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Art-A-Fair sparks flame for art education career

Elysa Christensen’s interest in MSUM was first sparked when she participated in the university’s annual Art-A-Fair. As a college senior, she now helps high school students find that passion.

A SMART Start to College Life

For Chloe Flynn, making valuable connections in MSUM’s SMART Start program helped ease the transition from high school to college.

Gary Johnson receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Gary Johnson '88 has received the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award for making significant contributions to his community by using his passion for computers.

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.