• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

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    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

Art to Make You Stop and Stare

One of the most overlooked, yet strikingly beautiful, art forms has revealed itself within the last decade. Many of these projects have been funded by companies or corporations, while even more have been created as random acts of “expression” (which most of us would refer to as public graffiti). Can you guess the art I am talking about? You got it. Sidewalk art.

Sidewalk art is unique in comparison to the majority of other forms of artistic expression. It is clearly art applied to a 2D surface (a sidewalk, street, or pavement), yet to the mere passerby, it appears 3D. Artists of this type of medium work to blow the public mind and deceive them with their seemingly real work. Common examples of subjects that have been created by sidewalk artists include holes, 3D humans rising out of the ground, and animals.

So why do I bring this up?  Well, as sidewalk art becomes more and more popular, its value also rises.  When creations like this are made on public properties, many individuals who know the value of the pieces will attempt to confiscate them and sell them.  As a result, these pieces are fleeting and can be there one day and gone the next.  If you go on vacation, visit relatives in a different state or country, or simply see one of the pieces when traveling down the street one day, I hope that you take the time to admire it and snap a quick photo.  It might not be there the next day…and these works are some of the most amazing examples of artwork you will ever see!  (Plus, as an art minor, this stuff just really serves as inspiration!  Makes me want to pursue art more than ever.)

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