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  • Arnar, Anna
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 201E
    Phone: 218.477.4631
    Email: arnar@mnstate.edu
    Anna Sigrídur Arnar is a Professor of Art History in the School of Visual Arts as well as a Graduate Faculty Member and Affiliated Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies Program 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 special topics courses “The Book: History, Culture, and Art”, and “Modernism/Postmodernism: Narratives of the 20th Century.” In 2011 she published The Book as Instrument. Stéphane Mallarmé, The Artist’s Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture with the University of Chicago Press and was awarded the Robert Motherwell Book Award for outstanding publication in the history and criticism of modernism from the Dedalus Foundation in New York. Her current project is called “Social Spaces of the Book” analyzing artists’ books and sculptural bookworks at perennial exhibitions of contemporary art.

    Bachmeier, Bradley
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: KH 226
    Phone: 218.477.5989
    Email: bachmebr@mnstate.edu
    Professor Bachmeier is a native of Anamoose, N.D., who completed his MFA degree in ceramics from the University of North Dakota in 2007. In 2009, he was recognized with the prestigious N.D. Governor’s Award in Arts Education for his “numerous, significant and continued contributions to the state and region.” In 2013, he was granted the “Excellence in Research and Creative Activity” award at MSUM. Bachmeier’s work has garnered over 40 Best of Show awards and grants including the national NICHE award. Works are held in numerous national collections including the N.D. Governor’s Mansion, Microsoft, S.D. Museum of Art, Plains Art Museum, Dacotah Prairie Museum, Rourke Art Museum and Michelle Obama’s office in the White House. He is one of a few dozen brick sculptors in the country, having large-scale installations in Sanford Hospital Sioux Falls, Concordia College Moorhead, and U.S. Army base, Camp Grafton, Devils Lake, N.D. 

    Brown, Kenneth(Ken)
    College Lab Services Specialist
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 175A
    Phone: 218.477.2153
    Email: brownk@mnstate.edu

    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.

    Guan, Zhimin
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 202
    Phone: 218.477.4633
    Email: guanzh@mnstate.edu
    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
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 161
    Phone: 218.477.2317
    Email: shirlee.holland@mnstate.edu

    Shirlee has worked in the Department of Art & Design since 2005, and has been employed at MSUM since 1985.

    Kinney, Lauren
    Art Gallery Director
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 161
    Phone: 218.477.2094
    Email: lauren.kinney@mnstate.edu

    Olson, Trygve
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: KH 227
    Phone: 218.477.2698
    Email: olsontr@mnstate.edu
    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.

    Pacheco, Carlos
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA
    Phone: 218.477.2656
    Email: carlos.pacheco@mnstate.edu

    Park, Jim
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: KH 224
    Phone: 218.477.4638
    Email: parkji@mnstate.edu
    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.

    Short, Sherry
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: KH 228
    Phone: 218.477.2310
    Email: shortsh@mnstate.edu

    Shynkaruk, Wil
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 165B
    Phone: 218.477.4636
    Email: wil@mnstate.edu

    Sinner, Kelli
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 275
    Phone: 218.477.2512
    Email: sinnerke@mnstate.edu

    Vincent, Patrick
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 161
    Phone: 218.477.2151
    Email: patrick.vincent@mnstate.edu

    Walla, Chris
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Visual Arts

    Office: CA 174B
    Phone: 218.477.4625
    Email: wallach@mnstate.edu
    Walla spent much of his young life on the West Coast. Born in Los Angeles and later moving with his family to the Northwest. The compulsion to make objects and images was present from a very young age. Walla graduated from Western Washington University with his B.F.A in sculpture in 1997. After graduation he maintained a studio and lived in Bellingham, Wash. In 2000 he attended the University of Wisconsin Madison to earn his MFA with an emphasis in sculpture. In 2003 he accepted a teaching position at MSUM where he is a professor of sculpture. In 2006 he was selected as a McKnight Fellow and is currently a nominee for the 2015 Joan Mitchel Fellowship. Walla has had numerous exhibitions both regional and national, most recently a two-person exhibition at the Rourke Art Museum titled Together. Past exhibitions include Wait & See at the Plains Art Museum, Don’t Piss On Me and Tell Me Its Raining at Apex Art, New York, N.Y. a solo installation at Fraction Workspace in Chicago, Ill., and, InWords at the University Gallery in Newark, Del.