I am a multidisciplinary mosaic artist working to empower students by honing their visual, technical, and poetic abilities. I encourage artists to engage with themselves and the diverse world around them by using their life experiences to create art, and art experiences to create their lives. I give students tools in art interpretation and creation so they can express themselves in positive, productive, and creative ways, both inside and outside the classroom.
For the past 12 years, I have been working as a self-employed artist, creating mosaic art. My work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. I've also performed around the United States doing theatre and spoken word.
I did my doctoral studies in art, theater, and social change at the University of Minnesota, where I also taught. Before becoming a full-time artist, I was a theatre and film instructor at the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine. I have been teaching for more than 20 years.
I love being a teaching artist, creating and leading collaborative art residencies that celebrate community. While I specialize in mosaic murals, my favorite residenices are multi-disciplinary, combining a mix of mosaics, creative writing, spoken word, drawing, installation and/or nature art.
Lisa Arnold – Artist Resume
Teaching Artist – Residencies and Workshops
*St. Anthony Park Library. Community Mosaic. St. Paul, MN. Winter 2017-18. All ages.
*Hong Kong International School. Clay Sculpture. Shenzhen, China. Winter 2017. 2nd grade.
*J.J. Hill Elementary School. Micro-Mosaics. St. Paul, MN. Winter 2017. 2nd grade.
*Crystal Learning Center. Community Mosaic. Crystal, MN. Winter 2017. Made with refugees and new citizens, adults.
*Children's Museum. Community Mosaic. St. Paul, MN. Spring/Summer 2017. Made with 1500 people, all ages.
*CAMP! Theatre training. Installation Dramaturg. Minneapolis, MN. Poster Art/Protest Art. Summer 2017. Grades 1-8
*Northport Elementary School. Communithy Mosaic. Brooklyn Center, MN. Winter 2017. K-5.
*Chinese Languages School. Ecology, Art: English Reading. Shenzhen, China. Winter 2016. Second grade.
•Challenger Elementary School. Micro-mosaics. TRF, MN. Fall 2016. Third grade.
*CAMP! Theatre training. Minneapolis, MN. Set Design. Summer 2016. Grades 1-8
* Fort Ransom School. Fort Ransom, ND. Community Mosaic. April 2016. Grades K-6.
* Cathedral Elementary. Bismarck, ND. Community Mosaic. April 2016. Grades Pre-K-6.
* St Hope Elementary. Negril, Jamaica. Micro-mosaics and community mosaic. February 2016. Grades 2-5.
* Haibin Experimental Primary School. Shenzhen, China. Winter 2015. Grade 2.
• Free Arts Minnesota. Minneapolis. Mosaics. Poetry. Spring 2015. Grades pre-school – high school.
•CAMP! Theatre Training. Minneapolis, MN. Film. Summer 2015, 2016. Grades 1-8.
•St Mary’s Elementary. Bismarck, ND. Community mosaic. Spring 2015. All school. Pre-K-6.
•St Hope. Negril, Jamaica. Mosaics. Winter 2015. Grades 3-6.
•Riverview Library. St Paul, MN. Community mosaic. Fall 2014. Intergenerational.
•La Qui Parle, Appleton and Madison schools. MN Community Mosaics. Fall 2013. Grades 3-5, 9-12.
•Twin Lakes Elementary. Elk River, MN. Community Mosaics/Poetry. Apr 2013. Grades K-5.
•Westwood Elementary. Zimmerman, MN. Community Mosaic. Mar 2013. Grades 3-5.
•Rogers High School. Rogers, MN. Community Mosaic. Oct 2012. Grades 9-12.
•Rahn Elementary. Eagan, MN. Community Mosaic. November 2012. Grades k-5.
•Wyoming Elementary. Wyoming, MN. Community Mosaic. Sept 2012. Kindergarten.
•Tofte Lake Center. Ely, MN. Mosaics and Advanced Mosaics. July-Aug 2010-12. Adults.
•Milan Village Art School. Milan, MN. Introduction to Mosaics. Apr 2012. Adults.
•Summit Environmental School. La Crescent, WI. Community Mosaic. Mar 2012. Grades 1-5.
•Whitehall Prep. Negril, Jamaica. Community Mosaic. Jan. 2011 & 2012. Grades Pre-school-5.
•Negril Tree House. Negril, Jamaica. Mosaic Course. Jan 2011. Children and Adults.
•Great River Regional Libraries. MN. 39 Community Mosaics. Summers 2010-2014. Intergenerational.
•Dawson Elementary School. Dawson, MN. Mosaic-Poetry. Oct 2009-11. Grades 4-5.
•Thief River Falls Public Library. TRF, MN. Community Mosaic. Sept 2010. Grades: Pre-school-12.
•Warren Community. Warren, MN. Community Mosaics. August 2010. Ages 4-93.
•Hoover Elementary. Rochester, MN. Nature Art, Collage, Mosaics. May 2009 & 2010. Grade 3, 5.
•Rogers Elementary. Rogers, MN. Community Mosaic. Jan-Feb 2010. Grades K-5.
•Columbus Elementary School. Forest Lake, MN. Community Mosaic. Oct, 2009. Grades 5-6.
•North Dakota Museum of Fine Art. Grand Forks, ND. Mosaics. August 2009. Ages 6-12.
•Challenger Elementary School. Nature Art/Butterfly Collage Project. TRF, MN. May 2009. Third grade.
•Ely Public School. Ely, MN Intergenerational Community Mosaic Poetry Project. Jan 2009. Grades 1-8.
•Theatre e3. Minneapolis, MN. Community art projects. Summers, 2000-2013. 7-14 year olds.
•White Bear Center for the Arts. Whitebear, MN. Mosaics. Winter 2008. Adults.
•Challenger Elementary. Thief River Falls, MN. Community Mosaic Poetry. 2007 & 2009. Grades 3-5.
Select Commissions and Installations
•Mosaic Mural – Godel Public Library. Donor wall, 2015. Warren, MN
•Custom Design Backsplash. Historic bungalow. 2014. Minneapolis, MN
•Custom Design Backsplash. New lake home. 2014. Bemidji, MN
•Stained Glass Mosaic -- Make a Wish Minnesota Gala. 2014. Minneapolis, MN
•Custom Design Backsplash and Conference Center Wall. Tofte Lake Center. 2013, 2007. Ely, MN
•Mosaic signage -- Negril Tree House Resort. 2012. Negril, Jamaica, West Indies
•Mosaic Mural – Target Corporation. Thomas Warren Field School Library. 2011. Brooklyn, NY
•Seward Community Award. 2009. Minneapolis, MN
•Mosaic Entryway - Springboard for the Arts. 2008. St. Paul, MN
•Mosaic Window – Dickey Chiropractics. 2008. Minneapolis, MN
•Mosaic Window – Altru Health Center. 2008. Grand Forks, ND
•Painted Mural – White Bear Center for the Arts. 2008. White Bear Lake, MN
•Stained Glass Mosaic Window - Pizza Luce. 2008. St. Paul, MN
•Custom Kitchen Backsplash. 2007. Sacramento, CA
*Winter Show -- 2015-17. Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Minnetonka, MN.
*Featured Artist. -- 2017. Crosssings at Carnegie. Dual show. Zumbrota, MN.
*Featured Artist. "It's the Small Things" -- 2017. Waseca Art Center. Dual show. Waseca, MN.
*This Week Only -- 2017-18. North Dakota Musuem of Art. Grand Forks, ND.
•The Goddess Show - 2016. Mosaic on a Stick. St Paul, MN
*Portraits. 2015. Mosaic on a Stick. St Paul, MN
*554Change – Art and Social Change show. 2013. Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN
•Journeys. 2011. Edina Art Center. Edina, MN
•Celebration. 2010-2011. Haven. Minneapolis, MN
•On-going Works. 2006–present. Blue Moon Café. Minneapolis, MN
•Surroundings. 2009. The Space. New Richmond, WI
•Midsummer Celebration. 2008. Mira Gallery, Center for Independent Artists. Minneapolis, MN
•Benevolent Acorn Gallery. 2008. St. Paul, MN
•Learning to Love You More. 2007. MU Museum, Eindhoven, Holland
•Minnesota Mosaic Guild Shows. 2006-2012. Metro, MN
•LOLA. 2009-present. Longfellow, Minneapolis, MN
•Clay class at Northern Clay Center, 2014.
•Handmade Tile for Mosaics with Sheryl Tuorilla, 2014.
•Smalti Mosaics with Martin Cheek, 2011.
•Mosaic Sculpture with Sharra Frank, 2011.
•Outdoor Mosaic Sculpture with Wouterina de Raad, 2009.
•Master Mosaic Class with Sonia King, 2008.
•Ph.D. studies in Art, Theatre and Social Change at University of Minnesota (ABD), 1997-2005.
•MA Interpersonal Communication 1991
•BA Public Speaking 1989