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Virtual Artist Spotlight + Bird Expert

Please join us on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm for a live virtual event featuring Artist and Wildlife Biologist Ross Hier and Bird Expert and University of Minnesota Crookston Professor John Loegering. John and Ross will be talking about birds, birds in our area, and art!

We are holding this event in conjunction with our current exhibit — Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists.

This event will be live on FaceBook and YouTube. It will be recorded so you can watch it afterwards as well. Contact Trey Everett with questions at treyeverettcreates@gmail.com

Roots of the Red River Valley Through the lens of Russell Lee

Roots of the Red River Valley
Through the Lens of Russell Lee

January 9 – March 21, 2021
Heritage Hall

Hjemkomst Center
202 1st Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560

Roots of the Red River Valley offers an intimate look at one of the region’s economic pillars in this photographic history of Polk County’s 1937 sugar beet harvest. The exhibition includes 84 images from acclaimed photographer Russell Lee, taken primarily near Fisher, Crookston, and East Grand Forks. In Roots of the Red River Valley, Lee’s images are ordered into three distinct categories highlighting the role of the farmer, migrant worker, and factory. The exhibition invites viewers to ponder the lives of rural and migrant laborers, particularly their relationships, families, and homes.

Russell Lee was born in Illinois in 1903. He attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. He left his work in chemical engineering to take up painting, which in turn, led to his keen interest in photography. During the Great Depression, Lee was employed by the federal Farm Security Administration on a photographic documentation project. He joined a team under the direction of economist and photographer Roy Stryker that also included Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein. Lee documented the human stories of segregation, the Great Depression, WWII, internment camps, and much more. His work with the Farm Security Administration brought Lee to the Red River Valley in 1937. Following his work with the FSA he enlisted in the military and served as a photographer with the Air Transport Command. He finished his career as the first instructor of photography at the University of Texas.

Roots of the Red River Valley: Through the Lens of Russell Lee is sponsored by American Crystal Sugar.

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Roots of the Red River Valley: Through the Lens of Russell Lee was produced and designed by UMN Crookston‘s Ken Mendez, Megan Beck Peterson, and Lauren Wallace.

UMC is Requesting Proposals for New Art

University of Minnesota Crookston            

Request for Proposals for New Art at University of Minnesota Crookston 

Dowell Hall Project 

The University of Minnesota Crookston (U of M Crookston), part of the University of Minnesota System, serves and is located in the Northwest region of the state of Minnesota.  The University of Minnesota Crookston is seeking artist proposals for a two-aspect project: (1) a significant outdoor art piece to be placed near Dowell Hall, which is a major classroom building and (2) 15 to 20 wall hanging pieces to be installed in a number of the classrooms/ stairwell landings inside the hall.  Aspect 2 pieces should tell different stories but support one chosen theme.  Funding is available as a result of major remodeling occurring in Dowel Hall’s third floor science laboratories. 

The art must first align and support both the University of Minnesota’s mission and the University of Minnesota Crookston’s campus mission and effectively communicate the University of Minnesota Crookston’s vision and values as well as its Land Acknowledgement Statement (see pages 1-2).  Second, the art should align with the general criteria of the U of M Crookston Art Committee (see bottom of page 2).  Finally, the art must align with the specific Dowell Hall project thematic direction (see page 3).

Proposal Contact and Submission Information

The project is being shepherded by the U of M Crookston Art Committee. Final approval of the project will be given by the Chancellor of the University.  Inquiries and arrangements to visit campus can be made by contacting Associate Professor George French at gfrench@umn.edu or 218-281-8266.  Proposal should be submitted to him as well.  Electronic submissions are preferred. 

University of Minnesota Mission

The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that understanding enriches all people, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the region, state, the nation, and the world. 

University of Minnesota Crookston Mission

The University of Minnesota Crookston delivers educational programs that build upon a broad academic foundation and combine theory, practice, and experimentation in a technologically rich environment. We prepare students for career success, advanced study, and engaged citizenship in a diverse world. We integrate teaching and learning, research and scholarly work, and outreach and engagement to serve the public good.

University of Minnesota Crookston Vision and Values 

Vision

The University of Minnesota Crookston fulfills its modern land grant mission by ensuring we are passionate about learning and discovery to serve the public good.

We achieve this vision by:

  • Creating and being leaders who are ethical and innovative, culturally and globally competent, and committed to engagement in their communities.
  • Connecting all students – on campus and online – to each other, the campus, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.
  • Conducting research and scholarly work that enhance learning, benefitting the region and beyond.
  • Cultivating a spirit of U of M Crookston and Golden Eagle pride.

Values

  • Student Success: Realizing individual potential through personal attention, mentorship, high-impact teaching and learning, and encouraging self-discovery
  • Diversity: Embracing the richness and value of individual differences, ideas, cultures, and communities 
  • Leadership: Making a difference while serving others with integrity, honesty, fairness, and respect
  • Community: Building relationships with each other and our neighbors for the benefit of all
  • Innovation: Promoting discovery and problem solving through creative and critical thinking, research, and scholarly work
  • Sustainability: Making choices that meet the environmental, economic, and societal needs of the present while safeguarding a vibrant future
  • Continuous Improvement: Using evidence, data, and best practices to improve academic programs, student support and services, and business and operational processes

University of Minnesota Crookston Land Acknowledgement Statement

The University of Minnesota Crookston is situated on the lands of Native Nations and carries the legacy of their struggle for survival and identity. As part of our core value to embrace the richness and value of differences, ideas, cultures, and communities, we acknowledge these Native Nations to learn from their ways of knowing and being, and to work with them to create a more equitable and inclusive future for this region.

U of M Crookston Art Committee Criteria for Campus Art

U of M Crookston seeks art that (1) promotes the mission of the University with consideration given to engaging the greater community, (2) reflects the beauty and character of the Northwest Minnesota region and culture including reflecting the diversity of our region, (3) is of the highest possible quality, (4) commissions area, regional, and state artists, as much as possible, and (5) is attractive and understandable to the casual observer.

Dowell Hall Art Project Thematic Direction

The University of Minnesota Crookston currently brands “Small Campus Big Degree” and “I Am Crookston” to help communicate its mission, vision, and values.  We embrace the experience that a small campus offers, and Dowell Hall is an important classroom building for our small campus learning environment.  Unlike a large campus where specific subjects are taught in separate buildings, Dowell Hall is a major classroom building on our campus for most subjects we offer and represents not only the teaching of those diverse yet interconnected subjects, but also the mission, vision and values of the University.  Although we seek timeless art, we desire art that captures the importance of our small campus and the individual contributions of everyone who is part of the University of Minnesota campus and surrounding community (I am Crookston and Small Campus Big Degree).

We seek art pieces that are (1) representational—acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of our region; (2) informational—communicating our values, vision, and mission; (3) motivational—leading our community toward educational and service goals; and (4) institutional—representing “Golden Eagle Pride.”

Representational:  We seek to draw attention to celebrate and advance the acceptance of diversity on our campus, region and world.  

Informational:  We seek to reinforce the specific core competencies (communication, working with others, and critical thinking) and developed skills of our students. We wish this art piece to be a teaching and reflective learning tool for prospective and enrolled students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members who discover and develop their individual roles and continually provide their diverse contributions in executing the mission, vision, and values of the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Motivational:  We seek to motivate students, faculty, and staff alike to pursue the limitless potential of human activity for the betterment of humanity.  We wish this art to serve as a reminder to us that our campus helps build a bridge to our community, world, and future. 

Institutional:  We seek to allow everyone to realize that they are, through their actions, the Golden Eagle, the mascot of our campus.  Golden Eagle Pride represents the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors. The eagle also represents the native heritage of our region which we are keen to acknowledge and emphasize.

Project Location Information

Both aspects of the project will be created for Dowell Hall.  Location information for each aspect is provided below.  Artists should see the Proposal Contact Information section of this document (page 6) if additional details are desired for either aspect.

Project Aspect 1:  Significant Outdoor Art Piece Location

The outside project location includes the two grounds situated near the major southeast walkway into Dowell Hall and the blank exterior wall of Dowell Hall (identified with arrows in Figure 1).   The two ground locations could be considered individually or one ground location combined with the wall space could be considered. Dimensions of the ground locations are provided in Figure 2.

Figure 1:  Visual Location of Project Aspect 1:  Significant Outdoor Art Piece

Figure 2:  Dimensions of Ground Locations Available for Project Aspect 1

Project Aspect 2:  Location and Size Information for Inside Wall Hangings

Dowell Hall is a major classroom building, consisting of three floors.  Aspect 2 of the project calls for 15-20 art wall pieces to be placed in classrooms and on the walls of the 2nd and 3rd floor stairwells.  The pieces could vary in size, for example 8”x10” to 22”x28” (could also be square) all maintaining a consistent design tying the multiple pieces together.

Figure 3 provides a few examples of the spaces available for this aspect of the project.  See the Proposal Contact Information section of this document (page 6) if a fuller file of pictures is desired.

Figure 3:  Examples of Dowell Hall Classroom and Stairwell Wall Spaces

Project Budget

The artist’s bids for this project must be all inclusive meaning all costs for the project including research, design, materials, labor, site preparation and installation must be planned for by the artist and must be covered by the budgeted amount.   The art must also be the original work of the artist. 

The total budget for this project is $45,000.  A suggested division of the funds is $25,000 for Aspect 1 and $20,000 for Aspect 2 although our priority between the aspects is Aspect 1.  Thus, consideration will also be given to proposals that modify this suggested division of funds.   Artists may bid on one (either) aspect only or on both aspects together.   

Project Proposal Information

Project/Proposal Timeline and Submission Requirements

1.   Proposals must be received by February 15, 2021.  A brief resume of the artist’s art training and art work is required with 3 to 7 pictures of prior work.    Proposals must include sketches/photos along with narrative descriptions of the proposed piece(s). Electronic submissions are preferred.     

2.   Proposal evaluations, interviews and research will be conducted in March with the award being given approximately April 1. 

3.   All aspects of the installation of both the outside and inside projects should be completed by August 15, 2021.  Arrangement for a completion date beyond August 15, 2021 may be considered. 

Evaluation of Artist Proposals

Priority for choosing a proposal will be given according to the following:

  • Proposal aligns with the mission and criteria statements described earlier in this document 
  • Artist’s relationship to our region and/or relationship to UMN Crookston and/or alumni status 
  • Prior projects and experience
  • Beauty and quality of specific proposed piece(s) 
  • Ability to work with the project timeline and budget 

Rights Reserved

As it pertains to this project, the University of Minnesota Crookston reserves the right to the following actions: 

1. Reject any proposal submitted 

2. Duplicate all materials submitted for purposes of RFP evaluation

3. Negotiate as to any aspect of the proposal with the awardee.

Annie Fitzgerald in concert with special guest M French

Join Singer-Songwriter and Crookston native Annie Fitzgerald in Concert, with special guest M French, for an evening of songs and the stories behind them.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH 

Live at Kiehle Auditorium (U of MN, Crookston Campus)

2900 University Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716

Doors open at 7pm. Music at 7:30pm

$12 in advance / $15 at the door

UMC Student tickets available at the door with Student ID ($10)

*Online advanced ticket sales will be available until 12:30pm Oct. 5th. Tickets will be available at the door after that time. 

*Parking is available outside of Kiehle Auditorium, on the University of MN, Crookston Campus 

ANNIE FITZGERALD’s music has been described as a blend of Tori Amos intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickells baroque spirit (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun to wide acclaim in June of 2018. Produced by Danny OBrien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. Since her first release In Good Time, Fitzgerald spent time a part of the NYC Indie scene, started a family, and welcomed a move back to her home state of MN and a newfound sense of space to create. You & Me & the Sun explores connection, vulnerability, love, and sparks in the span of time navigating the balance between motherhood & her life as a songwriter. (www.anniefitzgerald.com

Singer-songwriter M FRENCH has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French’s melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French’s debut full length album, Sweet Love, IS OUT NOW. Sweet Love offers 10 original songs exploring the Americana landscape. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), and recorded during the long Minnesota winter of 2018, the tracks provide a sonic foundation built upon catchy guitar hooks, and the blending of pedal steel and synth lines. French unpacks universal themes of love, kindness and community with a conversational lyricism that invites the listener to find themselves in his stories. M French’s audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends. (www.mfrenchmusic.com)

(*The University of Minnesota is not endorsing or sponsoring the activities conducted by Annie Fitzgerald and friends on the U of MN Campus. The relationship between the University of Minnesota is solely that of licensor and licensee.)

TICKET LINK:

https://anniefitzgeraldconcert.brownpapertickets.com

NW Star Award Recipient George French

Northwest Star Award Winner is George French

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that George French of Crookston has been selected as the 2019 Northwest Minnesota Star Artist of the Year for his lifetime achievement in music, specializing in piano and organ.

French is an Associate Professor and Director of Music/Theater at the University of Minnesota Crookston and has been there for 39 years. Early in his career, he taught elementary and junior high school music.  He is the church organist at Trinity Lutheran church and part-time organist at First Presbyterian church. He has been involved with the Crookston Community Theater, directing and acting in musicals and plays, and is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Crookston Rotary and Masonic Lodge. 

French disclosed that he feels fortunate. “I never really feel like I go to work”.  He explained that “Arts are critical in the development of students; development of the person. The arts are part of the whole educational process that will fulfill a need in all people. The arts and arts organizations like the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council are terribly important, especially in a rural area.”

Asked if he had any advice for aspiring artists. He said, “Grab onto the opportunities when they come. Know your limitations, but you can grow and learn. Set new goals and aspirations.” 

Sandy Perkins explained, “George’s influence in the arts in the area of NW Minnesota and throughout the state is widely known and appreciated. His talents and influence are exceptional to all who know him and work with him.”

Reverend Gregory Isaacson shared, “George affirms people in their gifts and helps them to shine in their own performance.” Finally, former Chancellor at UMC Charles Casey praised French’s work at the college. “Each year it was amazing to watch George find and support the talents of the students coming to campus from across the country and around the world. Before long he would have them performing for the enjoyment of the campus, community, and region.”

The Northwest Star Artist Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. “Of the Year” Award winners are nominated by area residents. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. Funding for the Northwest Star comes from the McKnight Foundation.  

Congratulations George French on winning the Northwest Star Award!