Anamoose, North Dakota, residing in Fargo
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Brad Bachmeier is a native of Anamoose, North Dakota currently living south of Fargo with his wife Susan and daughter Kyler. Their three oldest children are currently in college. Bachmeier is Chair of the School of Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead and serves as the Program Director of Art Education and the Art Therapy Program Coordinator. He has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a nominee for United States Professor of the Year and was awarded Minnesota Higher Arts Educator of the Year by the Art Educators of Minnesota.
Bachmeier’s ceramic work through his business Bachmeier Pottery is collected nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections in all 50 states, including the North Dakota Governor’s Mansion, The Microsoft Permanent Collection, The South Dakota Museum of Art, Watermark Art Center, The Plains Art Museum, The Dakotah Prairie Museum, and Michelle Obama’s office in the White House (personal collection) to name a few. He is one of only 19 brick sculptors in the nation as recognized by the American Brick Association. Bachmeier has completed many large-scale pieces of public art and has served as project coordinator for numerous others. His ceramic vessels and sculpture tell the story of mankind’s ancient and universal partnership with clay through the study of geology, archeology, and global patterns, symbols, and iconography.
“In recognition of his numerous, significant and continued contributions to the state and region” he was awarded the state’s highest recognition in Art, the bi-annual North Dakota Council on the Arts Governor’s Award. Over his 30-year career in the visual arts Bachmeier has garnered over 50 regional, national, and international grants and awards. He has served on Boards of numerous Art organizations including the founding boards of the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, The Center for Creativity at the Plains Art Museum and the North Dakota Arts Education Association. He has also served as President of the Board at the Rourke Art Museum and The Arts Partnership and Vice-Chair of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Bachmeier has completed terms on the City of Fargo Planning Commission and currently serves on the City of Fargo’s Arts & Culture Commission as well as the Minnesota Art Educators Board of Directors.