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MSUM student powwows his way back home

Dennis, a part-time MSUM student in art education, shares his gift with Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding communities as the powwow’s head male dancer.

Sculpture class brings abstract art downtown

MSUM's Advanced Sculpture class created a twisted sculpture that was set on its pedestal outside the Plains Art Museum, where it now sits until 2024. 

Plains Art Museum CEO speaks on his transformative time at MSUM

Andy Maus, director and CEO of Fargo’s Plains Art Museum, addressed 2022 graduates at MSUM. He earned his bachelor’s degree in studio art in 2002 and his master’s in public, human service and health administration in 2011.

MSUM Nurtures the Next Generation of Artists

MSUM serves as a regional hub for art and music education. Here we foster the next generation of artists and help their passions and talent turn into a meaningful career. 

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!

Celebrating Dragon Veterans 2021 – Amy Leupp

Amy Leupp served four years in the U.S. Airforce station in a Combat Comm unit, which required staying under 24-hour deployment notice.

Welcome to the Dragon Family: Robert Rachow

Meet MSUM’s new College Lab Service Specialist of the Arts and Humanities, Robert Rachow. He is ready to get to work in the art shop by helping students with their projects and overseeing their safety.

Art Students Leave Their Mark on Campus

Three art education students painted a mural on the wall of Hagen Hall.

Inspiring Artists, Past and Present

Sharon Mendola was the kind of teacher who inspired her students to see the world differently.

Art Education Student Finds Unique Way to Share Art with Others During Pandemic

As a part of MSUM’s Art Education program, most students enrolled complete an art therapy field experience course. While it’s just a requirement for some, junior Katie Lou Sandberg decided to go further.

Art Student Leads Club for Kids Amidst COVID-19

Churches United for the Homeless’ weekly Art Club for kids has become a COVID-19 success story thanks to MSUM senior art education and psychology student, Paige Busby.

Joanne Bekkerus: 'Cancer, Momentous Metamorphosis for the Soul'

Joanne Bekkerus, an MSUM alumna and employee, uses art to share her survival story of defeating ovarian cancer.