Mandan News

Mandan artist’s work on display at Governor’s office

The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, and Attorney General, will exhibit the works of Mandan artist Sam Coleman at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of July, August and September. Coleman’s works will be on display in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s first floor office.

Coleman says his work was first inspired by time spent wandering the North Dakota prairie, whether it was from riding horses or time spent with the animals on his hobby farm.

“From these experiences and many others I came to love beauty, animals and the grandeur of the created world was pressed into my heart,” he says. “Both my mother and grandmother loved painting and I picked up painting like a duck to water.”

For the last nine years, Coleman has worked full-time as a youth minister at Charity Lutheran Youth. He and his wife, Sarah, have a son, Gabriel, and a daughter, Cassia.

This is part of an ongoing program between the NDCA and the offices of the Governor and First Lady. Artists looking to represent their region with art work placed in the offices of the governor and first lady can submit a brief resume along with photographs or slides of their work to the North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503. Artists are selected for quarterly display.