Phil Larson has taught at MCAD since 1976. His liberal arts courses feature his own on-site photography and particular expertise in art as a carrier of symbolic and emotive value. As an art and architecture historian, he has published some seventy articles in scholarly and museum publications and has amassed a library of more than 25,000 on-site images, including details of around thirty Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.
A former curator at the Walker Art Center, Larson and his brother Paul C. Larson were curators and temporary exhibition planners of a monumental 1982 Prairie School exhibition at Landmark Center in St. Paul, where corners and walls of vanished structures were reconstructed with fragments of remaining architectural detail. As an artist, he was awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, sold work to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and received more than two dozen private and public commissions for site-specific works, most recently for the Hiawatha Light Rail project. Larson's sculptures, prints, and paintings are in more than three dozen public collections and close to one hundred private collections.