Student Salon showcases best of undergrad art
A mosaic by studio arts major Daniel Blees on display in the 2018 Student Salon. “My life has been a collection of individual parts that has been collected into a whole life,” said Blees. “I recreate that by making artwork that requires a second, closer look to see the individual pieces.” Image courtesy of Gordon Parks Gallery.

Student Salon showcases best of undergrad art

A group show at the Gordon Parks Gallery features works created by studio arts majors at Metropolitan State University.

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Studio arts professor wins 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award
Rasmussen shaped her book into an infinity symbol and fit it within a wooden case made by her grandfather. "I wanted [my grandparents] to find a way to continue their conversations from life into death," Rasmussen said. "I wanted to help them carry on this love that they have for one another." Photo courtesy of Erica Rasmussen

Studio arts professor wins 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award

Erica Spitzer Rasmussen honored for ‘The Love Affair,’ a sculptural book of her grandparents’ letters.

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‘The Human Anomaly’ at  Gordon Parks Gallery
Image courtesy of Gordon Parks Gallery

‘The Human Anomaly’ at Gordon Parks Gallery

“It’s some­thing you assume your col­lege has. And I feel slighted that we don’t,” said Jes­sica Maistro­vich, Stu­dent Sen­ate Trea­surer, in explain­ing her drive to cre­ate a mascot for Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity. “Mas­cots cre­ate a sense of com­mu­nity and belong­ing. Hav­ing one can add that sense of fun that some­times we’re miss­ing as a more adult col­lege,” she said.

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Defying labels & making an imprint
Studio arts professor Amy Sands discusses depth and contrast in Yareli Ortiz Villarreal’s ballpoint pen drawing assignment in the Introduction to Drawing class during the summer semester. Students were asked to complete 2 pieces: a countour line drawing from a still life using graphite (bottom) and a perspective drawing using a ballpoint pen (top). All assignments were displayed on the wall of the fine arts studio as students took turns offering feedback to their classmates for the final project. Photo by Dominique Hlavac.

Defying labels & making an imprint

It all started with paper. “My father worked at a paper mill so he used to bring huge rolls of paper home and I used to draw grow­ing up. So I’ve always had a strong love of paper,” said Amy Sands, Metro State’s new asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Stu­dio Arts.

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