Artist Carl Oltvedt

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Carl Oltvedt is working as an artist full-time, following his retirement as a Professor in the School of Visual Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead.  He has worked as a guest artist in regional schools as well as abroad at the Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland. Oltvedt’s paintings and drawings are included in the permanent collections of the Rourke Art Museum, Plains Art Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts, North Dakota Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Minnesota Historical Society. He received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship in 1991, a Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Fellowship in 2002, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for fiscal year 2014.  He is represented by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, MN, and Underbrush Gallery, Fargo, ND.
"A significant portion of my creative work is done in direct response to the landscape. I do use my own photographs as supplementary reference material when issues of bad weather or the scale of a particular work come into play. The landscape of Minnesota – particularly near Mantrap Lake, Sugar Lake, the North Shore of Lake Superior, and some of the urban parks in the Twin Cities – has been the principal focus of my visual work during the past five years. Perhaps it is my northern European heritage, as I feel deeply connected to the light, textures, colors and contrasts of open and confined spaces experienced in those landscapes.
My process begins with taking walks to engage my mind and experience the environment as openly as possible. I may return to places where I have previously found subject matter, but most often I walk without a specific site in mind and will look until I am moved with the potential of form and expression suggested by a subject in a particular [...]

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