Prof Andrea C Stanislav

Andréa Stanislav is an internationally recognized American artist, whose hybrid practice includes sculpture, video installation and public projects. Her work considers themes of harmony and deconstruction in the natural world, popular culture and, by extension, regards the sublime -- realized through unexpected visual manifestations, multi media installations and monumental sculpture. A native Chicagoan, Ms. Stanislav now works in Minneapolis, New York and St. Petersburg Russia. Andréa Stanislav explores the architecture of empire. Her work questions the systems built on human capital, their hegemonic structure. Strongly influenced by the rise and fall of bygone kingdoms, she is equally consumed by ideas of contemporary power—from American exceptionalism to the city of Dubai, the embodiment of the manifest destiny of global capital. Oftentimes darkly humorous, Andrea's work is ultimately a critique of the ancient symbols, the origin myths of civilization. The pastimes and playthings of power. Formally, she exploits the motifs of authority. Using symbolic structures, such as obelisks, columns, or large, rough-hewn boulders, Stanislav invokes monumentality. But, in her manipulation of these traditional monoliths, she disrupts their signal. Andréa wants her work to upend the myths they embody, to question the reverence that the forms inspire. Sometimes she achieves this compositionally, by arranging the objects irreverently or confrontationally, as in River to Infinity. Other times, she alters their surfaces. Stanislav plays with finishes that transform the usually stoic and austere into something conspicuously glossy, even ostentatious. Mirrored surfaces are of particular interest. They reflect, they implicate, they bring the viewer into the work. The mirror is the embodiment of its own allure—the trap that ensnares the viewer, indicted by his own reflection. You can not see the work of the empire without seeing yourself in it. The true and the false mirror.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • MFA: Alfred University, School of Art and Design, Alfred, NY, 1997.
  • BFA: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1990.

Curriculum Vitae


  • sculpture / installation
  • film / video
  • public art
Courses Taught
  • Graduate Group Critique, MFA Program, Sam Fox School - Washington University in St. Louis
  • Freund Fellow Graduate Seminar, MFA Program, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Art Studio 1301 - Basic Sculpture
  • Art Studio 3304, 5340 - Sculpture: Carving and Construction
  • Art Studio 3307, 5307 Sculpture- Traditional Approaches
  • Art Studio 8410 - Graduate Studio Critique
  • Art Studio 8300 - Graduate Scuplture Seminar
  • Art Studio 5490- Public Art and Intervention
  • Art Studio 5490- The New York Contemporary Art World: Field Study
  • Art Studio 3390, 5390- Public Art and Installation
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Andréa Stanislav - Visiting Artist Talk, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary Alberta, Canada: Artist Talk , 2017
  • Andréa Stanislav - Artist Lecture and Video Screening, US Consulate Residence, St. Petersburg, Russia: Artist Lecture and Video Screening , 2016
  • Andréa Stanislav - Visiting Artist Lecture, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, Department of Design and Media Arts, UCLA, CA: Artist Lecture , 2016
  • Curator: Latitude LON/MSP/NYC, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK (co-curator Isha Bohling) , 2007


  • "Radio Leningrad (Forget Your Past)": research, interviews and location film work in St Petersburg, Russia, on the Siege of Leningrad for upcoming solo museum exhibition and catalogue , 2015 - 2022
  • "Above and Below (Indianapolis)": Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis IN. Drone video installation and sculpture exhibition on the city and histories of Indianpolis (forthcoming 2018), 2016 - 2018


  • Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts - - Washington University in St. Louis, MFA Thesis Review Committee: served as an invited guest on the 2017 MFA thesis review committees at the Kemper Art Museum , spring 2017
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Panelist: 2015
  • MFA Mentor: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2012 - to present
  • Artist Teacher, Vermont College of Art: 2009 - 2013
  • The Soap Factory Board Member : Board Member and Advisory Board Member , 2006 - 2008
  • College Art Association: member and participant, 2004 - present


  • "Ascend", permanent public art commission: The Hagfors Center for Science Business and Religion, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN , opening 2018
  • "Andréa Stanislav: Silent Running": solo gallery exhibition with catalogue, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO , 2017
  • "Transpositions II", Museum of Non-Conformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russia, curator: Anastasia Patsey (catalogue): Museum Exhibition with Catalogue, 2017
  • "Nightmare", a global migration public video project : Mississippi River, USA; Moscow River, Russia; Neva River, Russia; and Hudson River, USA, 2014 - ongoing
  • Convergence Infinite solo exhibition, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis. MO: Solo Museum Exhibition, 2016
  • "Andréa Stanislav - Preternatural Shadow Shifter": solo gallery exhibition, Ca’D‘Oro NYC Gallery, New York City, NY, 2016
  • Joseph DeLappe and Dr. David Simpson, “Visual Commemoration: The Iraqi Memorial Project”, Critical Inquiry, Chicago Journals, Summer 2011, vol 37 no 4, pp. 615 - 627 (images - Andréa Stanislav)
  • Daria Brit-Shapiro and Andréa Stanislav, "Well Bred: Interview with Andrea Stanislav", Cream #06, Cream Multimedia Inc., New York, NY, 2012
  • Andréa Stanislav, Blurring the Lines: The Issue of Generational change in Sculpture Pedagogy, 2009 CAA Abstracts, 2009
  • Freund Teaching Fellowship, Washington University and the St Louis Art Museum, 2015 - 2016
  • CLA Faculty Development Leave, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, 2015 - 2016
  • CLA Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Single-Semester Research Leave, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Target Studio for Creative Collaboration - 2015 Artist in Residence, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN, summer 2015 - fall 2015
  • Faculty Imagine Fund Recipient, 2013
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Swing Space Artist Residency, Governors Island, NYC, NY , 2012
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Grant , 2012
  • International Visiting Artist Fellowship Award, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada , 2010 - 2011
  • 2010/2011 McKnight Artists Fellowship for Visual Arts, McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, 2010 - 2011
  • Can Serrat International Art Center, 2011 International Visual Artist Full Fellowship Award, Barcelona, Spain , 2011
  • Socrates Sculpture Park, Emerging Artist Fellowship 2009, NYC, NY, 2009
  • Institute for Advanced Study Collaborative Fellowship, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
  • Grant-in-Aid Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, MN, 2008
  • Office of International Programs Grant, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, MN, 2008
  • McKnight International Travel Grant - University of Minnesota , Minneapolis, MN, 2007
  • The Institute for Global Studies Faculty Travel Grant, University of Minnesota , MN, 2007
  • New York Center for Arts and Media Studio, Emerging Curator Fellowship, New York, NY , 2007
  • GRPP, University of Minnesota, MN, 2007
  • Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Grant, Meriden, CT, 2006
  • Grant-in-Aid Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, MN, 2006
  • Chair's Special Merit Award, Department of Art and College of Liberal Arts, University of, 2006
  • European Studies Consortium Travel Grant, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, MN, 2006
  • McKnight International Travel Grant, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, MN, 2006
  • Jerome Fellowship/FSP, Minneapolis, MN - New York, NY, 2005
  • McKnight International Travel Grant, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, MN, 2005
  • McKnight Summer Fellow, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, MN, 2005
  • Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota , MN, 2005
  • McKnight International Travel Grant, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, MN, 2004