USM Visiting Artist Program

Each year visiting artists and scholars from international, national, and regional locations collaborate with USM faculty and students. During their stay, the artists and scholars engage in activities ranging from student art critiques, demonstrations, art exhibitions, and lectures. In spring 2019 Ólöf Nordal spent a week on the USM campus. She visited classes to interact with art students and met with art faculty to complete a comparative analysis of curriculum structures at the Iceland University of the Arts and the USM Art Department. She presented to students and faculty at a Visiting Artist Talk on the USM Portland campus. She will participate in BFA Exhibition critiques and will explore the possibility of completing a longer term residency at USM in spring 2020.


Nordal is a leading Icelandic Artist who has created significant public art projects in and around the city of Reykjavik. Additionally, her work includes sculpture, 3D animation, photography, installations, and cross-disciplinary work with architects, composers, and theatre productions. Her presence as a Visiting Artist will contribute to Icelandic cultural connections and USM’s Maine North Atlantic Institute.


Iceland University of the Arts

Ólöf Nordal

Iceland University of the Arts

Ólöf Nordal lives and works in Reykjavík. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, as well as an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. In 2005, she received the prestigious Richard Serra Award, and in 2018 she was awarded The Order of the Falcon medal for her contribution to Icelandic Fine Art.