MAC GIMSE (Alford Malcolm)
Professor Emeritus of Art, St. Olaf College, 1970-2001
Studio: 229 Railway Street South, Dundas, Minnesota 55019 USA 507-645-5225
MA and MFA University of Iowa, Iowa City 1964-67
Art History/Sculpture, MFA Thesis: Ceramic Shell Bronze-casting
BA Philosophy, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN l962
St. Olaf College, honorary member, Class of ‘58
National Scholar, Columbia, New York City 1953-56
Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of MN, St. Olaf College 2000
Asst Prof of Art, U. of Lethbridge, Alberta CANADA Dept Chr. l967-70
Professor of Art, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN 1970-01
Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Major 1978-00
Paracollege Tutor 1973-00
Art Department Chair (acting) l985-86
Great Conversation (two cycles) 1985-87 & 1988-90
African Art History; East Asian Art: China and Japan; Art of India
& Southeast Asia; History of World Architecture; Islamic Art
History (Term in the Middle East); Medieval Art; Modern Art History;
Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Major; Paracollege Tutor; Great Conversation
(five-semester courses in humanities); Sculpture; Ceramics; Three-dimensional
Design; Watercolor Painting.
Global Semester Field Supervisor, Program Director:
1. 1977-78, taught "In the Shadow of the Gods: Images of the
Eternal in Art of non-Western World," 5 months - Italy, Egypt,
Israel, Nepal, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan.
2. 1992-93, “Arts of China/Japan,” two months - Taiwan,
Hong Kong, China, Japan.
3. 1994-95, taught “Comparative Arts of the World,”
five months, visual arts - Egypt, India, China and Japan. Field
4. 2000-2001, taught “Great Monuments of Power & Sacrifice,”
five months - course on the comparative visual arts of Egypt, India,
China and Korea. Field Supervisor
Term in Asia (Far East) Field Supervisor, Program Director:
1. 1981-82, "Art of Sacred Precinct," five months - Japan,
Taiwan, Thailand, China.
2. l987-88, "Finding the Center of the Universe: Axis Mundi
& Human Spirit," five months - Japan, Taiwan, Thailand,
Tibet, and China.
Term in the Middle East Field Supervisor:
1. 1991-92 "Arts of Middle East" five months - Islamic
and Christian visual arts of Italy, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan,
2. 1998-99 "Peace Studies/Visual Arts in Middle East"
five months - Rome; Istanbul, Turkey; Marrakech, Morocco; Cairo,
Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Jerusalem, Israel.
The Arts of China: l978-1994, established the art history
course at the National Palace Museum & Soochow U in Taipei,
Taiwan for TERM IN ASIA (FAR EAST) and GLOBAL SEMESTER programs;
supervised course for 14 years; wrote and graded exams.
The Arts of Ancient China: June l986, St. Olaf
Alumni, taught in China, Center for Lifelong Learning, St. Olaf.
Rome Connection: October, 1988, Taught St. Olaf
ASSOCIATES in Italy.
Art/Architecture of Russia: June, 2000, Moscow,
St. Petersburg, with Marc Robinson, Russian Department, Center for
Lifelong Learning for St. Olaf Alumni.
The Art of Thailand & Cambodia: Oct,2003, St.
Olaf Center for Lifelong Learning.
Splendors of India: March, 2005, St. Olaf Center
for Lifelong Learning.
January Interims 9 terms taught between l974-2000:
England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, GDR, Czechoslovakia,
Austria, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal i.e. Renaissance Art
in Italy; Modern Art in Europe; 19th Century Modernism in France.
MERCY AS AN EXPRESSION OF TOLERANCE: United Nations
International Conference on Tolerance, presentation of MERCY EXHIBIT,
sculptural symbol and poetry: CRADLED IN OUR FINITE JOURNEY,
Spring Hill Retreat Center, Orono, MN, Oct., l986.
TIBETAN BUDDHISM AND REVOLUTION public lecture
in six part series, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and
the Minneapolis Institute of Art, March, l988.
...ON WINGS OF FREEDOM United Nations Declaration
of Human Rights Forum, presentation of sculptural symbol/poetry,
Geneva, Switzerland, June, l988.
HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD presentation of sculptural symbol
for achievement in human rights, first awarded to Adam Lopatka,
Chief Justice of Polish Supreme Court, negotiator for Solidarity
movement in Communist government; Warsaw, May, l989.
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS' COLLABORATIVE ON HUMAN RIGHTS UN
International Conference on Tolerance, exhibit of repressed artists,
presentation of sculpture "...on Wings of Freedom", poetry
"Harmony of Humans", Warsaw, Poland, May l989.
2000 AND BEYOND, inflatable sculpture and conceptual
art workshop, guest professor, University of South Dakota, Brookings,
ADVENT: BEGINNING OF THE SACRIFICE CYCLE, lecture,
sermon, and sculpture exhibit, Trinity Lutheran, Madison, S.D.,
HUMANS IN THE ARTS, Fine Arts Week guest lecturer/sculpture
exhibit - Art and Humanities classes, Berea College, Kentucky, April
ART AS A CONSONANCE OF SPIRIT AND NATURE, Opening
convocation speaker for the Greater Minot Communiversity, Minot,
ND, January l982.
MERCY IN MODERN LITURGY, lecturer/faculty artist,
"New Vision for Ordinary Days," Lutheran Conferemce for
Worship, Dominican College, San Rafael CA, July, l985.
MERCY CONCERT, integrated performance harp, flute,
piano trio, reader's chorus, dance, vocal soloists, Repertory Singers,
tribute to teaching career of Dr. Harold Ditmanson, scholar/theologian.
2 performances, Urness Recital, St. Olaf, Oct l985.
CHINESE ART FROM ANCIENT TO MAO TO MODERN, Lecture,
Alumni, St. Olaf, Oct., l985.
MERCY AND THE SPIRIT OF ADVENT, Lecture and Sculpture
Exhibit, Fine Arts Program, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd,
Edina, MN, December, l985.
WHOEVER WAKES UP TO AN EMBRACE OF LOVE, SEARCHES FOR A WAY
TO SHARE IT, Boe Chapel, service with UN sculpture and
poetry, Nov l986.
THE WORD IN THE WORLD, lecturer/faculty artist,
Lutheran Conference for Worship, ALC, Cazenovia College, New York,
CREATIVITY AND THE GLOBAL MISSION OF EDUCATION, Opening lecture at the North Dakota Education Association, Minot
ND Oct 1990. Invited by Dr. W G Sanstead '57
POETRY AS EXPRESSION OF VISUAL IDEAS, Lecture,
St. Paul Chapter AAUW, Sept., 1992.
PEACE IN OLD ARMOUR, Boe Chapel, service with sculpture
and poetry to promote the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Forum, October,
MELLBY LECTURE: "Always Leaving, Forever Going
Home," Multimedia presentation with life-size replica of GUERNICA,
dance, music, art and poetry, April, 2000
HONORS, AWARDS, GRANTS
Faculty Development grant: sculpture & publication of "Foam
NWA Faculty Development grant, produced SACRIFICE sculpture, l974.
Lilly grant, for 2nd printing of SACRIFICE brochure, l976.
Mellon grant to study Chinese Art, Taiwan, l978.
American Lutheran Church award, one-month study in Asia, l978.
Mellon grant to prepare MERCY sculpture exhibit, l979.
Bush Foundation grant to produce MERCY Concert, sabbatical, l984-85.
Faculty Development grant to present sculpture and poetry at UN
Conference on Human Rights, Spring Hill Center, Orono, MN, Oct l986.
Bush Foundation grant to present sculpture and poetry at UN Human
Conference, UN Association, Geneva, Switzerland, June l988.
Faculty Development grant for presentation at UN Association Conference
Human Rights, Warsaw, Poland, May l989.
Joyce Foundation grant, research and photography on Hindu, Jain,
Temples, and Muslim Mosques of India, Summer l989.
Faculty Development grant for ARA PACIS (Altar of Peace) plan and
National Endowment for Humanities, Visiting Scholar, South Asian
Art of India, Columbia University, New York, Summer, 1992.
National Endowment for Humanities, Visiting Scholar, Imperial Art
University of Maryland, College Park, Summer, 1993.
Nobel sculpture presented to King Harald/Queen Sonja of Norway,
Nygaard Foundation Grant, bronze sculpture/set design, Nobel Peace
Forum Feb 2004, collaboration with Wendell Arneson, mural VILLAGE.
Asian/International Studies Committees 1984-93
Alumni Week, Speaker: Class of '58 "Christian Art Turning the
Century" May, 1988
Class of '73, "Resurgence of a Moral Aesthetic" May 1988
Class of '77, "St Olaf Revisited, a Decade of Allegiance"
Class of '68, "The Age of Dissent/Era of Engagement" May
Justice Week address "Justice for All in a Revolutionary World"
St. Olaf, April, 1988
Advisor, ACM Chicago Arts Program 1988-91
Lutheran Conference on Theology and Music, St. Olaf College - "The
Discipleship" lecturer, MERCY concert, exhibit of MERCY sculpture,
Lutheran Conference on Theology and Music, St. Olaf College –
GUERNICA, seminar on war and peace, July 2003.
Lutheran Conference on Theology and Music, St. Olaf College –
Course on Learning
to Love through Art in the Church, July, 2004
"Tibetan Freedom: a World Issue" Peace Prize Forum 98:
Tibetan art & oppression.
"Students for a Free Tibet" - Advisor to the campus SFT
ROOTS AND WINGS, bronze sculpture & poetry,
Nobel Peace Prize Forum, St. Olaf Feb 2004, given to Jimmy Carter,
2002 Nobel Peace Laureate.
STIVING FOR PEACE, bronze sculpture & poetry,
dedicated to Forrest Brown, St. Olaf College Librarian, 1961-1990.
BEARING THE BURDEN OF PEACE, bronze sculpture &
poetry, Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Feb 2000, given to David Trimble
& John Hume, Nobel Peace Co-Laureates, 1998
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SERVICE AWARD, bronze sculpture
presented to Ansgar Sovik and Reidar Dittmann, April 15, 2000
SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN: Augsburg College Chapel,
bronze sculpture of Mother Teresa "Squeezing Life into a Child,"
Andress Family Memorial. October, 1999.
THE YEAR OF THE CHILD, bronze sculpture & poetry,
Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Rigoberta Menchu, 1992 Nobel Laureate,
St. Olaf College, Feb 1994.
STRIVING FOR PEACE, bronze sculpture & poetry,
1st Nobel Peace Prize Forum, St. Olaf, Feb l989, given to Norman
Borlaug, UN Peacekeeping Operations, Nobel Laureates.
ON WINGS OF FREEDOM, sculptural symbol of United
Nations International Forum on Human Rights, Geneva, SWITZERLAND,
TRIUMPHANT CRUCIFIX, 2nd series, cast for St. Olaf
College, presented to Bishop Bremer at Trondheim Cathedral, NORWAY,
l986; companion piece to one in Rome
TRIUMPHANT CRUCIFIX, companion piece given to Foyer
Unitas, presented in the Pauline Chapel, Vatican, Rome, ITALY, 1987.
CRADLED IN OUR FINITE JOURNEY, commemorative sculpture,
UN International Conference on Tolerance, Spring Hill Center, MPLS,
MN October, 1986.
CHRISTUS VICTOR, St. Olaf Associates, edition 1,000
cast bronze sculpture pieces, 1986.
TRIUMPHANT CRUCIFIX, 1st series, cast for St. Olaf
Choir Tour of Asia, Summer, l986. Lutheran Church Tokyo, Taiwan,
Hong Kong, Nanking Seminary, China.
CHRIST TRIUMPHANT bronze process/cross, L. Church
Good Shepherd, Edina, 1980.
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