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2017-2018 Common Read Learning Activites

This LibGuide is an easy way to access all of the Learning Activities available for Out of Chaos, the 2017-2018 Common Read.

Arnoldus Gruter, Artist-In-Residence

For background information on Arnoldus Gruter at Mankato State College, read the following sections in Out of Chaos

1. Arnoldus Gruter  (pp. 80-81)
2. Mehr Jay Shahidi  (pp. 130-136)
3. Larry Spencer  (pp. 151-157)

Arnoldus Gruter, his Influence at Mankato State College

A.  Read the above article from the May 11, 1976 issue of the Daily Reporter.

  1. When did Arnoldus Gruter start his artisit-in-reisdence at Mankato State College? 

  2. Where was Gruter originally from?  And how did he come to be at Mankato State College?

  3. How do you think being an artist-in-residence would help the artist?

  4. How do you think having an artisti-in-residence benefits students at the university? 

Artwork on Campus

B.  Click on the above link for Public Art on the Campus of Mankato State University. At the bottom of the third page, read the description for the Waves sculpture.  

  1. Why was the sculpture built?
  2. What does the sculpture symbolize? 
  3. Visit the red Waves sculpture located between the Centennial Student Union and Memorial Library.

C.  Click on the link for Minnesota State University, Mankato Landmarks.  This webpage features art, landmarks, and gardens around campus. 

  1. Select another piece of artwork on campus.  Read the description carefully to make sure the piece is available on campus, then visit it.  Take a picture of yourself in front of your selected artwork and post the picture to the Common Read Facebook page (use #MavCommonRead).   
  2. What drew you to select this piece of artwork? 
  3. What other types of artwork would you like to see on campus? 

D.  Visit an art exhibition on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.  

  1. For exhibition schedules at the Conkling Gallery (139 Nelson Hall) and the Centennial Student Union (Lower Level of the Centennial Student Union) visit the link above. 
  2. Take a picture of yourself near the art gallery you selected and post the picture to the Common Read Facebook page (use #MavCommonRead).


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