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Ongoing Throughout the Week

Collaborative Experimental Drawing

Location: Renaissance Hall entryway

Join Andrew Stark and others Join us and explore the free play and experimental mark-making of collaborative large-scale drawing! All participants can use a wide range of media marker, charcoal, ink, graphite, and natural tools including sticks, sponges, and branches. Doodles, figures, structures, and narrative will connect you to this ancient human practice of making your mark!

Racecar Simulator

Location: Renaissance Hall LAVAA Lab, 4th Floor

Experience the thrill of racing in the interactive cockpit of the SoDAA Racecar Simulator. You’ll climb the leaderboard as we record lap times in a competitive battle of asphalt and rubber. Hosted by Visual Arts Professor Eric Syvertson.

Art Exhibition: Algorithmic Art

Professor Ganapathy Mahalingam

Location: Renaissance Hall Flakoll Gallery

Algorithmic Art is a collection of works, all created in 2022, that explores the frontiers of using algorithms to create works of visual art. All the works in the show are created using the programming language, Processing, and image processing tools.

Exhibition: Iceboat

Location: Renaissance Hall Courtyard

Hosted by Architecture Professor Regin Schwaen, come discover iceboats at Renaissance Hall courtyard. An iceboat is the expression of engineering and architecture in complete harmony similar to the Sidney Opera Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Concorde, the Formula One car, or a knife that fits perfectly when held. The iceboat is equipped with 3 large skates in stainless steel and an extraordinary sense of timing is needed to understand wind, seasons, and speed.

SoDAA Connects: A Photography Scavenger Hunt

Hosted by Professors Meghan Duda and Elizabeth Crawford

Members of the NDSU Community are invited to join a photography scavenger hunt around Downtown Fargo, the home of the School of Design, Architecture & Art, during SoDAA Connect Fest.  Scavenger hunt participants will seek out moments of connection around Downtown based on three categories and make well composed images of those spaces.

Participants can then submit their best photo for each category through Padlet for a chance to be deemed a ‘Scavenger Hunt Winner’, announced at the Beaux Arts Gala Awards ceremony on April 8th. Winning photographs will also be featured on SoDAA and AHSS social media outlets.

Entries should be photographs that ‘Make Connections’, based on the following three categories:

  • Architecture and Nature – Submit your best photograph of a moment in Downtown Fargo where the built environment connects with nature or landscape. 
  • Art and the City – Submit your best photograph of a moment in Downtown Fargo where Art activates an Urban moment. 
  • The City and Humanity – Submit your best photograph of a moment in Downtown Fargo where the City creates moments for human connection. 

Submit up to three images, one for each category, by following this link: 

Participants are invited to use any image capture device however submissions must be in a digital format. Please include your name and an optional description to your Padlet post.

Exhibition: Line of Textures

Location: Renaissance Hall Courtyard

Check out this outdoor exhibition from Regin Schwaen and his Architecture Seminar which will be on display in the outdoor plaza.  Each tile is 12 x 12 x 1 inch and they all have different explorations of textures. The tiles can be seen as individual explorations but can also be seen as potential facade elements. The casting technology is ferro-cement as each tile are only 1 inch thick. Ferro-cement was used to cast boats in concrete around 1920ties to the 1960ties and is still a sustainable approach to cast concrete as dimensions can be minimized significantly.

Collaborative Paint by Numbers 

Location: 3rd Floor, Hallway – Renaissance Hall, M-F all day

Hosted by Visual Arts Ambassadors 

Take time out of your busy day to add your mark to a collaborative “Paint By Number” project.  Available all week long, this is an opportunity to be part of a large collaborative and fun project. 

Scheduled Daily Events


Location: Renaissance Hall Entryway

Join the Visual Arts Ambassadors as the host Hope Blooms, a national organization that invites people to make bouquets using a variety of flowers donated from various sources in the area. These bouquets then get redelivered to people in hospitals and the elderly in the area.

Location: Renaissance Hall 5th floor, NW corner

A gentle yoga practice focused on calming and nourishing the body with breath and movement. Moving mindfully through a slower practice you will leave feeling refreshed & energized for your week. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel and wear loose fitting clothing.

Limited space – sign up early! Email to register.


Location: Zoom

Join Professor Ganapathy Mahalingam as he hosts a talk and

Q&A about his newest exhibition in Renaissance Hall’s Flakoll Gallery.


Location: Online in your studio/office or wherever. Cameras are off except for instructor

Zoom link will be sent out the day before the event.

Join Kelly for 30 minutes of gentle breath work and stretching to return to the present moment. Take a break to learn some quick and easy techniques to bring balance to your life and ease to your body!  Studies have shown that those who have regular practices like meditation and yoga in their life are happier, healthier and more creative! 

No prior experience or props necessary.

Location: Renaissance Hall Conference Room

Come and check out this year’s merch! We are selling the super popular AIAS Embroidered Legacy Crewneck, and they are going fast. Stock is limited, so if you are interested come and see us in the Renaissance Lobby!


Location: 1854 NDSU Research Circle N. Fargo – Research Park on main campus

Join Innovation studio GSA, Jared Kaesmeyer for a tour of the new Innovation studio. Tours will operate every 30 minutes and will feature demonstrations of the 3D scanning equipment available!

Location: Klai Hall Parking Lot

Urban Sketchers Mini Sketch Fest with Professors Jennifer Brandel and Andrew Stark will be an opportunity to spring into our sketching, observation and storytelling skills outdoors & together during short sketch session. Bring your sketchbook and a mark-making utensil. We will have a sketchbook throw-down at the end to see what’s been created.

Location: Renaissance Hall, Falck Library on 1st floor

Hosted by NDSU Visual Arts Ambassadors join professional photographer, Britta from the FM area as she will be taking quick professional headshots in NDSU Falck Library in Renaissance Hall. This is a free opportunity on a first come, first serve basis.

Location: Renaissance Hall 114

Join us for a lecture on the great work that NDSU SoDAA Advisory Board Member Kathleen Lechleiter’s firm is accomplishing in the area of affordable housing.

Location: Renaissance Hall 114

Join NDSU Alum, Mark Rowland as he shares information about University of California – San Diego’s Franklin Antonio Hall, their newest LEED Platinum campus building.

With Visiting Designer and Beaux Arts Speaker, Kona Gray

Location: Room 214, Renaissance Hall

In this workshop we will explore how drawing can help you see a project in new ways by creating connections between broader histories and systems that shape the place.  Use drawing to explore and distill the complexities in your work. Learn how to use drawing in creative ideation to help imagine new possibilities in your work. Explore how you can connect design, drawing, and the art of story-telling to communicate your work. Learn to use drawing to aid in the creation of rapid design dialogue with your colleagues.


Location: Renaissance Hall Entryway (or weather permitting in the outdoor courtyard)

Stop on by Renaissance Hall entryway to screen print your own special edition tee-shirt.  First come, first served with 100 shirts available!

Location: Renaissance Hall Conference Room

Come and check out this year’s merch! We are selling the super popular AIAS Embroidered Legacy Crewneck, and they are going fast. Stock is limited, so if you are interested come and see us in the Renaissance Lobby!

Location: Renaissance Hall Courtyard