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Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg:  prior to Aug. 29, if you lived in North Dakota and wanted to study firsthand a work by these internationally celebrated artists, you would have had to travel out of state.  Or you would have had to have known Art Jones or Brian Fricke, founding director and collections manager, respectively, of UND’s Art Collections.

Now, works by these four artists and other pieces buy cialis online from UND’s extensive and diverse visual arts holdings are available to the public for viewing and study following the Aug. 29 grand viagra no prescription opening of the UND Arts Collections at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, N.D.  The partnership with the Empire is another example of how the University is fulfilling the tenets of President Robert Kelley’s “Exceptional UND” plan, which focuses on enriching the student experience, gathering, collaborating, enhancing the quality of life, and expanding UND’s presence beyond the campus.

“This is just one way to bring us all together and offer some of the resources of the University to the broader community,” said Jones, professor and chair of the UND Department of Art and Design.  “I wanted to give the community a hint of the wide range of things that are found in the magnificent collections of the University and the University Foundation.”

“This art collection has not been seen in its entirety for many, many years — if ever,” said UND President Robert Kelley.  Making the works available to University scholars, college and public students, and the community at large was part of the plan.  The University hopes the works will spur scholarship and creative activity, said Kelley.

Hal Gershman, president of the Grand Forks City Council, said the city welcomes having part of the UND Art Collections downtown, and praised the process that led to its fruition:  “All parties worked to see how it could be done — and didn’t spend any time seeing how it couldn’t be done.”

For her part, as director of the Empire Arts Center, the new home for part of the UND Art Collections, Emily Burkland couldn’t be happier, noting that this is the culmination of a great effort by UND to expand its presence in downtown Greater Grand Forks.

UND Art Collections

The opening ceremonies included an unveiling of the exterior signage and a performance by Music Department faculty members Nariaki Sugiura, assistant professor of piano, and Simona Barbu, assistant professor and Burgum Endowed Chair of Cello.Treats served at the opening were styled to resemble artist’s materials. Outside the Empire Arts Center, Melanie Stimmell and Anat Ronen of the We Talk Chalk Team created a 3D-effect street painting.

Peter B. Johnson, University Relations
Monte Koshel, UND Television Production Center

Photos by Shawna Widdel, University Relations