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artist , art educator

Evelyn Fern Matthies, American artist, art educator. Named Outstanding Faculty Member, Minnesota Community College, St. Paul, 1985, Outstanding Instructor Brainerd Community College, 1988; recipient Governor's award Minnesota School and Resource Center for Arts, St. Paul, 1986, Citizen for the Arts award School District 181, 1987, Review of Excellence Artist award Exchange Club, Brainerd, 1989.


Matthies, Evelyn Fern was born on June 24, 1936 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States. Daughter of Kermit Rufus and Violet Idora (Nelson) Jensen.


Bachelor of Science, Mankato State University, Minnesota, 1959. Master of Science, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, 1975.


Teacher North Mankato Elementary, 1956-1957, Rapidan Elementary, Minnesota, 1957-1959, Brainerd High School, 1959-1963, Brainerd School District 181, 1963-1965. Art director, instructor Brainerd Community College, since 1966. Co-owner Minnesota School Diving, Brainerd, since 1961, On the Other Hand, Nisswa, Minnesota, 1981-1984.

Owner Evelyn Matthies Studio & Gallery, since 1990. Director summer grants Minnesota School and Resource Center for Arts, St. Paul, 1986, 87, 88, 89. Art. director Minnesota Community Colleges, St. Paul, 1981-1986.

Juror Minnesota Natural Resources, Brainerd, 1988, 89. Facilitator Minnesota Faculty Development, Minneapolis, 1988, 89, State Fine Arts Festival, Minneapolis, 1988, 89. Chairman Minnesota Community College Faculty Development, State Minnesota, since 1988.

Member National Council Staff, Professional, Organization Development, since 1978.


  • Other Work

    • One woman show Madden's Resort, 1988. Group shows include St. Cloud State Gallery, 1972, others.


Member American Association of University Women (vice president 1966-1970), National Education Association, Minnesota Education Autonomous System Networks, Minnesota Community College Faculty Development, Art Educators Minnesota, Alpha Delta Kappa (president 1970-1974).


  • Other Interests

    Pilot, scuba diving.


Married William N. Matthies Junior, August 18, 1956. Children: James, Jane, Todd.

Kermit Rufus Jensen

Violet Idora (Nelson) Jensen

William N. Matthies Junior

James Matthies

Jane Matthies

Todd Matthies