Art & Design alum launches film fundraiser

Keri Pickett, an alum of the MSUM Department of Art & Design, has a launched a fundraising campaign to support work on a feature-length documentary she has recently completed filming, “The Fabulous Ice Age.”

Highlighted in the film is the story of skating pioneers Eddie and Roy Shipstad and Oscar Johnson, who started out entertaining people on the ponds of Minnesota and ended up inventing “Ice Follies”- the first touring ice show; Sonja Henie, once known as the richest woman in Hollywood, entertained crowds at hockey games on her way to movie fame and fortune; great showman John H. Harris helped create “Ice Capades,” and businessman Morris Chalfen introduced “Holiday on Ice” to the world.

“The Fabulous Ice Age” introduces the people who loved ice-skating and changed the world by following their passion. These spectacular shows dominated live entertainment for decades and now they are gone or have transformed into a new genre of skating.

The author of three books, Pickett was a 1982 recipient of the Young Alumni Award from MSUM. More information about her film and fundraising campaign can be found at