5th Year Emerging Artist Program

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Fifth Year Emerging Artists, Alekz Thoms, Paddy Mittag-McNaught, Thomas Hardy, and Eddie Bryson!

The objective of the Fifth-Year Emerging Artist program is to offer graduates an intensive art experience to better prepare them for graduate school or a professional career in the arts. The program is designed for gifted and self-motivated artists and curators who wish to make visual arts the core of their professional future. Fifth-Year Emerging Artists create and exhibit their own artwork. Together they will facilitate community events and act as mentors to undergraduate art students.

Senior art majors wishing to apply for the Fifth-Year Emerging Artist Program should meet with their Art-343 advisor to discuss their application. Advisors will recommend candidly whether or not the student should apply and may provide feedback on a draft of the letter of application.

The Fifth-Year Emerging Artist program is generously supported by the Leann Carpenter Endowed Fund.

Exhibition Schedule:

Work in Progress Show

October 19 – November 24, 2020
Come to see work currently in progress by the Fifth Year Emerging Artists.


MARCH 11-APRIL 10, 2021

Emerging Artist Show at the Northfield Arts Guild

See work by the St. Olaf Fifth-Year Emerging Artists and Carleton College’s Educational Associates in the Northfield Arts Guild gallery.

History of the FYEA Program

In 1982, Professor Arch Leean initiated the program as an “Alumni Artist in Residence,” lasting 3 and ½ months during the fall semester. The alum was given a studio space and small stipend with the intent of developing an extended body of work and an “open studio environment” that encouraged numerous interactions with undergraduate art students. After 4 successful years, it became clear that it was difficult for alumni to get 3+ months release from their work schedules. In 1988, the program shifted to offer studio space, a small stipend for materials, and portfolio development for two recent graduates. Steven Carpenter ’82 offered to pay the materials stipend for four fifth year students. To this date, Mr. Carpenter has personally funded this program, with increased materials fees, over the years. With the ongoing support of the Art Department, the program has supported art alumni, giving them a year of studio space, materials fees, portfolio development, and opportunities for direct interaction and mentorship of undergraduate students.