Living Art Museum
The Living Art Museum exhibits art for education and cultural enrichment.
The concept behind the Living Art Museum involves a philosophy of inclusiveness — as we attempt to communicate with diverse audiences on terms related to their interests.
The placement of art in various campus buildings is based on themes, concepts, or issues that are relevant to academic disciplines housed in the respective locations. Art may appear anywhere you turn. You might see an 18th century painting in one building and then an Andy Warhol screen print in another.
UND Living Art Museum Sites
Expanding art beyond the confining walls of a traditional museum building, the Living Art Museum plays an important role in educating students, allowing us to teach and research what art is and is not.
The Living Museum places artworks at numerous satellite gallery locations throughout campus. Some collections are permanent and others rotate—while all pieces are handled with a professional standard of care.
Chester Fritz Library
In addition to the East Asia Room, new gallery spaces were opened in 2011.
The College of Education building was the first Living Art Museum to utilize the whole building. As part of a building renovation, the collection features art collections, including Audrey Fleck's Daphne.
The art and historic photographs displayed in the Education building were all carefully selected with the theme of education in mind.
Audrey Flack is an artist who likes to break rules. Her colossal sized sculpture of Daphne, which lives in UND's Education Building, illustrates her ability to transform a female mythological figure into a contemporary, yet timeless piece. Flack's Daphne piece residing at UND is a hand-painted polyurethane cast sculpture with extending tree branches.
Getting Daphne into place was a major undertaking. Standing eight feet high on its base, it was an awkward piece to handle, particularly when trying to fit it into a tight glass display case. To accomplish this feat, the sculpture was placed on a wooden platform to wheel Daphne into her case.
Gorecki Alumni Building
Housing both offices of admissions and alumni, the Gorecki Alumni Building serves as a starting and ending point for all UND students.
The Gorecki collection features various pieces that define North Dakota, including works from students, faculty and staff.
Art in Honors is an exhibition curated by the Fall 2018 Intro to Fine Arts Honors class with guidance from our instructor and UND Art Collections Manager and Curator, Sarah Heitkamp.
The work on display is as varied and unique as the Honors Program itself. The selected pieces of artwork were created over a period of four centuries by eight different artists.
The exhibition that is now on display in the Honors Program lounge in Columbia Hall.
Hughes Fine Arts Center
The Hughes Fine Arts Center is home to the UND department of Art & Design and music programs. The building features the American Indian Leaders of Distinction exhibit in the Anna Mae Hughes Gallery, as well as, various space for student work.
The building also features The Mural at the Edmond Hughes Fines Arts Center, which has been inspiring art and design students for generations, which reflecting on students that came before them.
The mural was first painted in the early 1980s. The left half of the mural's composition derives from a "fantasy collage" postcard that was designed by UND painting professor Brian Paulsen in 1978. The mural also incorporates compositional elements not found in Paulsen's postcard image. The bug-like creature in the mural was often used in prints and drawings by another art professor, Ron Schaefer. The floor-drain motif recounts a series of prints by former Art Department chair Jackie McElroy-Edwards. Also added in the mural are references to fishing—a theme related to recreational interests of former Art Department facilities technician (and UND alum) Steve Garner, who oversaw the tool room.
It was originally Steve Garner's idea to execute the mural. Paulsen joined Garner in the painting process with the assistance of UND art students. In September 2009, one year after the Department's name was changed to Art and Design, Paulsen restored the mural with special funding provided by the Myer Foundation.
Indian Studies Department, O’Kelly Hall
Displays Native American objects from the Merry Claymore Ketterling Collection. The collection includes clothing items and regalia, food collection containers and implements, and a child's doll.
The various objects represent upper midwest tribes, providing students and the community an opportunity to see traditional Native American artifacts that are often only known through reproductions in books.
Merry Claymore Ketterling tells her story about an art collection that was named in her honor by the Indian Studies Department.
"I began working in the Indian Studies Department in 1985 and retired 22 years later. I never went to college until I was encourage by one of the department's professors, Dr. Mary Jane Schneider, to take her classes – starting with Native American art. One day I got a call from a friend who worked in the warehouse at the University. She told me about a box of Native American things she thought I might be interested in seeing. When I opened the box, to my surprise, I saw quillwork I knew was old because it was dyed with natural colors. Dr. Schneider helped to look through the boxes. We knew that some of the pieces were Chippewa – they were velvet with beaded floral designs. Others pieces, with asymmetrical designs, indicated that they were Lakota.
"After these items were relocated to the Indian Studies Department, I understood their potential value to the University as objects representing my traditions and history. They represented the way we lived. They are objects that I can show to my children and grandchildren so they can learn more about our culture.
"My favorite piece is the doll. I remember my grandma had a doll like that, but she probably sold it because we were so poor. The railroad came through the reservation and brought white travelers from the East who wanted souvenirs. Because we needed money, our families rarely kept objects like these. Having these items here at the University for people to see, reinforces that we Native people are still here in the Dakotas. Our culture and traditions are still alive!"
Merry Claymore Ketterling
Former Administrative Secretary
UND Department of Indian Studies
Excepted from the book, Storytelling Time, 2010
The original prints exhibited in areas surrounding the Scale-Up Classroom were created in conjunction with UND’s 2012 Arts & Culture Conference: Binary Inventions, Art & Culture in the Digital Age.
The artworks exhibited here relate to the issue of recent digital technologies that are available to “scale up” processes utilized in contemporary printmaking.
The artworks on display here were produced with Sundog Multiples — a printmaking enterprise operating as a joint venture between the Department of Art & Design and UND Art Collections, with generous funding provided by The Myers Foundations.
School of Law
The School of Law features artwork from Cody Marks and Honoré Daumier, a French artist who commented on social and political life in the 19th century.
School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
Art adorns the hallways, open spaces and meeting rooms of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences building.
The artworks selected for the School of Medicine & Health Sciences were hung for the new building’s dedication on October 14, 2016. Some artworks make reference to issues of health, while others were selected for purely aesthetic purposes. While some artworks in the building make direct reference to medical issues or themes, all of the artworks can be viewed as having relevance in a building devoted to educating future generations of health professionals.
The UND Presidential Portfolio 2010 is a portable “gallery in a box” containing 13 matted prints from UND visiting artists.
University House, which was completed in 2008, is the residence of the President and First Lady of the University of North Dakota.
UND has a strong tradition of Presidents and First Ladies who have shown interest in the arts, and the art on display throughout the house illuminates such interest.
On display are works by historically renowned artists, including Rembrandt and Picasso. Some of these works are removed at times for exhibitions elsewhere, or for educational purposes across the campus, in keeping with the spirit of the Living Art Museum.