Aaron Dysart grew up in the western suburbs of Minneapolis and started to take classes at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts at an early age and continuing there in high school. Receiving his BFA in sculpture from The University of Montana with a minor in philosophy he later studied at The University of Minnesota, receiving his MFA in 2002.
Dysart has received fellowships from Public Art St. Paul and the Jerome Foundation through Franconia Sculpture Park and recently received a grant through Forecast Public Art to construct a rowboat out of soap to be rowed on the Mississippi. Dysart has a strong interest in cross-disciplinary research participating in Public Art St. Paul’s revolutionary program Hunting and Gathering Walks in which he lead walks with scientists along the Mississippi river to generate dialog and new solutions to old problems.
Dysart has taught at various schools throughout the metro area including: The University of Minnesota, The College of Visual Arts, Macalester College, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has also worked in multiple art fabrication shops whose clients included the American Museum of Natural History, The Field Museum, Sea Life Aquarium, Cebela’s, and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Dysart has exhibited nationally and has work in multiple collections. He is now producing work and living in Northeast Minneapolis.