“I’m not painting the lake as it is. But it’s there as inspiration, as spiritual guidance.”

Photo credit: Sam Santos via Canadian Film Centre

Stephen Rivkin ’75 is best known for his Oscar-nominated editing work on James Cameron’s Avatar, in addition to his contributions to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, The Hurricane, Ali, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Somewhere between street photography and solemn portraits sits the work of Tom Arndt. He’s drawn to public events, but is more likely to shoot the crowd than the parade.

“My body of work as a whole is probably unavoidable,” says Bill Rude, who at 6’4” is hard to miss in person. On the big or small screens, however, his behind-the-scenes work really stands out.

“Constructed photography” is the art-critic term for what James Casebere does. But however you react to his moody, thought-inducing photos, their power is undeniable.

Monet came back to his haystacks, Picasso to his many women, and Warhol to his Jackie Kennedys. So why shouldn’t Rod Massey find regular inspiration in south Minneapolis?

As married designers, Jonathan Keller and Keetra Dixon work separately but with a common attitude: break the rules.

What's the future of printmaking, or graphic design, or painting, or non-gallery exhibition, or public art? Look no further than Patrick Miller's two-man collective called Faile.

Tidy individual images on canvas were not enough for Carole Fisher. Big issues have been her subject matter.

In the Midwest, Mike Black had a major role in the evolution of identity design.

“I still remember seeing my first duck in flight,” he once reminisced. “It was a mallard.”

Illustrator during the golden age of American Magazines.

Rather than a singular source of individual wisdom, he’s a human interface. He connects people with ideas, strangers with nature, raw materials with chisels.

Honored by the Guggenheim Foundation as a Creative Fellow in 2010

Brent Schoonover, a lifetime fan of genre comics and pop culture is the creator of Mr. Murder is Dead, and co-creator of Horrorwood.

Kielkopf’s work is represented by Thomas Barry Fine Arts, and is displayed in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, and General Mills.

Mark Nelson is a designer of fine books for artists and museums, and a partner at McCall Associates in New York.

Stewart Turnquist led the Minnesota Artists' Exhibition Program (MAEP) at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 1977 to 2008.

Angela Strassheim is a New York based photographer drawing inspiration from her career as a trained and licensed forensic photographer.

State Senator Linda Berglin used her BFA right out of MCAD, as both a self-employed and staff graphic designer, at one point working for the Minneapolis Planning Department.