The sixth annual Art-A-Fair hosted by Minnesota State University Moorhead’s School of Art recently brought around 300 students from 25 schools in the region under one roof to explore and exhibit art.
An awards ceremony held in the middle of the busy day honored students’ budding creative talent and the dedication of teachers from across the area. [For a full list of winners, scroll to the end of this post.]
Administrators from Fargo Public Schools attended to help honor colleague Sharon Eide, who received the 2020 Legacy Flame Award, signifying a lifetime achievement of passing the flame and making an impact on the lives of students.
A graduate of MSUM, Hager and her students have attended the art fair since its inception. This year, her school took home two big awards during the ceremony, including Best Minnesota Art School and the individual Best in Show award presented to Maya Kruger for her piece entitled “Squint.”
“I fought it a little bit, but I knew from an early age that I wanted to go into art education,” Hager says. “Art called me from an early age. I was a creative and curious kid. Both my mom and dad did a good job of providing materials for me, and that love kept blossoming.”
Interactive sessions offered throughout the day at Art-A-Fair featured over 20 workshops, including psychedelic screen printing with assistant professor Brett Lysne, Chinese brush painting with professor Zhimin Guan, special effects makeup for theater and film with associate professor Ricky Greenwell and drawing a “real” dragon with Red River Zoo animals lead by professor Jim Park, plus many more.
Teachers weren’t left out of the fun, either, with professional development sessions held throughout the day. Among others, these sessions included an introduction from Gallery Director Wendy Fuglestad as well as building with plaster molds led by Tara Swartout. The program director and art education professor at MSUM, Brad Bachmeier, drove the point home with his workshop “Yes You Can,” an exploration of all the career options in the arts.
As varied as the background of the young participants involved were, Bachmeier offered a snapshot of the expanding fields in demand including arts education. He grew up in a small town with limited art opportunities, but was encouraged to pursue art by his mother. The second he picked up clay for the first time, he says he found his calling.
Now, Bachmeier works with students and regional teachers to inspire more people with educational opportunities, including at MSUM, which is the largest art education program in the tri-state area. Through the art fair, he’s been able to inspire educators and encourage the pursuit into art fields.
“I tell them this all the time and they’re so surprised, but I came from the little tiny town of Marion, N.D., and we did not have any art in high school,” says Shelli Fenske, an art instructor with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Public Schools. “I was well supported by my mother because she knew I was passionate about it. That’s what I tell my students, to grab onto something you’re passionate about.”
Support from Art-A-Fair also comes from the Kiwanis Club of Fargo, which provides funding for awards presented to 26 students as well as faculty members, providing gift cards for art supplies.
“Our mission is to serve the children of the world,” says Mark Hensrud, the local Kiwanis Club president. “Since this is a showcase of high school students, we feel this was a great way to give back to our community.”
While the artwork from the sixth annual Tri-State High School Exhibition is no longer on display, the art gallery in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts now features another group of young artists in the Student Juried Exhibition, on display through Feb. 27. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
This article is part of a content partnership with the Fargo Forum and appeared in print on Monday February 10, 2019.
Gallery photos above courtesy of Elkana Munganga.
|Honorable Mention Drawing||Alecia Akers||Detroit Lakes High School||Squid Ink|
|Honorable Mention Drawing||Emily Tjaden||Hawley High School||The Outlook|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Drawing||Gracie Erickstad||Sheyenne High School||The Believer|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Drawing||Jennifer Chao||Davies High School||Heart of the Woods|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Drawing||Maya Kruger||Hawley High School||Ocean Eyes|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Drawing||Shalie Bucholz-Lipp||Perham High School||Seeking Human Kindness|
|BEST IN DRAWING||Chloe Schindler||Kennedy Secondary School||Sister|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in 2D Mixed Media||Grace Tiffany||Underwood High School||Astronomy|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in 2D Mixed Media||Nori Donais||Kennedy Secondary School||Illuminate|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in 2D Mixed Media||Trent Regner||Sheyenne High School||The Revolution of Our Time|
|BEST IN 2D MIXED MEDIA||Alison Astrup||Moorhead High School||Sitting|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Printmaking||Haylie Tritch||Davies High School||Obsession with Bones|
|BEST IN PRINTMAKING||Anna Kronbeck||Hawley High School||Memoryscape|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Sculpture||Hayden Hogenson||Hawley High School||Breaching Blackwater|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Sculpture||Olivia Propeck||Davies High School||I’m Fine…|
|BEST IN SCULPTURE||Ella Walen||Fargo North High School||Select Parts|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Photography||Brooke Jennison||Fargo North High School||Underwater|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Photography||Holly Vogl||Webster Area High School||Into the Wild I Go:Losing|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Photography||Karl Swenson||Kindred High School||Leaning Tree|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Photography||Marc Horikoshi||Underwood High School||Jam Session|
|BEST IN PHOTOGRAPHY||Diamond Johnson||Dakota Memorial||Water on Leaf|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Media Arts||Hannah Sweeney||Fargo North High School||Just Steve|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Media Arts||Olivia Eggerud||Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School||Do It|
|BEST IN MEDIA ARTS||Hallie Hogenson||Hawley High School||Rogue|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Functional Pottery & Crafts||Amber Lee||Ada-Borup||Peace and Tranquility|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Functional Pottery & Crafts||Gabriel Olson||West Central Area Secondary||Front Porch View|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Functional Pottery & Crafts||Kowsar Ali||Pelican Rapids||Azhar|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Functional Pottery & Crafts||RaeAnna Peterson||Youth Educational Services||Star Sign|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Functional Pottery & Crafts||Yazmine Kimball||Verndale Public School||Swans|
|BEST IN FUNCTIONAL POTTERY & CRAFTS||Julia Bauroth||Fargo South High School||Crow Tea Set|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||Emily Tjaden||Hawley High School||Superior|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||Heather Hummel||Fargo North High School||The Elegant Barn|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||Isaiah Dryburgh||Fosston High School||Hat Trick (Triptych)|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||Ives Hilgers||Moorhead High School||Surcease of Sorrow|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||Korri Dragt||West Fargo High School||Sensitive Soul with a Warrior|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||Marissa Philipp||Sheyenne High School||It meant so much to me, but|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||Martina Weyand||Sisseton High School||What life gives you…|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||McKenzie Carriere||Grand Forks Central High School||Feel’in Bluesy|
|Honorable Mention Award of Excellence in Painting||Olivia Eggerud||Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School||Billowed Day|
|BEST IN PAINTING||Lee Nguyen||Sheyenne High School||11.1.16|
|BEST IN SHOW||Maya Kruger||Hawley High School||Squint|
|Best ND Exhibit||Fargo North High School||Tracy Melendez|
|Best MN Exhibit||Hawley High School||Tara Hager|