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Art on Ice

Art Shanty Projects provides unique opportunities for artists to interact with audiences in an unintimidating, non-gallery environment


On a bright Sunday afternoon, hundreds of bundled-up Minnesotans went slipping and sliding on frozen White Bear Lake to get a closer look at the Art Shanty Projects’ On-Ice Program, an annual exhibition featuring artist-designed shacks.

Children pretending to drink from tiny teacups peeked through the hole of a yellow, human-size birdhouse. Visitors to “Shanty National Park” explored a lush, green rainforest hidden inside. Others braved monsters under a colossal four-poster bed before climbing a ladder to join the “slumber party” above.

Inside the warming shack, then-executive director of the Art Shanty Projects Dawn Woodard Bentley ’95 MBA ’14 MNM ’14 greeted a group of alumni who had arranged a visit through Hamline’s School of Business Facebook page and invited them to join her for lunch.

Bentley worked as a research biologist, then in marketing for 10 years before returning to Hamline for master’s degrees in business administration and nonprofit management.

“Hamline is the school so nice I went there twice,” she said. “With the help of my education from Hamline, I was able to be a generalist who could switch focus from development to marketing to board growth and strategy whenever that needed to happen.”

In April, Bentley started a new position as executive director of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Bentley may be going places in her career, but, she said, Hamline will always be her home to come back to.

She continues to be involved with the Hamline Alumni Association, regularly attends events hosted by the Master of Nonprofit Management program, and mentors students through the Career Development Center

“I was given so much as a student that I want to give back as an alum,” she said. 


Photo Slideshow

View more Hamline Alumni Magazine photos of the Art Shanty Project's 2017 On-Ice Program:

Art Shanty Projects 2017