Jesling’s work currently on display in N.D. CapitolThe North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple and first lady Betsy Dalrymple, is exhibiting the works of Rugby artist Terry Jelsing at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December.
The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple and first lady Betsy Dalrymple, is exhibiting the works of Rugby artist Terry Jelsing at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of October, November and December.
Jelsing’s works are 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.
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 a quarterly display.
Jelsing has worked professionally as an artist, teacher, curator, arts administrator and presenter for more than 30 years. A native North Dakotan, his work is tied to the prairie landscape, its history and its people.
Jesling also recently judged the 48th Annual Jamestown Fine Arts Association Juried Art Show.
He works in a variety of media to create two- and three-dimensional works of art, including large public commissions. His work is part of public and private collections, both in the United States and abroad.
The former executive director of the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, in 2006 Jesling relocated to Rugby and transformed the granary on his family’s original homestead into an art studio.
A former adjunct art instructor at North Dakota University, he taught art for five years at Rugby High School, resigning in 2011 to focus more time on his own work. He continues to teach at Dakota College Bottineau and conducts private workshops.
This spring Jelsing was one of six artists selected by the North Dakota Museum of Art to create work exploring life among the Spirit Lake Nation of Dakota people at Fort Totten, N.D. The project is funded by a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant.
Born December 10, 1954, in Rugby, North Dakota, Jelsing’s artistic abilities presented at an early age. By the time he graduated from Rugby High School he had several public commissions to his credit.
Before enrolling in the bachelor of fine arts program at the University of North Dakota he completed a three-year tour of duty with the military in Europe. He later returned to Europe on scholarship to study at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria, where he was influenced by the German expressionists.
He began his graduate studies in art history, sculpture and painting at the University of New Mexico in 1981, completing a master of art in 1983 and a master of fine arts in 1986. During that time he was part of the American post-modernist movement, experimenting with time-art studies and conceptual projects. His graduate exhibition, “Circus for Matthew,” received national media coverage and was published in Artspace magazine.
After graduate school, Jelsing designed for the stage throughout North Dakota; taught interdisciplinary studio arts and sculpture at the University of North Dakota; and served as director of Beall Park Arts Center in Bozeman, Mont., building an alliance between the community art center and Montana State University that continues to support new genre installations and performance art.
In 1992, he was hired as curator by the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. Later named executive director, he guided the museum’s transformation of an historic International harvester branch house into an award-winning arts facility.
Throughout his career as an artist and arts administrator, Jelsing has served on numerous local, state, regional and national committees and commissions, including the U.S. State Department’s Friends of Art and Preservation of Embassies Millennium Committee, which produced the international art exhibit Gift of Art to the Nation.