, Clay and Kyler.

    Brown, Kenneth
    College Lab Services Specialist
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 175A
    Phone: 218.477.2153
    Email: brownk@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Ken graduated from MSUM with an Industrial Technology Degree. He supervises the wood and metal shops and demonstrates proper usage of power and hand tools. He assists the students in making frames, building sculptures, welding, and just about anything else they need for their Art & Design classes. Ken has been the College Lab Services Specialist since 1978. Ken's hobbies include woodworking, photography, and traveling.

    Cantieri, Loretta
    Adjunct Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 27
    Phone: 218.477.5963
    Email: cantieri@mnstate.edu
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    Guan, Zhimin
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 202
    Phone: 218.477.4633
    Email: guanzh@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/zhimin_guan.aspx
    Born in Anhui, China. Received BFA from Fuyang Teacher’s College in China 1984. He taught painting, drawing, illustration and design at Dalian Polytechnic University between 1985-1995. He earned his MFA in painting and drawing from Fort Hays State University in 1998. Since 1998, he has been a professor of art at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Guan has exhibited his paintings, drawings and prints throughout the United States and China in museums and galleries include: China National Art Gallery in Beijing, China Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Hangzhou, Singapore Asian Artist Gallery, The Salmagundi Club, Asian Cultural Center in New York City, CCC/USA, Philadelphia, The Museum Services-Minneapolis Foundation. Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Fraser Gallery in Washington DC; Murphy Hill Gallery in Chicago; Museum of the Southwest in Texas, North Dakota Museum of Art, Rourke Art Museum, and The Plains Art Museum in Fargo. For the past 18 years, Zhimin Guan has had 15 one-man shows and has appeared in more than 200 selective professional exhibitions and received 25 art awards throughout the US and abroad. He received the 2010 McKnight Fellowship from the Lake Region Art Council with funding from the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. He participated the 2012 Contemporary Chinese Art Invitational residency and exhibition at Blue Roof Gallery in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.

    Holland, Shirlee
    Office & Admin Specialist Senior
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 161
    Phone: 218.477.2317
    Email: shirlee.holland@mnstate.edu
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    Shirlee has worked in the Department of Art & Design since 2005, and has been employed at MSUM since 1985.

    Iverson-Hannaher, Loral
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 116D
    Phone: 218.477.2094
    Email: iversonl@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/loral_iverson_hannaher.aspx

    Kinney, Lauren
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 161
    Phone: 218.477.2151
    Email: lauren.kinney@mnstate.edu
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    Knutson, Debra
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA
    Phone: 218.477.2317
    Email: debra.knutson@mnstate.edu
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    Olson, Trygve
    Adjunct Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: KH 227
    Phone: 218.477.2698
    Email: olsontr@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/trygve_olson.aspx
    Trygve Olson graduated with his BA in studio art from St. Cloud State University, in 1974. Since 1984 he has been providing The Forum newspaper with illustrations and editorial cartoons. In 1999, 2001 and 2005 his editorial cartoons received first-place in the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. His work has been reproduced in research papers of the North Dakota State University, University of Minnesota and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). His editorial cartoons are in the collections of the Oklahoma Memorial Museum (Oklahoma City), the Forbes corporate headquarters (NYC) and President’s Office of North Dakota State University (Fargo). He exhibits his art on a regular basis at the Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead and Fergus Falls (MN) Community College. Since 1998 he has been an adjunct faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

    Oltvedt, Carl
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 161A
    Phone: 218.477.4632
    Email: oltvedt@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/carl_oltvedt.aspx
    Carl Oltvedt began teaching at MSU Moorhead in August of 1983; prior to that he taught at Alma College in Alma, MI for three years. He is currently a full-time Professor in the Department of Art & Design. He has worked as a guest artist in regional schools, and abroad at the Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland. He exhibits his work regularly at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, and other regional venues. Oltvedt's paintings and drawings are included in the permanent collections of the Honolulu Academy of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota State Historical Society, the North Dakota Museum of Art, the Plains Art Museum, the Rourke Art Museum, as well as numerous private and corporate collections. He received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship in 1991 and a Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Fellowship in 2002.

    Park, Jim
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: KH 224
    Phone: 218.477.4638
    Email: parkji@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/jim_park.aspx
    Professor Park joined the Art & Design faculty in 2000. He teaches Basic Drawing, Foundation Design I & II, and also offers specialized workshops during the summer, teaching oil pastel and soft pastel painting techniques. Professor Park earned his BFA from Brigham Young University, Provo UT with an emphasis in Interior Design. He worked for several years as an Interior Designer and Architectural Illustrator in Utah and Minnesota before furthering his education by earning a MFA degree with an emphasis in drawing and printmaking from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL. Professor Park has also illustrated four Interior Design textbooks.

    Rastegar, Leila
    Adjunct Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 161
    Phone: 218.477.2151
    Email: leila.rastegar@mnstate.edu
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    Short, Sherry
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: KH 228
    Phone: 218.477.2310
    Email: shortsh@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/sherry_short.aspx

    Shynkaruk, Wil
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 165B
    Phone: 218.477.4636
    Email: wil@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/wil_shynkaruk.aspx

    Silvers, Holly
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 161
    Phone: 218.477.2151
    Email: holly.silvers@mnstate.edu
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    Sinner, Kelli
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 275
    Phone: 218.477.2512
    Email: sinnerke@mnstate.edu
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    Stark, Andrew
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 22
    Phone: 218.477.2284
    Email: andrew.stark@mnstate.edu
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    Vincent, Patrick
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 161
    Phone: 218.477.2151
    Email: patrick.vincent@mnstate.edu
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    Walla, Chris
    Faculty
    Art and Design

    Office: CA 174B
    Phone: 218.477.4625
    Email: wallach@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/art/meetthefaculty/chris_walla.aspx
    Chris Walla received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in sculpture from Western Washington University in 1997. In 2003 Chris graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with his Masters of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in sculpture. Currently he lives in Moorhead, Minnesota and teaches all levels of sculpture in the Department of Art and Design at Minnesota State University Moorhead.