Katherine E. Nash Gallery

"A Tender Spirit, A Vital Form" on cream background above composite of two artworks: yellow swirls on white above and a person's eyes duplicated in a frame over their forehead below.
Composite image by Nyeema Morgan
Top: Morgan, Fuzzy Thinking, 2015, detail, acrylic, ink and graphite on paper, 16 x 16 in.
Bottom: Arlene Burke-Morgan, Proceed with Caution, 1996, detail, water-base crayon on paper, 60 x 40 in.
A brown bulbous ceramic sculpture on white background, similar to a thumb with score marks near the bottom.
Arlene Burke-Morgan, untitled, undated, ceramic sculpture, 14 x 13 x 9 in.
Abstract painting of white lines atop red, yellow, and blue swirls on black
Arlene Burke-Morgan, Untitled, 2013, acrylic on paper. Image 27 x 27 in., sheet 40 x 30 in.
Abstract line drawing inside form made of intersecting circles on white
Morgan, Medieval Remnants, 2011, Mixed-media collage-drawing on 3M Scotchcal film, 10.5 x 10.5 in.
Abstract drawing of blue and black lines swirling on white.
Morgan, Untitled, 2017, graphite and colored pencil on Duralar. Image 18.5 x 18 .5 in, frame 25 x 25 in.

Upcoming Closure

The Gallery will be closed March 6-13 for University Spring Break.

A Tender Spirit, A Vital Form: Arlene Burke-Morgan & Clarence Morgan
January 17 - March 18, 2023

Arlene Burke-Morgan (1950-2017) and Morgan (b. 1950) (née Clarence Morgan) epitomized the artist-couple: in love with each other and devoted not only to their art but also to their family and faith, and to the wider community of students and artists. Originally from Philadelphia, they moved to Minneapolis in 1992 when Morgan joined the faculty in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. Arlene Burke-Morgan also taught as a lecturer in the Department of Art from 1992 to 1996. Morgan retired his position as Professor of Art at the end of 2021. A Tender Spirit, A Vital Form: Arlene Burke-Morgan & Clarence Morgan brings together 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and related ephemera by these two artists that spans over four decades of making. Learn more about the remarkable life and studio practices of Arlene and Morgan.

Public Program & Reception

In case you missed it watch our recorded public program featuring remarks by Department of Art Chair Christine Baeumler, exhibition artist Morgan, and the exhibition catalogue essayists Robert Cozzolino, Tia-Simone Gardner, Bill Gaskins, and Nyeema Morgan.

As an added treat watch the beautiful slideshow below that captures the exhibition celebration and tender moments over the years shared by Morgan, Arlene, and their family.

Exhibition Catalogue & Sponsorship

The catalogue includes 100 full-page color images of artworks by Arlene Burke-Morgan and Morgan and original essays by Robert Cozzolino, Tia-Simone Gardner, Bill Gaskins, and Nyeema Morgan. The catalogue available for purchase online through University of Minnesota Press. The exhibition catalogue was made possible by a generous contribution from the Department of Art, through the Harold Adams Fund.

The exhibition is curated by Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and is presented with the generous in-kind support of Metropolitan Picture Framing and Wet Paint Artist Materials and Framing.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery spans 5,000 square feet for the presentation of exhibitions and related programming that engage with a wide range of artists, scholars, and collaborative partners.

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

Access the gallery via the Regis Center for Art main entrance. Plan to call upon arrival if the entrance is locked: 612-624-7530.

Tuesday and Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm

Upcoming Closure
The Gallery will be closed March 6-13 for University Spring Break.

Contact Us
Gallery Attendant Desk

Administrative Office

Parking & Public Transit
Learn more about the parking options below:
21st Avenue South ramp
5th Street South lot
19th Avenue South ramp

The Gallery is accessible via Metro Transit buses and light rail lines. For your best route, visit Metro Transit Trip Planner.

Regis Center for Art is accessible to visitors who use mobility devices or prefer to avoid stairs. Service animals are welcome in the gallery.

A fully accessible, gender neutral restroom is available on the 2nd floor of the Regis Center for Art (West). To access this restroom, take the elevator to the 2nd floor and proceed across the skyway towards Regis West. As you exit the skyway the restroom will be directly across from you. Fully accessible gendered restrooms are located directly to the left hand side when exiting the gallery on the first floor of Regis Center for Art (East).

Large bags and backpacks must be left at the gallery front desk with the attendant. In order to protect the art, no food or drink is allowed in the gallery.

March 28 - April 15, 2023
lineage (MFA Thesis)

Saturday, April 1, 2023
Public Program & Reception, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
6:00 - 6:30 PM, Program
6:3 0 - 8:30 PM, Reception

May 2 - 11, 2023
BFA Thesis

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.