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Professor Fred Hagstrom receives Distinguished Teaching of Art Award – News – Carleton College

Professor Fred Hagstrom

At the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference in January, Fred Hagstrom, Rae Schupack Nathan Art Professor of Carleton, received the 2022 CAA Distinguished Teaching of Art Award. A Carleton faculty member since 1984, Hagstrom has had a profound impact on his students, many of whom have gone on to pursue careers as artists and educators.

Hagstrom’s impact can be seen even in the nomination process for this accolade.

Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas ’07, Jade Hoyer ’07 and Dylan Welch ’08, art studio alumni, reached out to other alumni, faculty and friends with a petition to gather support from former students and colleagues by Hagstrom.

“Within a few days, they racked up 350 signatories,” said Chris Grace ’87, another studio art alumnus, “including majors from all over the college. Many of us go back 35 or more and we still rushed to sign. [Carleton’s]…enduring culture of respect and gratitude for excellent teaching and mentorship.

Several current and former students indicated in the petition that Hagstrom’s classes are interdisciplinary, challenging them to connect their studies in other subjects and their life stories to their studio work. He has been cited as a lifelong mentor by many and praised for his biennial 10-week study trip abroad to Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.

Eleanor Jensen ’01, currently a visiting assistant professor of art at Carleton, credits Hagstrom with teaching her to see as well as draw. She also praised Hagstrom’s attentive nature in her endorsement.

“Fred cares deeply about his students,” Jensen said. “[He] is always ready to defend someone who has been hurt or neglected.

Such recognition from students and colleagues is a fitting tribute in itself, but the CAA Award for Excellence in Art Teaching is particularly something to celebrate.

“That price is a big deal,” Grace said. “No national search or tenure review record would be complete without meaningful engagement with the CAA National Conference, for example.”

The CAA is “the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts,” according to its official website, and seeks to “advance the highest standards of teaching, knowledge, and practice in the visual arts to stimulate the intellectual curiosity and advancing skills that enrich the individual and society. »

Only one teacher in North America receives Distinguished Teaching of Art each year. There are currently over 94,000 college art teachers in the United States alone, making it a prestigious credit to Hagstrom’s name and his time at Carleton.


Erica Helgerud ’20 is Carleton College’s Head of News and Social Media.