Carl Oltvedt Reflects on his Teaching Philosophy

“Spring Arrival,” acrylic, by Carl Oltvedt

“Spring Arrival,” acrylic, by Carl Oltvedt

“I am an artist and I am passionate about what I create in my studio work.  I am a teacher and I believe wholeheartedly in sharing what I know; part of the sharing is passing on knowledge, technical expertise and hopefully inspiration that being an artist is not only possible, but vital: vital to the next creator and also to those who experience what she/he has to share.  I often go to museums to visit “old friends”, which is a phrase coined by a dear friend and mentor of mine, Eric Erickson.  With each visit, the work has not changed, but I do; I see new relationships within the work and within myself.  I see strength and courage that I can lean on when I doubt or question myself in terms of direction.  Doubts and questions are a constructive part of growth where you look back within to find your path.  Hundreds of students have been in my classes during my career and I am proud to have had the opportunity to be a guide during part of their lives; becoming a professional in the arts is a difficult decision and path to follow, but seeing it as possible is imperative.  I have thirty-five years of full-time university/college level teaching experience and an additional six years of part-time teaching experience as a graduate TA and in community education. “

Carl Oltvedt works full-time as an artist in a variety of painting and drawing media. He retired from Minnesota State University Moorhead in May of 2015, where he was a Professor in the School of Visual Arts.  He continues to teach workshops and short-term classes in the region.  His work has been exhibited at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis since 1978.

His paintings and drawings are included in numerous public, corporate, and private collections.  He has completed commissions for corporations and private collectors including Cargill Corporation, Minnesota Mutual, Securian Corporation, Microsoft, and the Laske family.  He was a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants in 2014 and 1991, and a Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Artist Fellowship in 2002.

Rave Reviews for "Victor/Victoria"

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The critics are raving about Artistry's production of Victor/Victoria, directed and choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell. Check out the quotes below and don't forget to get your tickets soon - they're going fast!

"Ferrell’s production is suffused with understated elegance...Victor/Victoria stirs the heart." - Rohan Preston, The Star Tribune

"Beautiful, thought-provoking, sexy, glitzy, and filled with marvelous jazz music." - Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page

"A sublime vehicle for its eponymous star...Ann Michels balances deftly between empowerment and doubt." - Dominic Papatola, The Pioneer Press

"Sizzle and style." - Arty Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

"Michels brings the house down." - Basil Consindine, Twin Cities Arts Reader

Artistry Instructor Erin Paradis is Recipient of 2019 Jerome Artist Project Grant

Erin Paradis, a well-loved instructor here at Artistry, is one of three ceramic artists to be awarded the 2019 Jerome Artist Project Grant. The Jerome Foundation “supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, who take risks and embrace challenges, whose developing voices reveal significant potential, who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production…”

We couldn’t agree more with their decision… congratulations, Erin!

 
Dotty Pink Arms , earthenware, glaze, underglaze, by Erin Paradis

Dotty Pink Arms, earthenware, glaze, underglaze, by Erin Paradis

 

Erin Paradis is a ceramic sculptor, living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  She has been a Visiting Assistant Professor and is currently a Lecturer in Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of Minnesota.  She has worked extensively as an artist, resident, and instructor at art centers and academic settings around the country including Odyssey Clayworks, Penland School of Craft, and Colorado State University.  She has traveled internationally and has shown work at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Scotland.  Paradis’ work is inspired by moments of uncertainty she experiences and how she gains clarity through encounters with seemingly ordinary structures, spaces, and objects in her daily life.  These moments are abstracted into her ceramic sculpture and composed into her installations.

Summer Camps are Open for Registration

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Registration has opened for our Summer Camps program, running June 10 to August 9. Campers will spend the summer with talented Artistry teaching faculty exploring painting, pottery, acting, illustration, and much more! Options available for young artists going into grades 1 -9, find more information here.

Artistry Represented at Arts Advocacy Day

Artistry Executive Director and Arts Advocacy Day Team Leader Andrea Specht visited the state capitol on March 12 with a fierce team of over 700 advocates, educating our legislators about the importance of arts in the community.

Thank you to Minnesota Citizens for the Arts for organizing this incredible opportunity to inform our elected officials of the effect arts funding has on Minnesotans. And of course, thank you to all those that support the arts!

Arts Advocacy Day Team (including Artistry Executive Director Andrea Specht) with Rep. Michael Howard

Arts Advocacy Day Team (including Artistry Executive Director Andrea Specht) with Rep. Michael Howard

 
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Alignable Recognizes Leah Hughes as Bloomington's Small Businessperson of the Year

After two months of nominations and voting, Artistry’s Senior Director of Operations & Community Partnerships, Leah Hughes, has been named Bloomington’s Small Businessperson of the Year by Alignable. Described by one user as “Facebook for small businesses,” Alignable is an online networking platform designed to help local companies build relationships and “increase buzz.” 

Over the last seven years, Leah has led more than ten-fold growth in Artistry's outreach programs, which now engage over 8,000 children and adults in arts experiences offered in collaboration with more than 130 community partners. Our partners include the Bloomington Public Schools (BPS), multiple county library systems, senior centers, and organizations that serve persons with disabilities, among others. Leah is a co-leader with BPS staff of our Kennedy Center-certified "Partners in Education" team.

We thank Alignable for recognizing one of our Artistry staff rock stars in Leah!

Senior Director of Operations & Community Partnerships, Leah Hughes

Senior Director of Operations & Community Partnerships, Leah Hughes

 

Artistry Receives Omar Bonderud Award for Human Rights

Artistry Board President Brian Prentice, Executive Director Andrea Specht, and Director of Community Partnerships Leah Hughes (foreground) join Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead and Human Rights Commission Chair Jared Leese (left) at the podium at the December 4 City Council meeting.    

Artistry Board President Brian Prentice, Executive Director Andrea Specht, and Director of Community Partnerships Leah Hughes (foreground) join Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead and Human Rights Commission Chair Jared Leese (left) at the podium at the December 4 City Council meeting.    

Artistry's community outreach program brings theater and visual arts experiences to thousands of people of diverse ages, abilities, and cultural and economic backgrounds. In recognition of our work to make the arts accessible to all, the City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission honored Artistry with the 2017 Omar Bonderud Award. This prestigious award recognizes our intentional efforts to engage and include underserved populations, including our partnerships with Bloomington Public Schools, arts education initiatives with senior citizens and persons with disabilities, Pay What You Can performances, "Next Generations" pricing for people aged 30 and under, and more. 

In an award presentation ceremony that included comments by Minnesota Commissioner of Human Rights Kevin Lindsey, Artistry was also lauded for working with the Bloomington Human Rights Commission to raise awareness and spark discussion, through art, about the experiences of children of immigrant parents. 

Artistry’s outreach program has grown from serving 575 people in 2010 to more than 7,000 in 2017. We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to arts access, humbled to join the list of more than 38 past Omar Bonderud Award recipients, and grateful to the individual and institutional donors who support our mission.    

Artistry Wins 2017 IVEY Award for "Emotional Impact"

Director Benjamin McGovern accepts the IVEY Award for “Emotional Impact” for his production of  Wit.  September 2017.

Director Benjamin McGovern accepts the IVEY Award for “Emotional Impact” for his production of Wit. September 2017.

The IVEY awards were an annual celebration of the best work produced in Twin Cities theater, awarding less than a dozen trophies each year to productions and individuals from the 80 participating organizations.

2017’s production of Wit, helmed by Artistry Producing Artistic director Benjamin McGovern, received IVEY recognition for "Emotional Impact.”. Wit, which starred Sally Wingert as Dr. Vivian Bearing, was hailed by critics as "sublime" and "simply devastating," and sold out its run in the black box theater.