Features student art, hands-on workshops, award ceremony

MSUM’s annual tri-state high school juried art exhibition runs through Jan. 28 in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The juried exhibit is part of the School of Art’s Art-a-Fair, culminating in art workshops Friday, Jan. 28.

Guest artist to sculpt MSUM President Blackhurst

This year’s special guest will be artist and educator Gerry Kulzer. Kulzer is a professional sculptor working in bronze and clay. He’s also Midwest Dairy’s official sculptor and is the official butter sculptor at Minnesota’s annual state fair. MSUM President Anne Blackhurst will sit for Kulzer at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the Center for the Arts Hansen Theatre stage while he creates a clay sculpture.  

Additionally, a collaborative public art project will be in progress on Friday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the art annex. This year’s project will be two large-scale pixelated post-it note murals created by the attending students.

Juried exhibit awards ceremony

A panel of professors have juried the exhibition sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Fargo and will award over $1,000 in prize money at a ceremony Friday, Jan. 28 at 12 p.m. in the Hansen Theatre. Student winners will be announced in eight categories, including painting, drawing, 2D mixed media, printmaking, functional pottery and crafts, sculpture, photography and media arts. A best exhibit prize will also be given for the best North Dakota and Minnesota school.

This year’s award ceremony will also feature the School of Art’s announcement of the “Art for Change” project, a school/community social justice partnership with Churches United for the Homeless. The School of Art received a $20,000 Lake Region Arts Council grant to work with diverse artists who will lead students, community members, volunteers, shelter staff and residents through the visioning and creating of five murals over 12 months.

Art-a-fair workshops

More than 300 students and teachers from high schools in three states will attend workshops from 10 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. by visual art, media art and music faculty, advanced students, regional arts organizations, and local artists. Students select from among 26 topics, including digital design, beginning wheel throwing, caricature art, sculpture, screen printing, advanced painting, body art, comics and illustration, art therapy, media art, music sessions, creative career possibilities and more.

This event is funded by the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation, the MSUM Comstock Fund, and the Kiwanis Club of Fargo.