Katherine E. Nash Gallery

Current Exhibition

Reverent and Irreverent Objects by Tom Lane
January 18 – March 19, 2022
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Ceramic wall sculpture of a clenched first balancing the world atop of its thumb.
Tom Lane, Balancing Act, 2020, porcelain, 17 x 8 x 10 in.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota presents Reverent and Irreverent Objects by Tom Lane, an exhibition celebrating the 44-year artistic and teaching career of Associate Professor Tom Lane in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. 

"We all have experiences that shape us. Growing up in a small town in northeastern Wisconsin, I spent my summers playing in the woods, building treehouses, fishing in the river and learning woodworking from my grandfather. I realized early on that I loved making things. I also realized early on that I cared for the diversity in the community in which I lived. I was raised in a Catholic family. My mother discouraged my siblings and me from playing with the Protestant and Jewish neighbors. That was a big red flag for me. I knew there was beauty and value in all people and all things. My ideology was forming as I grew from childhood to manhood. I went to college, quit college, got drafted, and found myself in Vietnam. The red flag got bigger. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the red flag had the letters PTSD embroidered on the back in very small letters. Spending a year, at age 21, in a war zone was formative, to say the least. I am thankful that I did not have to take any lives during my tour in Vietnam. The death and destruction that I witnessed created deep impressions; not in a debilitating way, but in a strong emotional way that fueled my artistic practice and my actions as a citizen. After my discharge from the Army, I returned to college and became active in the antiwar movement. I recall our raised fists as we protested the war in Vietnam. My return to college nourished my heart and my mind. I studied Art, Art History, Architecture, Design, Philosophy, and Religion. Many of the works in this exhibition bridge these disciplines. Ceramic vessels become monuments, chairs become metaphors for relationships or challenge ideas of utopia. Some of the objects in this exhibition are purely Reverent and some of the objects in this exhibition are purely Irreverent but are somewhere in-between. In-between because conversations are needed." – Tom Lane

Tom Lane is a Minneapolis-based artist and an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Lane’s artistic practice embraces various forms of digital technology including digital ceramic printing. Porcelain is his primary medium, a material with history and symbolism. Lane employs appropriation and hybridization in his practice and makes conceptual, not functional, vessels. Tom Lane’s work has been exhibited at Hunter College, New York, NY; Genesee Gallery, Rochester, NY; Brown University, Providence, RI; Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Houston, TX; Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS; Market House Craft Center, Petersburg, PA; and numerous other venues nationally, and in the People’s Republic of China at the Central Fine Arts Academy, Beijing; and the Great China Museum, Jingdezhen. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the September 11 National Museum, New York, NY; the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; the Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Timberwolves, Target Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Donna and Cargill MacMillan Collection, Indian Well, CA; and the Sanbao International Ceramic Art Museum, Jingdezhen City, Jiangxi Province, P.R. China.

Plan Your Visit

Gallery Hours

The gallery will be closed the week of March 8-12 for University Spring break.

Tuesdays and Fridays, 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday and Thursdays, 11 am – 7 pm
Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm

For non-UMN cardholders, please call the gallery desk at (612) 624-7530 to be let into the building. This phone number and building information are also listed on the building doors.


Regis Center for Art (East)
405 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Contact the Gallery

General inquiries

Howard Oransky
Gallery Director

Teréz Iacovino 
Assistant Curator

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Mission & Vision

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. 

  • We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society.

  •  The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community -- a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future.

  •  The Nash Gallery will play an indispensable role in the educational development of students, faculty, staff and the community.


Professor Katherine "Katy" E. Nash (1910–1982), a faculty member of the Department of Art from 1961–1976, proposed that the Student Union create a university art gallery. Founded in 1979, the gallery moved to its current location in the Regis Center for Art in 2003. Learn more about the remarkable life and work of Professor Nash.