In which we explore a few of Minnesota’s many fantastic art offerings. Let’s take a trip through the Twin Cities!
Featuring the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Soo Visual Art Center, Soap Factory, Law Warschaw Gallery at Macalester College, Burnet Gallery at Le Meridien Hotel, and Walker Art Center.
Born and raised in north central Minnesota, Samantha French graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. French’s current body of work explores the idea of escape, the tranquility and nostalgia for the lazy summer days of her childhood. The series is inspired by Samantha’s own reflections and memories of her childhood summers spent in the lakes of Northern Minnesota. French actively exhibits her paintings and is included in many private and public collections throughout the country while her work has garnered extensive international and national press. She is a full-time painter and keeps a studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Hi! Just wanted to say that about two years ago I discovered your art and it really really inspired me! Ive always loved art but never really thought that it was something I could do in life, well, two years later I'm heading to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the fall! And truly it was because I stumbled upon your art and fell in LOVE! I'm going to be majoring in animation and couldn't be happier :D
Wow gosh this is the sweetest message ever! I don’t know what to say <3 <3
I’m so glad you’re happy and doing something you love! Congrats and best of luck :D
Luisa Rivera es una artista e ilustradora originaria de Chile. En 2011 obtuvo su Licenciatura en Arte y durante el año 2012 consiguió una beca Fulbright para cursar el Master of Fine Arts en el Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Como ilustradora, ha trabajado con clientes como The New York Times, Variety, Brigitte MOM, Transparency International UK, Oxford American, Deloitte, La Peste,UVA y Espacio Gastronómico, entre otros. Además, ha publicado tres libros ilustrados —Trenzas, Breviario Mínimo y Subterra— con la editorial Liberalia. En el año 2013, obtuvo un FONDART (Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Cultural y las Artes), que actualmente es la fuente más importante de financiación para artistas en Chile. Además de su carrera como ilustradora, participa regularmente en muestras de arte en las que exhibe su trabajo personal.
¿Qué despertó tu interés por la ilustración?
Desde un comienzo, me interesó la idea de poder narrar o contar historias con imágenes, porque siento que es algo muy primitivo y necesario para nosotros. Es algo que trasciende a los idiomas o, mejor aún, los une.
From interstellar cowgirls, to badass biker babes, artist Tuesday Bassen is no stranger to perfectly capturing the beauty of the strong female type. Amidst the chaos of the LA Art Book Fair, we caught up with the young graphic designer to learn about her struggle to make a name for herself within a male-dominated industry, and the inspiration behind her work she describes as “slumber party meets Easy Rider.” Get to know Tuesday a little better, and prepare yourself to fall pen-over-paper with this ball of talented energy.
It’s my final semester at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and I’m very excited to start showing off some work that I’m producing for my Senior Project! I’ll be doing a series of animated character illustrations. This is the first in the series, so look forward to seeing more of these!
Hey Owen. This is a really important question. What colleges does Cartoon Network hire from? Like what college can you go to that you can get a job at CN after you're done it? I wanna work at CN some day. Thanks in advance.
Every college. Also no college. It doesn’t matter. They only care about your work.
Cartoon network isn’t some faceless, monolithic creature that just hires out of job fairs at colleges or something, it’s made up of people who see other people’s work and hire those people.
I went to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I know people who went to California Institute of the Arts, I know people that went to School of Visual Arts in New York, I know people that went to random community colleges, some who went to Louisiana State University, various Canadian colleges, places in Tennessee. I know people that didn’t even major in animation and people that didn’t even finish college.
Point is: it doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that you work very hard at your craft and make yourself known to people. Make your work, distribute your work, do what you need to. People will notice you and after seeing your great work they’ll want to hire you for whatever it is they need. However, this will probably take like 6-10 years (assuming you’re an 17 year old trying to figure out college right now).
There’s no guarantee that going to art school is going to get your a job at your dream company as an artist, but there’s a pretty good chance that working hard at your craft will get you close to it.
Not only that, but your dreams and desires for what you want to do will change as you age. When I first went to school I wanted to do 3D animated special effects and stuff. When I was in school I found out that animating 2D cartoons was pretty fun, so I took that route. Then, in my after my last year of college I thought maybe I didn’t even want to do that anymore and I ran away to teach English in China for a few years. Things change. I never thought I could get the job I currently have, nor that this job even existed.
So I wouldn’t worry about it. If you want to go to art school, don’t choose the school based on some random company that want to work at right now, choose it based on what skills you think it can help you with and if the culture there is a proper fit for you. Your skills will shine through if you have the passion for it and you’ll eventually work your way to wherever it is you want to be, regardless of what school you do or do not attend.