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Common Ground Lecture Series with Rachel Mindrup

Above Image: Sheri Selph, design, portrait and artwork images, Rachel Mindrup

Rachel Mindrup | Portrait Painter

Noon – April 12, 2024
Via Zoom - Meeting Link:

Hosts and Moderators: Sheri Selph & Alaina Miller

The MTSU Department of Art and Design is excited to host Creighton University Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting, Rachel Mindrup.

Rachel Mindrup is an associate professor of drawing and painting and the Richard L. Deming, MD Endowed Chair in Medical Humanities at Creighton University. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska - Kearney and then continued with atelier studies at the Art Academy of Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her current painting practice is about the study of the figure and portraiture in art and its relation to medicine, healing and identity. Her son's diagnosis has been the motivation behind her series of portraits "Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis (NF)". She is currently painting someone with NF from all 50 states to bring to Washington D.C. when advocating for federal funding for NF research.

Mindrup's work has been shown nationally and internationally including the Queens Museum in Queens, NY, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney campuses, Georgia Regents University, Vanderbilt University and Washington University Medical School. Her artwork is held in many private collections including those of Primatologist Jane Goodall and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

This virtual lecture is part of the Common Ground Lecture Series. This ongoing lecture series aims to highlight interesting and inspiring success stories from artists with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences.

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Image: card design Alaina Miller, portrait images Rachel Mindrup, Common Ground Artist Lecture Series | An ongoing series highlighting interesting and inspiring success stories from Artists with Diverse Backgrounds, Cultures, and Life Experiences.

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Spring 2023 Art & Design Graphic Design Student Portfolio Review

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Graphic Design students meet creative industry professionals at The Department of Art & Design's Portfolio Review. (above) Students work independently in studio space and collaboratively in a variety of methods and media to gain career-building skills and experience. (below)

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  • Art Education: Mural, Practicum II Class Project
  • Graphic Design: Senior Project Exhibition
  • Illustration: Album Cover Project
  • Studio Art – Print Media: Book Arts and Letterpress
  • Studio Art: Ceramics, Intermediate Hand-building, Screen Vessel Project
  • Studio Art – Print Media: Printmaking
  • Graphic Design: Ad Project, detail
  • Studio Art: Painting
  • Foundations: Drawing II, detail
  • Graphic Design + Studio Art, Print Media Collaborative
  • Foundations: 3D Design
  • Studio Art: Ceramics, Hand-building, detail
  • Graphic Design: Publication
  • Foundations – Class Drawing Project
  • Studio Art: Painting, Painting II Class Selfie Project
  • Foundations: 3D Design, Wire Sculpture Project

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