November 2009 Archives

Holiday card contest winners

Artwork by two UMD Art + Design seniors will be featured on cards sent out by the SFA Development Area. Senior Art Studio B.F.A. major Lori Buoen-Beyer's artwork "Yardbirds" will be used on a holiday season card, and senior Graphic Design B.F.A. major Becca Bear's painting "Owlten" will be used on a thank you card.

The cards are produced in a collaboration of Art + Design with SFA Development. Rob Hoffman, SFA Director of Development, says, "the cards are an important way to show the good work being done by our students and personalize the messages we send to our donors and supporters." The cards also have brief artist biographies as well.

The artwork was selected from an A+D student competition by a committee of SFA staff including Dean Jack Bowman; each selected artist received a $300 scholarship and $50 gift card donated by UMD Stores.

More alum news-Nathan Maydole's Emmy nominated film

This film was directed by Nate Maydole, who earned a BFA from UMD.

A screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary film, "Walking Into the
Unknown," based on Native American health issues. The film features
UMD and Medical School Duluth alumnus Dr. Arne Vainio. A discussion
with Dr. Vainio follows the film. See below for more information on
the film.*

When: Wednesday, December 2, 6:00 pm

Where: Kirby Ballroom, 3^rd floor Kirby Student Center, UMD

Free and open to the public ** Refreshments served ** Please announce
to students in your classes!

*This 65-minute film featuring Dr. Arne Vainio traces the intimate
journey of a middle-aged American Indian male through the healthcare
system as he gains a deeper understanding of himself and the health
risks he faces. Dr. Vainio, who is an enrolled member of the Mille
Lacs Band of Ojibwe, is an alumnus of UMD and the Medical School,
Duluth. He is a physician at Min-No-Aya-Win Clinic on the Fond du Lac
Reservation, Cloquet.

Frustrated by middle-aged Native men not coming in for health
screenings, he came to the realization that he also was avoiding the
necessary screenings. The film gives special attention to diabetes,
heart disease, stroke, suicide, and alcoholism.

For more information and to view a trailer, please visit

Exhibition News - faculty and alums

The */"Elements"/* portfolio, a collaborative project produced by the Northern Printmakers Alliance and including work by *Robert Repinski*, Associate Professor of Art and Design and his former students,  A&D* *alumni *Joseph Shores and Robb Quisling* has been selected for exhibition at the Samlagrafik Gallery in Landovagen (Vaxjo) Sweden in December 2009.  Arrangements for the exhibition were facilitated by Alison Aune, Associate Professor of Art Education, who is currently teaching and conducting research in Sweden on a Fulbright grant.

Alumni news

Aaron McLeod (BFA  2009) has had two prints selected for inclusion in an exhibition entitled "Prints as Activism", which will be on view from December 11th to March 5th, 2010 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This was a highly competitive call for entries as only 50 artists were selected from over 170 international submissions.  McLeod's work in both photography and print has also been featured recently in the Morrison Gallery of the Duluth Art Institute.

UMD Grad Ginny Maki included in show at Pohlad Hall Mpls

My Precious: Obsession, Collection, and the Souvenir
Tuesday, November 17, 7 pm Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library
  300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Artists James Cleary, Beth Barron, Andy Ducett, Joan Iron Moccasin, and Ginny Maki explore topics of appropriation, memory, and desire.

Rob Wittig Speaking at International Conference in Norway

UMD faculty member Rob Wittig will be delivering two talks at a the
conference "The Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative
Interdisciplinary Art Practice" at the University of Bergen in Norway,
November 8-10 2009. Wittig teaches for the UMD Art & Design and Writing
Studies departments.

Wittig will present in a panel on Collective Narratives Online, with
his  paper: "What's Hard is Hard, What's Impossible is Easy. An
investigation  of fruitful generative constraints for networked
collaboration, starting  with e-lit pioneers Invisible Seattle, and
incorporating ideas from  Graphic Design, and other collaborative

He also will participate in an evening of readings and performances at
Bergen's Fine Art Museum (Bergen Kunsthall) with a
reading/demonstration  called "The Sport of D├ętournement, The
D├ętournement of Sport, Basic  Skills for Media Remixers," in which he
will explore elements of the  culture of LiveSkyping parties.