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Jess Hirsch Opens the Women's Woodshop
What does it mean to have a feminine approach to woodworking, and to a shared woodshop? Hirsch clarifies that the space is not focused on the absence of men (there are some co-ed classes), but on the presence of women and non-binary arists, teachers, craftspersons and amateurs. "It's really all about supporting makers in the learning experience. It's about giving people space and time to learn at their own pace, not interjecting immediately when someone is struggling. They're able to either come to me and ask for help, or take the time to figure it out. Other situations I've experienced with woodshops, I've been corrected immediately and unable to learn at my own pace."
Shaping Molten Metal with Tamsie Ringler
Ringler has been a full-time, Term Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota for the last three years, and she has been in charge of the Foundry program since Professor Emeritus Wayne Potratz retired. She received recognition for her work with metal in the form of a McKnight Fellowship in 2017, and there are no signs of her slowing down. Her recent work explores the energy of landscape through mold-making and casting, and she has an ambitious project in mind that involves casting every mammal on earth – some 5600 species – as part of a broad conservation effort.
Street Life: Photographing the City
It’s far too easy to spend the day sucked into the screen of your phone or laptop, essentially oblivious to the details of the world around you, whether that means the cracks in the sidewalk, the faded signage on corner convenience stores, or the quotidian rhythms of pedestrians and commerce on a given city block. Both Grant and Hoolihan are inspired by the cityscape right outside the doors of the University of Minnesota, and have treated this summer workshop course as an opportunity to inspire and encourage their students to explore their immediate surroundings with a sense of intention, awakeness and awareness.
Remembering Katherine E. Nash
Surveying her body of work in bronze casting and welded metal, the depth of her curiosity, experimentation and playfulness quickly become apparent. Almost 50 years after her initial entry into the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate, and fifteen years after she began teaching there, Katherine E. Nash retired in 1976. Though she had been the only female faculty member of the art department for more than a decade, she lived to see the impact of her hard work over the years, as women slowly began to play a larger and larger role in the composition of the faculty.
Nooshin Hakim Javadi Takes Flight
MFA candidate Nooshin Hakim Javadi is just finishing her degree, but she is already getting international attention and accolades. This summer she is a Jerome Foundation Fellow at the Franconia Sculpture Park, and just received the prestigious Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center.
"We Move Still" at Franconia Sculpture Park
Rosenow and Martin were excited about the opportunity to create something on a much more monumental scale than they had ever worked before. They were inspired by the projects of Félix González-Torres, Ann Hamilton and Roni Horn, who use everyday materials in unfamiliar ways. For their giant blue curtains they settled on debris netting fabric, made of knit polyethylene, which is commonly used in the construction of skyscrapers. For the height of the piece, they decided upon 34 feet because that was the upper limit imposed by the logistics of constructing the steel support frame.
A New Plasma Cutter for the Regis Center for Art
Professor Tamsie Ringler Receives Academic Innovation Grant for CNC Plasma Cutter
"Superusted" at UICA
Exhibition curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne (MFA '08) featuring work by numerous UMN alums on view at UICA in Grand Rapids, MI
The Art of Aging
Art alumnus Jim Denomie's vivid, edgy paintings have attracted international attention.