High School Artists Inspire and are Inspired

The School of Art’s Art-a-Fair celebrated a little bit of everything on Friday, Jan. 28, with the highlight of awarding ‘Best of Awards’ to 10 area high school students in nine categories. We also recognized the Best North Dakota Exhibition - Grand Forks Central High School and Best Minnesota Exhibition - Underwood High School. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Check out our winners and photo gallery below.

More than 250 high school students and their teachers from three states attended workshops to learn and be inspired. MSUM faculty, guest artists and alumni offered 25+ workshops on various topics, including careers in the visual arts, art education, art therapy, digital design, photography, illustration and more.

“It was clear the students were inspired by their interactions with award-winning artists who have turned their passion and their talent into meaningful careers,” said MSUM President Anne Blackhurst. 

President Blackhurst not only enjoyed the students’ work at Art-a-Fair, she humbly sat for guest artist Gerry Kulzer, a professional sculptor working in bronze and clay. He worked on a portrait bust of the president. Kulzer is also Midwest Dairy’s official sculptor and is the official butter sculptor at Minnesota’s annual state fair.

“MSUM is proud to serve as a regional hub for art and music education,” President Blackhurst said. “We’re also inspired and energized by the opportunity to interact with the next generation of regional artists. If their passion and talent are any indication, the future of the arts in our region is in great hands.”

We celebrate Art-a-Fair every year on the last Friday of January. If you’re interested in participating in the exhibition or attending the workshops, talk with your art teacher and share the Art-a-Fair website with them!

Our School of Art and School of Media Arts & Design offer exceptional programs for students interested in careers where you use your creative and innovative talents. Visit our website to explore majors in art, art education, animation, film or graphic and interactive design.

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