5th Year Emerging Artist Program

Congratulations to the 2021-22 Fifth Year Emerging Artists, Devin Cuneen, Marcel Hones, GH Wood, and Megan Vikla!

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 Leean Carpenter Endowed Fund.

Exhibition Schedule:

Work in Progress Show

November 15 – December 15, 2021
Groot Gallery, Center for Art and Dance
Come to view work currently in progress by the Fifth Year Emerging Artists.

Emerging Artist Show

March 16 – April 9, 2022
Emerging Artist Show at the Northfield Arts Guild

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


Truckstop Gallery
20 Grove Street, #72
Nicollet Island
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Opening reception for a new show, Catching, May 14 from 6-9pm
The opening reception will have live music, food, and beverages.
There is a free bus that will leave St Olaf at 5:30 on May 14th to visit the gallery during the opening reception. The bus will leave the venue at 8pm. Sign up to take the bus!

The gallery will be open until May 22nd for appointment based visits as there are no regular hours. Appointments can be made by emailing fyea@stolaf.edu. Please schedule ahead with at least one days notice.

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.