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Eric Ouren

Eric Ouren

  • Studio Art
  • Associate Professor - Studio Art
507-344-7890
Ceramics I, Sculpture I, 3 Dimensional Design, Ceramics II, Sculpture II, Ceramics III, Sculpture III, Ceramics IV, American Art History, Sculpture IV, Ceramics V, Portfolio/Senior Project, Art Theory and Criticism, Contemporary Issues in Art, Portolio/Senior Project, Senior Exhibition

Education

  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1998
  • Master of Arts, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1997
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1990
  • Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN, 1983-1986

Biography

Eric Ouren is native of the Upper Midwest, having lived in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Ouren’s sculptural background is primarily that of carving in wood, where most of his public work has been folk chainsaw stump carvings and other chainsaw pieces. Since 2006 Ouren has been building stringed instruments with a focus on the banjo. As of 2012 he has built over 50 instruments.

Commissions

  • Bust of Beethoven Stump Carving for Lori & Arden Enter, Nicollet, MN, 2009
  • Memorial Crucifix for the Bukowski Family, Mankato, MN, 2006
  • Academic Mace, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 2003
  • Large-scale chess and checkers set by Friends of German Park for German Park in New Ulm, MN, 2000

Publications

Faith and Vision: Twenty-Five Years of Christians in The Visual Arts, edited by Cameron J. Anderson and Sandra Bowden, p. 65.

Teaching Experience

  • Faculty, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 2001-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 2000-2001
  • Adjunct Faculty, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN, 2000
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1999-2000
  • Sabbatical Replacement, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN, 1999
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1998

Other

  • Ouren serves on the Ceremonies Committee
  • Ouren has served as a juror for the Mankato CityArt Sculpture Walking Tour since 2011, as well as juror for several high school art shows, including the Western Iowa Salon Exhibition at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota, and the regional Water Is Life Contest, held in Mankato, Minnesota.

Personal

Eric and his wife, Storm, live in Kasota in an ongoing house renovation project with two dogs. He has two teenage children.