∑ Patricia Jerde - About the Artist
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About The Artist

I've noticed that people introduce themselves in at least two ways. There is the professional presentation, but also the personal. So please indulge me as I present both:

Professional In Brief

Pat Jerde received her B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1973.  Between 1985-90 she studied at Atelier Le Sueur in Excelsior, where she began teaching in 1990.

In 1991 Pat and her husband Jeff founded the Minnesota River School of Fine Art in Burnsville. Minnesota. They designed and built a dedicated visual arts facility featuring classrooms, studios, gallery and frameshop in 1994, expanding it to 24,000 sq. ft. in 1996.  She served as Director and Head Instructor until the building's sale in 2007.

Pat has studied in workshops with artists John Howard Sanden,  Richard Whitney, Alexander Gubenov, Joy Thomas, Joe Paquet and Thomas Nash. She has served as a judge for numerous exhibitions and competitions including the Minneapolis Uptown Art Fair, the Minnesota Artists Association, the Minnesota Pastel Society, the Minnesota State Fair and the Lexington Art League in Lexington, Kentucky. 

  • 1973 Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude.  St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • 1985-1990 - Intensive study of Drawing and Painting, Atelier Le Sueur, Excelsior, Minnesota
  • 1992 National Portrait Conference - John Howard Sanden, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1994-2003 Richard Whitney Portrait Workshops, Minnesota River School of Fine Art
  • 1998 Alexander Gubenov Interior Workshop, Minnesota River School of Fine Art
  • 2000 Joy Thomas Portrait, Still Life & Landscape Workshops, MN River School
  • 2000 Thomas Nash Portrait Workshop, Minnesota River School of Fine Art
Work, Teaching & Administrative Experience
  • (1975-1985 Free Lance Artwork)
  •     Colorado State Employees Credit Union, Denver, Colorado
        Scandinavian Design, Kinderhus, Burnsville, Minnesota
        Hosanna! Lutheran Church, Lakeville, Minnesota
        Search Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1990-1991 Instructor at Atedter LeSueur, Excelsior, Minnesota
  • 1991-2007 Director, Head Instructor, Minnesota River School of Fine Art, Burnsville, Minnesota
Judging Art Work 
  • 1994 Judge for Burnsville Area Society for the Arts- Art Fete - Burnsville, Minnesota
  • 1995 Jury for selecting Artwork, Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1997-98 Judge for Student Show, Trinity School, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • 2000 Judge for Minnesota Artists Association, Edina, Minnesota
  • 2001 Judge for Lexington Art League Nude 2001 Exhibition, Lexington, Kentucky
  • 2004 Judge for Minnesota Pastel Society, Burnsville, Minnesota
  • 2005 Judge at the Minnesota State Fair (Painting)
  • 2006 Judge for Elk River Art Alliance show, Elk River, Minnesota
  • 1992 Burnsville Area Society for the Arts Art Fete- Best of Show - Burnsville, Minnesota
  • 1993 Premier Gallery Portrait Competition - First Place - Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1996 Artist's Magazine Annual Portrait Competition - Finalist- Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1996 National Portrait Competition - Honorable Mention - New York City, New York
  • 2001 Featured Artist - American Diabetes Association Celebrity Art Gala - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Panel Experience
  • 1998 Panel Member, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Small Grants/Community Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota 
  • 1999- 2004 Fairview Ridges Hospital Healing Arts Committee, Burnsville, Minnesota
  • 1999-2004 Burnsville Public Art Committee, Burnsville, Minnesota
  • 1999-2004 Burnsville Heart of the City Steering Committee, Burnsville, Minnesota
  • 2000- 2001 American Diabetes Association Celebrity Art Gala, Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
Speaking Engagements
  • 1994 Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, Minnesota
  • 1995 Dakota County Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1996 & 2000 American Medical Illustrators Annual Conference, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

The Personal Side --
    I love to paint, and I love to teach!

As an artist I have always felt compelled to try to capture the real essence of each person I have drawn or painted. From the age of 4 I felt dissatisfied if I couldn't "feel" the presence of the person I was drawing. And I drew constantly.

I tried to find the formal training I wanted in high school and college, but couldn't. Those were the "flaky" years, with an almost ludicrous focus on "being creative" without learning the fundamentals developed over the centuries. I was hugely frustrated, feeling I was born in the wrong era. So I spent many years trying to teach myself, finally thrilled when I found the right school. I think it was the long wait that made me passionate about teaching others the skills I'd finally found. Also, I'd encountered upsetting barriers along the way (gender, age and assumptions by others about my level of commitment). I was determined not to inflict these upon others.

The Minnesota River School that we founded and ran for 16 years allowed me to teach hundreds of artists. I did learn the truth shared by other school founders, though -- that I'd not have enough time to do my OWN painting.

I now have a studio in the building we built, still with other artists for company, and I divide my time between being a landlord, painting, and teaching.

Pat at easel