Fine Arts

Winter Show: Inherit The Wind

InheritTheWindHeadJoin us in the Black Box Theatre at 7 PM on January 27 and 28, and February 3 and 4, for a performance of the play Inherit The Wind. This play had its genesis in the events of the famous Scopes Trial in which the teaching of creationism came head to head against the teaching of scientific fact. Written during the height of the McCarthy Era, the play highlights the bravery it takes to stand up for what is right, while also pinpointing the loneliness of such an endeavor. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here.

Posted: January 19, 2017 at 6:46 PM in:  All School, Fine Arts, Upper School

MPA Artists Recognized in MN Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to six MPA artists whose work has been recognized in the 2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards!

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest running, most prestigious competition and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers in the United States. The Awards program was created in 1923 by Maurice R. “Robbie” Robinson, founder of Scholastic Corporation, and has been administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers since 1994. It has an impressive legacy and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and Joyce Carol Oates and many others.

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Posted: January 19, 2017 at 12:37 PM in:  All School, Fine Arts, Middle School, Upper School

Ms. Buck to be Featured at The Phipps

BuckMPA art teacher, Lisa Buck, has a solo exhibition beginning at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson called “Clean Slate-New Work in Earthenware.” The exhibition runs Friday, January 13 through February and begins with a gallery talk by Lisa on Friday at 6 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity for MPA students to see one of their teachers pursuing her passion outside of the classroom! Find more details here.

Posted: January 12, 2017 at 4:19 PM in:  All School, Fine Arts

Laura O’Neill Selected as Honor Choir Member

Congratulations to Laura O’Neill ’19 who was IMG_0708selected to be member of the 2017 National American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) Honor Choirs! More than 4,200 singers auditioned to sing at the National Conference in March 2017. Under the direction of composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, Laura will sing Alto I in the Senior High Mixed Honor Choir. Laura is a member of the MPA Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and studies voice privately. We wish Laura all the best as she prepares to make music with some of the finest high school singers in the nation!

Posted: November 10, 2016 at 3:39 PM in:  Fine Arts, Upper School

Alumni in the News

Jack Cotterell (Class of 2004) is a singer, Jack Cotterell Photo 2dancer, and actor based in Chicago. This summer he starred as Lieutenant Joseph Cable in the Cedar Rapids Opera production of South Pacific. He was recently interviewed by Iowa Public Radio during which he was articulate, entertaining, and personified what it means to have graduated from MPA. Click here to watch the interview, particularly 34:00 through 45:00 to hear Jack. We checked in with him and asked if his time at MPA prepared him for his career. Here’s what he said …

“Much of the foundation for a career in the arts (and most fields, for that matter) is built in childhood. As a ‘lifer’ I can attest that MPA’s music, world language, speech, and theatre curricula all have had a profound impact on my career as a performer.

As a chorister, I sing with the Grant Park Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and I learned tools and skills at MPA from Mari Espeland and John Habermann that I still use today (including solfege!). As a soloist, I’ve had the opportunity to sing a variety of styles in both concert and full productions, ranging from oratorio, to opera, to musical theatre, to even video game music! I’ll never forget the day John and I started working on “Ev’ry Valley” from Handel’s Messiah. When I looked at the music, I told John, “I can’t do that!” And he replied that not only would I be able to, but that I would do lots of it throughout my career (and to that end, I’ve performed as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah in five different productions!). Whenever I am daunted or intimidated by a new piece of music, I think back to this formative experience with John to reassure and remind myself that, with enough practice, one can accomplish a great deal.

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Posted: July 15, 2016 at 1:34 PM in:  All School, Alumni, Fine Arts

All-State Band Honors for Netteberg (’16)

Congratulations to Sofie Netteberg (Class of 2016) who participated in
the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Band program and played
in a concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Saturday, February 14.
Sofie IMG_0476Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 10.57.50 AMauditioned last spring and was selected to play with some of the best high school musicians in the state. Sofie played bassoon in the All-State Concert Band directed by Craig Kirchhoff, Director of Bands
at the University of Minnesota.

Classical Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast selections from the
All-State Concert Band concert on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 7:15 a.m.
and again at 7:15 p.m.

Posted: February 19, 2015 at 10:58 AM in:  Fine Arts

All State and Honor Choir Performances

Congratulations to Eloise B, Grace D and Kelly M who performed with  the 9-10 State Honor Choirs on Thursday, February 12!
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Andrew G, Mr. Habermann and Allison L after the All-State Choir concert on Saturday, February 14.  Bravo to Andrew and Allison on their polished and engaging performances!

Posted: February 19, 2015 at 10:50 AM in:  Fine Arts

MN Scholastics Art Award Juried Exhibition 2015

16 artworks, from 14 MPA students grades 8-12, have been selected by a panel of jurors to be in the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition. 2900 art works were submitted from across our state and we are so proud to have so many students representing MPA! Silver and Gold Key award winners will have their work in an exhibition held at the Regis Center for Art on the University of MN campus. Honorable Mention award winners will have a slide show of their work on display throughout the exhibition.

Congratulations to the following students!

4 Gold Key Award Winners:
Zoe Wentzel, Painting, Gr. 11, Gold Key
Gabby Law, Mixed Media, Gr. 8, Gold Key
Maria LeMire, Drawing, Gr. 8, Gold Key
Siri Vorvick, Ceramics, Gr. 8. Gold Key
3 Silver Key Award Winners:
Laura O’Neill, Printmaking, Gr. 8, Silver Key
David Rozinka, Ceramics, Gr. 11, Silver Key
Flaherty Haugen, Drawing, Gr. 12, Silver Key
9 Honorable Mention Awards:
Eric Campbell, Painting. Gr. 12, Honorable Mention
Jenny Portis, Drawing, Gr. 11, Honorable Mention
Jenny Portis, Drawing, Gr. 11, Honorable Mention
David Rozinka, Ceramics, Gr. 11, Honorable Mention
Eloise Berdahl-Baldwin, Ceramics, Gr. 10, Honorable Mention
Sara Stone, Drawing, Gr. 10, Honorable Mention
Gabby Law, Gr. 8, Drawing, Honorable Mention
Ellie Quam, Gr. 8, Printmaking, Honorable Mention
Nina Reamers, Gr. 8, Mixed Media, Honorable Mention

*See exhibition location and dates, below.
MSAA Gold and Silver Key Exhibition
February 3 – 21, 2015
Regis Center for Art
University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Gold and Silver Key Award Ceremonies
Saturday, February 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Specific times to be announced later.
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Posted: January 28, 2015 at 12:24 PM in:  Fine Arts

Five Upper School Artists Selected for Shattuck St. Mary’s Art Invitational

Congratulations Visual Artists!

Five Upper School Visual Artists have had work selected to be part of the 10th Annual Shattuck-St. Mary’s Art Invitational!  The exhibit consists of thirty pieces that were chosen by juror, Heather Delisle, a professor of Art Education at The University of Wisconsin, River Falls.  Participating schools include Blake, Breck, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Providence, and Owatonna.

David Rozinka, Ceramics, 3rd Place Award
Flaherty Haugen, Drawing
Sofie Netteberg, Painting
Zoë Wentzel, Painting
Chad Sardi, Drawing


Chad Sardi

Zoe Wentzel

Zoe Wentzel

Flaherty Haugen

Flaherty Haugen

Sofie Netteberg

Sofie Netteberg

David Rozinka

David Rozinka


Posted: October 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM in:  Fine Arts, Upper School

Fine Arts Teachers Featured in Book, Art Show

Lisa Buck Selected for American iPottery Book
Middle and Upper School art teacher Lisa Buck is one of 256 potters across the country who were selected to be featured in an innovative new ebook titled American iPottery. The book contains over three thousand gallery and interactive images plus fifty-seven rotatable three-dimensional images.
Click here for more information or to purchase the ebook.


Painting by Renee Sonka

Renee Sonka Featured at Mahtomedi Art Show
The Wildwood Branch of Washington County Library is hosting a Community Art Show featuring works by local artists. Art will be on display throughout the month of October. Art teacher Renee Sonka has multiple paintings in the exhibit. Join her for a Meet the Artists Reception on Thursday October 23 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.



Posted: September 25, 2014 at 7:56 AM in:  Fine Arts