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Congratulations to Andrea Bagdon, fine arts teacher, who recently received a $10,000 Minnesota State Art Board Creative Individual Grant!

The grant will support Ms. Bagdon in research and production of a new body of artwork. According to the Art Board, this grant “is designed to help individual artists and culture bearers develop or sustain their creative practices and meaningfully engage with Minnesotans. Grantees may use funds to support their creative practice and meaningfully connect to and engage with audiences, participants, students, and/or communities during the grant period.”

When asked what she intends to use the grant funding for, Ms. Bagdon shared, “I plan to use the MN Creative Individual Grant to support my creative endeavors in 2024. This includes funding my research, purchasing necessary equipment, and buying art supplies for a new series of paintings and experimental videos.” She added, “Minnesota's strong support for the arts and its variety of grant programs for artists inspired me to apply. As someone who is both an educator and an artist, I am committed to maintaining an active studio practice that encompasses painting and digital video creation. My teaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of art-making in fostering a deeper, more meaningful connection with the complex world around us. By actively participating in my own artistic development and contributing to my community, I aim to be a positive role model for my students.”

Classes that Ms. Bagdon teaches at Academy of Holy Angels include Intro Painting, Intro Drawing, Digital Photo, Computer Art, Studio Art, and AP 2D Art and Design. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University and her Master of Fine Arts from Colorado State University. She's been teaching at AHA since 2021.

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