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Featured Artist Works Displayed in the Offices of the Governor

October, November, December 2008 - Minot State University art instructors: Jim Bailey, Dr. Andrea Donovan, William Charles Harbort, Linda Olson, Walter Piehl, Jr., Doug Pfliger, Patrick Sheldon and Avis R. Veikley

Jim Bailey: As an undergraduate art major, Jim Bailey enrolled in his first ceramics course in 1992 at Minot State University. In the spring of 1993 Jim joined Davy Pottery located in Burlington, North Dakota. In 2002, Jim finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 2005 he graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master of Fine Arts degree and three years experience as an Instructor of Record. From 2005 to 2007 Jim completed a residency at the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City Montana. Jim is currently an Instructor at Minot State University, teaching ceramics and other related studio courses. He exhibits locally, regionally and throughout the United States. Jim's current work entails ideas on certain aspects of American culture and how this relates with our need to individualize or decorate our personal spaces. Using an aesthetic rooted in the hot-rod, custom and competition automobile culture, Jim has transformed ceramic vessels to a realm of decoration that elevates them as symbolic objects.

Dr. Andrea Donovan: Andrea was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For the past eight years, she has lived, worked, and painted in Phoenix, Arizona. She now resides in Minot, North Dakota teaching art history and humanities at Minot State University. Her degrees include work in painting, design, art education, art history, architectural history and historic preservation, European history, and cultural studies with a PhD. in European history with an emphasis on art history. Active in Michigan and Arizona in painting, photography, and singing, she continues her artistic pursuits in Minot by painting and working on her photography and participating in the Minot Chamber Choral.

William Charles Harbort: a.k.a. Billy Chuck moved to North Dakota in 1996 to teach graphic design in the art department at Minot State University. Prior to his teaching engagement he worked as a commercial artist in New York. Within the past three years he has exhibited art in Milwaukee, Detroit, New York, Minnesota, Montana and around North Dakota. His ornately framed multi-media pop-paranoid collages are often poured-on with a clear acrylic that helps hold together strange bits of ephemera ranging from old paint-by-numbers to plastic ants. He is fascinated with each individual ingredient and the infinite messages that can be expressed by combining and juxtaposing them. It is through this process that he discovers meaning and expresses thought.

Linda Olson: Linda Olson teaches as a full professor at Minot State University, as she has since 1990. She was selected to chair the Humanities Division at Minot State University in 2005. Olson currently serves as director of the North Dakota Art Gallery Association, (NDAGA) and serves on the board of Museums in North Dakota, MiND. Olson has professionally documented many Native American rock art sites, completing comprehensive petroglyph and pictograph records. Olson has work in several public collections including the Skien, Norway Art Center, the University of North Dakota, Bemidji State University, the Wind River Historical Center and several private collections. Linda Olson was raised in McHenry County, North Dakota, and graduated from Minot State University cum laude with majors in art, English and psychology. She earned a Master of Arts, Magna cum laude, in 1987 from the University of Montana and a Master of Fine Arts, Magna cum laude, from the University of North Dakota in 1990.

Walter Piehl, Jr.: Walter was born in Marion, North Dakota and has taught at Minot State University since 1970. He has an M.F.A. from the University of North Dakota and has done post graduate study at the University of Minnesota. His artwork deals with Western Americana; in particular, cowboys and cowgirls, and addresses the subject in a contemporary painterly expressionistic manner.

Doug Pfliger: Doug was born and raised in North Dakota. In 1984 he graduated from Minot State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. He taught art in the public school setting for 13 years before receiving an M.F.A. in painting from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks in 1997. He taught at Northern State University at Aberdeen, South Dakota prior to accepting his current position with Minot State University in 2001. He has worked in a number of different series: “Chairacters,” “Toys will be Toys,” “Homes to Go,” “Trailers West,” “Doug’s Dogs,” and most recently the “Similarity Series.”

Patrick Sheldon: Patrick Sheldon is a North Dakota native who currently teaches courses in graphic design and photography at Minot State University. Prior to teaching, he was a lead graphic designer and an art director in the web design and printing industries, respectively.  Through printmaking, Patrick pursues his interests in typography, signage and the North Dakota landscape. He currently resides in Minot with his wife, Shanda.

Avis R. Veikley: Avis Veikley is director of the Northwest Art Center at Minot State University. Before joining MSU full time in 2006, she worked for over twenty years as a commercial graphic designer. Also an active musician, Veikley teaches percussion for the MSU Music Division, plays with the Minot Symphony Orchestra and is choir director at Congregational United Church of Christ in Minot. Ms. Veikley received her BS from Minot State University in music and art, and has studied painting and drawing at the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, New York, and the Art Students League of Denver. She is currently a master's degree candidate at the University of Northern Illinois - DeKalb.

Minot State University Art Instructor images
Photo of Jim Bailey
Artwork by Jim Bailey
Jim Bailey
Jim Bailey's artwork "Seventy One"
Photo of Andrea Donovan
Artwork by Andrea
Dr. Andrea Donovan
Dr. Andrea Donovan's artwork
Photo of Bill Harbort
Artwork by Bill Harbort
William Charles Harbort
William Charles Harbort's artwork "ND in Love"
Photo of Linda Olson
Artwork by Linda
Linda Olson
Linda Olson's artwork "Western Red Lily"
Photo of Walter Piehl Jr.
ARtwork by Walter
Walter Piehl, Jr.
Walter Piehl, Jr.'s artwork "Strike Me"
Photo of Doug Pfliger
artwork by Doug
Doug Pfliger
Doug Pfliger's artwork "Migration"
Photo of Patrick Sheldon
artwork by Patrick
Patrick Sheldon
Patrick Sheldon's artwork "Untitled"
Photo of Avis Veikley
artwork by Avis
Avis R. Veikley
Avis R. Veikley's artwork "Golden Valley"
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