Artwork of UND 's Todd Hebert celebrated at North Dakota Museum of Art


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Artwork of UND 's Todd Hebert celebrated at North Dakota Museum of Art

The artwork of North Dakota native and University of North Dakota alumnus is the focus of a new exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art that is being coordinated jointly with the UND Department of Art and Design.

The Exhibition

The exhibition, titled "Todd Hebert: A Survey," celebrates the works of the titular artist Hebert, who currently is associate professor of painting and drawing in the UND art department. A special event honoring Hebert for his work is set for 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, at the museum of art. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 20.

Todd Hebert

Hebert was born in Valley City, N.D., in 1972 and spent time in McHenry, N.D. In 1980 his father, a high school teacher, moved the family to Dickinson to coach basketball and teach social sciences.

Todd played football, basketball and baseball. He was also involved in the arts. He drew, painted and took art classes under Lilly Stewart, a high school art teacher, and Michael Dunn, a wildlife watercolorist.

"Dunn made watercolors by carefully observing the outdoor world. He taught me to observe and work with great precision, something that is still important in my paintings and drawings." Hebert said.

After high school, Hebert attended UND where he studied under painting and drawing instructor Brian Paulsen, sculptor Pat Luber and printmaker Ron Schaefer. He saw that Paulsen and Luber were always making art.

"Their work method was important to me. I observed that the intellectual side of art and the material side of making art had to be married in order for the art to succeed," He said.

Hebert continued to develop his techniques, especially his ability to render objects of everyday life, such as jack-o-lanterns, baseballs and snowmen mixed with brilliant uses of color and light. He also has exhibits on display at the Devin Borden Gallery in Houston and the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

"After graduating with a BFA in painting and drawing from UND, I applied to the Rhode Island School of Design. I saw that North Dakota artist Nancy Friese was teaching there and thought I might get in," he said.

He graduated from Rhode Island with an MFA in 1998, and accepted a year-long fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. Afterward, he spent two years in a postgraduate residency for art critics and visual artists in the Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art in Houston.

Hebert has received invitations to show solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad, and he was awarded the Emerging Artist Award by Connecticut's Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in 2005.

North Dakota Museum of Art

Museum hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop is open during these hours. There is no general admission, but a $5 donation from adults and change from children is suggested.

The Museum Café is open for lunch, weekdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is available in front of the Museum in the metered parking lot or a block east of the Museum on Centennial Drive in the Visitors Parking.


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