"Raised on the RED" Opens at the Rourke Art Museum


Since its inception the Rourke has been dedicated to searching out young talent in the region and providing emerging artists with a professional platform.  Many of the most successful artists to come from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota got their start at the Rourke.  Raised on the Red celebrates this rich history.  For more information please follow the link: https://www.therourke.org/raised-on-the-red.html

Eric Syvertson at the opening of the Raised on the Red exhibition at the Rourke Art Museum

Eric Syvertson at the opening of the Raised on the Red exhibition at the Rourke Art Museum


View Eric Syvertson's piece, "House Party" at the new Bakken Boom show at the Plains Art Museum.  The show runs from January 29th through August 15th 2015.  For more info on the show follow the link: http://plainsart.org/exhibits/bakken-boom-artists-respond-to-the-north-dakota-oil-rush/

Eric Syvertson with his piece, House Party, at the opening of the Bakken Boom exhibition.

Eric Syvertson with his piece, House Party, at the opening of the Bakken Boom exhibition.


Bakken Boom opening at the Plains Art Museum Jan 29

Eric Syvertson will be displaying his new giant triptych at the Bakken Boom show at the Plains Art Museum on January 29th.  The show will feature work by a number of other regional artists developing projects dealing with the oil boom in western North Dakota.  The exhibit opens on Jan 29 with a reception from 7-9pm.  More details coming soon...

A Big thanks to visitors of the MCAD ART SALE

Thanks to all the art lovers that attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Art Sale.  Over 17 years, the sale has managed to raise more than $2,500,000 for emerging artists, with all proceeds going directly to the individual artists or to MCAD Art Sale Scholarship funds.

Minnesota Public Radio features Eric Syvertson's work in the latest Art Hounds

Minneapolis based artist, Jaron Childs discusses Eric Syvertson's new show on Art Hounds.  Click below to give it a listen! 

Eric Syvertson's work featured in Fargo Forum Article

The Fargo Forum's article Oil and Art features Eric Syvertson's work along with several other notable artists from North Dakota.  Check out the article here

Image from  House Party

Image from House Party

House Party: New Paintings by Eric Syvertson at SOO Visual Arts Center

Show Runs:
February 8 - March 22, 2014

House Party, an exhibition of new paintings by Eric Syvertson, creates a complex allegory exploring how the current oil boom in Eric's home state of North Dakota is analogous to a party mentality. The consequences of over indulgence are ignored and the attraction of instant gratification is embraced. Images hinting at a lawn littered with plastic cups and other trash points only to the more permanent disruption of spider webs of pipeline altering the landscape.

The hyperrealism of these oil paintings create stark, moody vignettes of a party at the apex of its reverie and the morning after. Borrowing screen shots from YouTube party videos as reference material, Syvertson sees the compositions as a collaboration “between the unknown partygoer and myself as I curate and render moments from their videos." The crude disposable nature of the video clip is lost by the act of painting; it becomes a moment of significance. Other paintings in the show take on a more symbolic role in the narrative, such as the portrait of a singular red plastic cup, serving as a reminder to “objects that are destined to outlive their usefulness.” The paintings capture the strange abandon of unchecked indulgences as well as the unsettling aftermath of enduring consequences.

To learn about the exhibit, visit Soo Visual Arts Center's website here.

Thirty-Six: MCAD MFA Open Studio Night

Eric visiting with guests at  Thirty-Six.

Eric visiting with guests at Thirty-Six.

Recently, Eric took part in the MCAD MFA open studio night in the Whittier neighborhood.  The open studio night allowed the public to meet artists in their studio environment to see their creative process and finished work.  The open studio night was hosted by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Check out more MCAD MFA art and design:

Curious Neighbors Project

In the summer of 2013, Eric spent 8 weeks working as the Lead Fellow in Grand Rapids, MN on a Project entitled Curious Neighbors.  Working with two other fellows, the team developed an interactive installation of local stories and improvised objects, displaying unusual, untold, unexpected, and unheard aspects of the community's history and culture.  

Rather than attempting to be a straightforward history of the region, the exhibit was the team's own interpretation of the various ways in which residents relate to their community and develop a sense of place.  Some stories were grounded in fact, while others are spun from legend.  To accompany each story, the artists have fabricated objects that represent a physical manifestation of the narrative being told.

Curious Neighbors is a production of MCAD’s Greater Minnesota Arts Initiative with major support from the Bush Foundation and the Smaby Family Foundation. More information about the Greater Minnesota Arts Initiative and the work being done by the Grand Rapids fellows can be found at http://greatermnmcad.com/.

Made @ MCAD Juried Art Show

Installation View of  Simultaneous Portraits

Installation View of Simultaneous Portraits

Eric Syvertson's "Simultaneous Portrait: Face Transplant Patients" was recently accepted into the Made @ MCAD exhibition.  The exhibition is an annual exhibition located in the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's main gallery.

Some Assembly Required

In May of 2013, Eric Syvertson hosted the Walker Art Center's Free First Saturday activity.  Drawing from artist Abraham Cruzvillegas’ concept of “self-construction,” children and their parents built structures using a variety of found materials and everyday objects. Families got together for gallery adventures to experience a variety of artists’ projects throughout the day.  Participants explored the ways objects found in their home, recycling bins, and garbage cans change in appearance and meaning.  Visitors assembled a bird's eye view of their personal world, thinking about where they live, play, and hide.

Painting Demo @ Walker Art Center Art Lab

Eric Syvertson was invited to share his painting style and methods in a demo on February 2nd, 2013. Syvertson participated alongside a selection of other painters in the Art Lab Activity in accordance with that day's opening of the Walker Art Center's newest exhibition, Painter Painter.

Art in the President's Office

Eric Syvertson is honored to have been invited to display work in the office of the President of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Jay Coogan. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is one of the premiere art and design colleges in the nation with a strong faculty and a diverse student body. The piece selected for display will be a large oil painting titled "Half Mast Flag" 48 x 48in, oil on Panel 2012.

Baiting the Bear on display at BI: Worldwide Exhibition

Eric Syvertson's painting "Baiting the Bear" was recently on view at the Divergences exhibition at the BI: WorldWide gallery.

North Dakota: Legendary

See Eric Syvertson's piece "Postlapsaria" featured in the latest TV spot for North Dakota Tourism in 2012. The ad features Eric's work from the exhibition, Big Country, at the Plains Art Museum. To view the ad online please visit the link below.


Flood Stories

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This project was a temporary work of public story telling about flooding in the Red River Valley. Stories were told by the people who experienced the flood along the banks of the Red River. Blessed with a year of no flooding, the project served as an exploration of a community as it progresses through stages of both trauma and healing.

The project was a collaboration between Eric Syvertson and Rebecca Krinke, a professor of art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In addition to working with Rebecca Krinke, area students were key collaborators as they helped to develop the project. The project was sponsored by the Plains Art Museum of Fargo, North Dakota.

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