Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, artist and author Jeff Hagen will be signing his artwork and presenting his new children’s book “Hiawatha Passing” for early sales at Comstock Memorial Union from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.

Hagen is a nationally known award-winning artist and author. His creative work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Outside Magazine,  Publishers weekly and other newspapers across the US, Canada and China. He has authored and illustrated 10 books. His artwork has appeared in Watercolor USA, National Watercolor Society US traveling exhibit, Utah Nationals, Watercolor Wisconsin and other national shows and exhibits. He is a 40-year signature member of The National Watercolor Society.

This summer, he created  a watercolor honoring Fargo-Moorhead and the Red River Valley. The painting and giclee prints will be for sale on Friday afternoon along with advance orders of “Hiawatha Passing.” A portion of all sales will be donated to young artists and Lotts Creek Community School in Appalachia.

Limited giclee print edition of Red River Valley are $150. (16x 20)

“Hiawatha Passing” children’s book and giclee print (from book) are $95.