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Award winning photographer and professor Wayne Gudmundson to be honored at MSUM

Gudmundson's work is installed across the country

Wayne Gudmundson
Wayne Gundmundson, photography instructor, Minnesota State University Moorhead. Handout photo
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MOORHEAD — Longtime Minnesota State University Moorhead professor and photographer Wayne Gudmundson, will be honored at the campus Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Gudmundson, will be honored for his work in the Curt & Pam Gudmundson Room, MacLean 262 of the Forum Media Center, on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept.7. Gudmundson will be donating copies of his books to the Gudmundson Room and to the University Archives at that time.

Gudmundson was a professor of photography at MSUM for more than 25 years.Gudmundson grew up in south Moorhead and attended Moorhead State College. His undergraduate education was interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Navy. Upon his return to college, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Secondary Education, and attended photography workshops in Aspen, Santa Fe, and Sun Valley. Then he taught high school in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he met his future wife, Jane who was a fellow teacher at the school. After completing a Master’s in Educational Administration at MSUM and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Minnesota, Gudmundson began his university teaching career at MSUM in 1989.

He has published 12 books of original photographs and he has been featured in three public television documentaries. His images reside in the permanent collections of art museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Plains Art Museum in Fargo,
Gudmundson taught photography at the Plains Art Museum, served as North Dakota’s artist-in-residence for the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a founding artist at the Creative Arts Studio in Fargo. He also served as Visual Arts Director for the Fargo Public Schools.

The event honoring Gudmundson is sponsored by the MSUM School of Communication and Journalism and Northern Lights Library Network.

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