Richard Mittelstadt
Interests in painting, drawing, watercolor landscapes, photography, art education

 

I have always been interested in mark making.  But my first experiences in elementary school were usually copies—observational experiences from books for classroom projects or extra credit.  I especially enjoyed mechanical drawing—anything to do with precision and accuracy that allowed my imagination to soar if only in a limited way.  When my older sister gave me a paint-by-number set, I remember carefully painting right up to the blue lines—never once slightly going over the edges!!  The effect gave the painting a Cezanne painting look with tiny canvas spaces between the colors.  My understanding of mechanical perspective was the highlight of my fourth grade experience as the teacher proudly displayed my drawings.

 

In the junior high school mechanical drawing class, I was asked to draw floor plans of the new middle school that students and parents could use to navigate the maze of corridors and classrooms.  Later my friend’s dad ask me to draw floor plans for their new cottage and my dad asked me to draw floor plans as well as a perspective drawing of the new attached breezeway, car porch and garage before I helped him build them.  Once I entered high school I continued my interest in mechanical drawing by taking architectural drawing classes—never once taking an art class after the last required art class in junior high. 

 

With so much interest in mechanical drawing it seemed inevitable that my future career would be an architect.  But with my aversion for chemistry and physics that was not to be!  A year after entering college, my sister encouraged me to take a couple of art classes as electives.  Later as my interest increased in making any kind of art, I changed my interest into a minor as I pursued a major degree in Tech Education with the intent to teach mechanical and architectural drawing in high school.  But with encouragement from my sister and several of the college art department staff members, I changed my major to art education and eventually was elected for the studio art graduate program internship during which I pursued a Masters degree in printmaking and jewelry making. 

 

The last two years of my six-year college experience was the turning point in my life as I threw myself into watercolor painting, jewelry making, and printmaking.  Fresh out of college with BS and MA degrees, I eventually found a teaching job in Canby, Minnesota.  After teaching art to 7-12 graders for two years, I landed a high school art education teaching job in Rosemount, Minnesota where I stayed for 35 years until I retired in 2008.

 

During my 37 years of teaching art education, I taught all the major art making processes and wrote extensive amount of curriculum, handouts, and course booklets.  I developed many teaching concepts including watercolor and acrylic painting techniques, observational drawing techniques, abstracting processes, designing, and artistic aptitudes.  I am most proud of my development in writing of the three artistic aptitudes:  observational, mechanical, and imaginative which became the curriculum structure of my drawing classes.  Looking back to my initial mark-making years, I wish someone could have points out those aptitudes to me at an early age.  It most likely would have eased my anxiety that I felt regarding my artistic abilities since I always felt that I needed a strong aptitude in imagination.  My strengths were, and continue to be, making observational and mechanical art forms.  Precision, accuracy, and craftsmanship are still my calling cards as I use those aptitudes in remodeling our home or making jewelry with sapphires that my wife and I have mined.

 

Over the years I have been experimenting with a variety of materials such as colored pencil, chalks, markers, etc. in combination with watercolor and acrylic paints. During the summers between my teaching assignments, my interests eventually turned to drawing, watercolor landscape painting, and landscape photography. Now that I am retired from teaching art education, I am exploring the realm of abstract and non-objective acrylic painting.  Upon closer observation, viewers of many of my acrylic paintings will still see the prevalence of observational and mechanical artistic aptitude.  You could say they are just something I was born with!

 

I am glad I never turned out to be an architect!  Teaching art making processes, working with young creative people, and making my own art has been so rewarding that I can’t image a career in architecture could have topped them. . . except for the money!

 

Awards and Recognitions

St. Cloud State Univ. Visual Arts Competitive Exhibition (1968)

        •Received First Place in printmaking category

        Received Honorable Mention in drawing category

St. Cloud State Univ. Visual Arts Competitive Exhibition (1969)

        •Received First Place in drawing category

Wisconsin’s 5th Printmaker’s Juried Biennial (1971)

        •Print accepted into exhibit

Competitive Exhibition of Prints and Drawings (1973)

        •Print and drawing accepted into exhibit

Zapp National Bank Art Show (St. Cloud, Minnesota) (1974)

        •Received Third Place in jewelry/silversmithing category

Zapp National Bank Art Show (St. Cloud, Minnesota) (1976)

        •Received Third Place in watercolor category

Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition (Minneapolis, MN) (1977)

        •Received Purchase Award for watercolor painting

Minnesota 78 Multi-media Juried Art Exhibition (1978)

        •Watercolor painting accepted into exhibit

Minnesota Education Association Fine Arts Invitational (1978)

        •Two watercolor paintings accepted into exhibit

Midwest Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition (Minnesota) (1978)

        •Watercolor painting accepted into exhibit

Minnesota Education Association Fine Arts Invitational (1979)

        •Watercolor painting accepted into exhibit

Inver Hills Community College Sky 79 (Minnesota) (1979)

        •Watercolor painting accepted into exhibit

Minnesota Renaissance Festival (1982-’96)

        •Watercolor and acrylic paintings on display

Fairview Ridges Art Show (Burnsville, Minnesota) (1986)

        •Watercolor painting accepted into exhibit

Recipient of Teacher Venture Grant (1990)

Grant money used to fund outreach program to teach jewelry making to Rosemount senior     citizens through the Rosemount High School chapter of the National Art Honor Society

Recipient of Ashland Oil, Inc. Golden Apple Achiever Award (National) (1992)

        •One of 17 teachers recognized as honorable mention

Recipient of Art Educators of Minnesota Secondary Art Teacher of the Year Award (2000)

        •13th person to receive this award in 50 years of Art Educators of Minnesota existence

Scott County Arts Association Second Annual Juried Art Exhibit (Minnesota) (2003)

        •Received First Place and Best of Show for photo serigraphy

        •Received Award of Merit for Photography

Recipient of Art Educators of Minnesota Presidential Citation Award (2003)

        •One of two people ever to receive this award

Burnsville Area Society for the Arts (Minnesota) (2004)

        •Received Award of Merit in Photography in membership Art Fete Exhibition

Burnsville Visual Arts Society (Minnesota) (2008)

        •Received 2nd Place Award in Drawing in membership Art Fete Exhibition

Recipient of Art Educators of Minn. Distinguished Service Award within Profession (2008)

        •17th person to receive this award in 58 years of Art Educators of Minnesota existence

Burnsville Visual Arts Society (Minnesota) (2010)

        •Received Award of Excellence in Acrylic Painting in membership Art Fete Exhibition

Savage Arts Council Juried Art Competition (Minnesota) (2010)

        •Received 1st Place Award in Water Media

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (October, 2010)

        •2nd Place Award “Liquid” Art Competition

The Eye of the Quilter: “Inspiration” Juried Photography Exhibit (2010)

        •2 photographs accepted into exhibit

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (December, 2010)

        •Special Recognition Award “Landscapes” Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (January, 2011)

        •Special Recognition Award “Seascapes” Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (March, 2011)

        •Special Recognition Award “Botanicals” Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (October, 2011)

        •Honorable Mention Award “All Photographs” Art Competition

Minnetonka Center for the Arts (Minnesota) (October 2011)

        •Acrylic painting, “Rocky Coast,” accepted into “A Sense of Place” juried exhibition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (January, 2012)

        •Special Recognition Award “Seascapes” Art Competition

•The Anderson Center for the Arts (Indiana) (May 2012)

        •Acrylic Painting, “Can’t See the Forest Through the Trees” accepted in Juried Exhibition,

                  “Figures of Speech”

 

Exhibits

Two Person Exhibit (June 2010)

        •22 acrylic paintings at Ring Mountain Creamery, Eagan, MN

One Person Exhibit (November 2010)

        •16 acrylic paintings at Dunn Brothers Restaurant, Edina, MN

Three Person Exhibit (March 2011)

        •14 artworks at The Crossings Gallery, Zumbrota, MN

One Person Exhibit (January and February 2011)

        •10 acrylic paintings at Art of Passage Gallery, St. Michael’s Luth. Church, Bloomington, MN

One Person Exhibit (April and May 2011)

        •16 acrylic paintings at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN

One Person Exhibit (April and May 2011)

        •22 acrylic paintings at Ring Mountain Creamery, Eagan, MN

Currently On Display in Gallery (April 2011 to present)

        •4 artworks at The Crossings Gallery, Zumbrota, MN

On Temporary Display in Gallery (April and May 2011)

        •5 acrylic paintings at Savage Art Studios and Gallery, Savage, MN

One Person Exhibit (April and May 2011)

        •3 acrylic paintings at Aldrich Avenue Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN

One Person Exhibit (July 2011)

        •12 acrylic paintings at Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, MN

Two Person Exhibit (October 2011)

        •23 acrylic paintings at Thrivent Building, Minneapolis, MN

Two Person Exhibit (January/February 2012)

        •16 acrylic paintings at Ring Mountain Creamery, Eagan, MN

One Person Exhibit (January 2012)

        •42 acrylic paintings at the Pine Center for the Arts, Pine City, MN

Participant in Red Dot Art Fair through New Art Center in New York, NY (May 2012)

        •9 Painting prints or digital images on display for buyers and collectors

One Person Exhibit (April-June 2012)

        •55 acrylic paintings at the Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault, MN

One Person Exhibit (July-October 2012)

        •17 acrylic paintings at the Owatonna Hospital (Healing Arts Program), Owatonna, MN

 

Art Exhibition Judging Opportunities

One of Three Judges (March 2005)

        •Burnsville Area Society of the Arts Art Fete

One of Several Judges (March 2008 2009, 2011, and 2012)

        •Regional Divisions, Minnesota State High School League Art Festival

One of Four Judges (March 2012)

        •Robbin Gallery Membership Exhibition, Robbinsdale, MN 

Education

•Bachelor of Science Degree (1969)    

         St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

         in Art Education

•Master of Arts Degree (1970)    

         St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

         in Studio Art 

•Graduate Credit Master+15 (2003)

         Carlton College, Northfield, Minnesota

         St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN

 

Teaching Experience

 

St. Cloud State University, Minnesota

        •Art Department Graduate Assistant  (1969-’70) - Jewelry making and printmaking

Canby High School, Canby, Minnesota

        •Art Instructor  (1970-’72) - Taught 7th through 12th grade art

Dakota Hills Middle School, Eagan, Minnesota

        •Art Instructor  (1992-’93) - Taught part-time 6th & 7th grade while at Rosemount H.S.

Rosemount High School, Rosemount, Minnesota 

        Art Instructor  (1972-2008) - Taught all areas of art including design, drawing, painting,

         communication arts, printmaking, fiber arts, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making, 

         photography, Advanced Placement Studio Art, and Advanced Placement Art History.

        •Department Chairperson (1973-2008)

        •National Art Honor Society (NAHS) Advisor (1986-2008)

 

Leadership Activities

President of Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity, St. Cloud State Univ. (1968-’70)

Northstar Watercolor Society Executive Board Member (1977-’80)

National Art Education Association Member (1980-present)

Chairperson of Lake Conference Visual Art Exhibition (1989-’98)

Prior Lake Curriculum Advisory Council Member (1990-’93)

Served on Rosemount High School Curriculum & Four Period Day Committees (1992-’96)

Served on Eastview High School Design Committee (1994-’95)

State Coordinator for Space Science Student Involvement Program (1994-’98)

Minnesota Graduation Standards Package Writer (1996-’97)

Arts Best Practice Participant (1998-’99)

  •Helped establish arts assessment rubrics

Burnsville Visual Arts Society Board Member (2003-present)

  •Treasurer and newspaper editor (2005-Present)

Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM) Council Member (1995-present)

  •Assisted or Co-chaired in Spring and Fall Conferences Planning Committees (1995-present)

  •Served as Metro-west Regional Representative (1996-’98)

  •Served as Chairperson of State Fair Booth (1998-’99)

  •Policies, contract, and grant writer

  •Treasurer (1998-present)

Savage Arts Council

  •Committee Member (2010 and 2011) in charge of Host Business Liaison and yards signs for Scott

County Art Crawl

  •Board Member and Treasurer (11/2011-Present)



Prior Lake, MN 55372
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