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Mandan artist named rising star

Sam Coleman

Sam Coleman

The Bismarck State College National Alumni Association has chosen Sam Coleman, a 1999 graduate, as the recipient of the alumni association’s 2013 Rising Star Award, for his exceptional career as an artist and dedication to youth ministry.

The award recognizes alumni age 40 and under who have shown outstanding achievement in a career, public or volunteer service, or a position of distinction.

Coleman has displayed a lifelong passion for creating art. He channels another purpose for his life’s work into people as director of youth ministries at Charity Lutheran Church in Bismarck.

Coleman tried on a couple career ideas, including paramedic in Michigan and health education with art classes at BSC, before deciding to enroll at The Atelier painting school in Minneapolis, Minn. While earning his certificate there, he attended Magdalen College nights and weekends. His seminary study culminated in a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and ordination as a licensed minister.

Coleman returned to Bismarck to begin his career as a professional artist, entering art shows and earning People’s Choice, Governor’s Choice and Juror’s awards at the 2008 Bismarck Art & Galleries exhibit. Nine years ago, he decided to volunteer at Charity Lutheran, which led to the job he has now advising and designing faith-based activities for young people. He will transition to third pastor in June.

He continues to paint, teach art workshops and prepare for a one-man show. As an avid photographer, Coleman has developed his skills into a business in Mandan with his wife, which specializes in outdoor and family photography.

BSC also selected former North Dakota University System chancellor William Goetz as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year.

Coleman and Goetz will be honored Thursday, May 9, at a dinner with friends, colleagues and associates in the Bavendick Stateroom of the National Energy Center of Excellence and during commencement May 10.

For dinner reservations, call 224-5692 or 1-800-272-2586.