Artist Michael Strand will be in residence in the School of Art during the week of Feburary 6th including a public lecture on Thursday, February 9th at 5:30pm. Strand is Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University. With a background as a functional potter, Strand’s work has moved seamlessly into social and community engagement, while remaining dedicated to the traditional object as he investigates the potential of craft as a catalyst for social change. Strand’s work has been published internationally, with articles in American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Hemslojen, art and Public Art Review among others. His work is also included in “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” and “Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary Culture,” both authored by Smithsonian curator Nicholas Bell. In 2016 Strand brought “Misfit Cup Liberation Project” to Taiwan’s Yingge Ceramics Museum. This work is an extension of recent projects that led to the honor of being named the 2015 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly. Strand was also a 2014–16 Bush Foundation Fellow, whose project focused on the potential of functional design to facilitate cross-cultural communication extending from Brazil, Taiwan, South Africa and Europe. In 2016 Strand was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) a UNESCO sponsored organization; he serves on the board of trustees of the American Craft Council.