Chris Janzen, M.F.A.

Education

  • M.F.A., Studio Art, emphasis: Painting, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota
  • B.A., Studio Art, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas

Additional Information

  • Art is a unique subject. Unlike many areas of study which require the student to find the "correct" answers to given assignments, art courses encourage students to explore the unknown, sometimes discovering solutions to problems that even their instructors don't see coming!
  • It is through artistic expression that we as a society can exercise our brains to see creative new answers to the problems in every walk of life. Whether your goal is to solve our society's larger problems of poverty and global warming or you are tackling smaller tasks like designing a successful website, redecorating your office or painting a mural in a public park, a fertile creative mind is vital.
  • My goal as an educator is to help students realize their unique potential in life, whatever their professional interests may lay.

Publications & Presentations

  • Selected exhibitions
  • Dinner (Or, A Deranged Event Staged in a Theoretical Mansion, in Which Time and History Have Been Grossly Suspended and What We Know as the Laws of Physics Wildly Subverted, Conducted as an Inquiry into the Genius of Madness and the Art of the Faux Pas, and Having as a First Course to be Served to a Cast of Sixteen Eccentrics A Dish of Carrot Cabbage Salad Meant to Tickle Every Palate), a collaboration with poet Jesse Nathan, presented during Fresno's Rogue Festival March 2010, as well as in October at the Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, California; and First Mennonite Church, Reedley, California; debuted at Bethel College (Kansas) Krehbiel Auditorium, October 2008
  • Healing the Whole Part I, Healing the Whole Part II, Collective Memory at Art by Hand, Fresno, February 2010
  • Peeve Pet and Hula Therapy at Fig Tree Gallery, Fresno, January 2010
  • Frosty Cowgirl at Chris Sorrensen Studio, Fresno, January 2010
  • Consumption Theory III and Consumption Theory IV at Art By Hand, November 2009
  • The New Old was the cover of the Winter 2009 Rhubarb magazine
  • Recent Work, solo exhibit, Bethel College Gallery, North Newton, Kansas, October 2008
  • In the World, Not of it: Recent Works by Chris Janzen, solo exhibit, North Fresno Mennonite Brethren Church Gallery, Fresno, California, February 2008
  • Marcos Dorado and Chris Janzen, with Marcos Dorado, Tower Mosaic, Fresno, California, February 2008
  • Paintings, solo exhibit, McDonald Hall Gallery, Fresno, California, September-October 2007
  • Conflict and Resolution, Gallery 110, Vermillion, South Dakota, May 2007
  • Popular Confusion, solo exhibit, Nuance Gallery, Beresford, South Dakota, April-May 2007
  • Briar Cliff Review Art Exhibit, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa, April 2007
  • The Color of Sound, Touch of Europe, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 2007
  • Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, South Dakota, April 2007
  • Stillwell Student Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, University of South Dakota Main Gallery, Vermillion, South Dakota, February 2007
  • Recent Paintings, Coffee House Gallery, Vermillion, South Dakota, February 2007
  • South Dakota Student Artwork, Juried Exhibition, Craftsman Creeks Gallery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, December 2006
  • Draw!, Washington Arts Center, Vermillion, South Dakota, November 2006
  • Be Heard, Riverwalk Cafe, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, October 2006
  • Recent Graduate Student Work, South Dakota touring exhibit, September-December 2006 Stillwell Student Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, University of South Dakota Main Gallery, Vermillion, South Dakota, January 2006
  • Chris Janzen and Matt Schaefer, with Matt Schaefer, Washington Arts Center, Vermillion, South Dakota, January 2006
  • Paintings and Prints, Gallery 110, Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, Vermillion, South Dakota, June 2005
  • Vermillion Artworks, South Dakota Board of Regents Gallery, Pierre, South Dakota, April 2005 Dakota History Conference, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, April 2005
  • Stillwell Student Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, University of South Dakota Main Gallery, Vermillion, South Dakota, February 2005
  • Recent University of South Dakota Student Work, South Dakota State University Gallery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, December 2004
  • New Graduate Student Paintings, Gallery 110, Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, Vermillion, South Dakota, October 2004
  • Paint and Sound, Bethel College Gallery, North Newton, Kansas, May 2004