Katherine E. Nash Gallery
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is closed for installation and will reopen to UMN faculty, staff by appointment only starting January 19, 2021. We are closed to the general public for Spring 2021 in an effort to Stop the Spread of COVID-19.
Breaking Silence: Designing for A Changing World
January 19 - March 26, 2021
Fall 2020 EXHIBITION VIRTUAL TOURS
Explore a series of virtual tours highlighting our 2020 BFA and MFA thesis exhibitions.
A star forms slowly over time, gathering and compressing material, growing hotter and denser with each rotation. Once this material reaches 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit, nuclear fusion occurs, and a star is born. To make something out of the unknown immensity that surrounds you is a miraculous act. This group of 16 artists was presented with such a daunting task as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
With works ranging from sculptures constructed in the garage to living room photoshoots, from paintings large and small made in bedrooms to late night hours perfecting an animation, these artists have shown unwavering commitment and ingenuity. As Director of Undergraduate Studies Paul Shambroom put it best, “The work of this talented and dedicated group bears the mark of this time, but it is not defined nor limited by it.” Artists in the exhibition include Elise Bonnes, Jane Borstad, Ciara Cagemoe, Madeline Chamberlain, Genevieve Desotelle, Christian Hastad, Jessica Hill, Sarah Hubner-Burns, Alyssa McCathie, El Meaux, Tim Neumann, Nora Peterson, Taylor Robers, Evelyn Staats, Beth Thelke, and Cheza Willis.
4,5,6 (MFA Thesis)
September 8 - October 17, 2020
View images of the exhibition [here].
4,5,6 features the work of six recently graduated Master of Fine Arts students in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition includes works by Lauren Flynn, Kevin O’Meara, Roger Ourthiague Jr., Simcha Smith, Erika Terwilliger, and Kuab Maiv Yaj - Koua Mai Yang. Lauren Flynn’s work comes about through the creation of structures which make room for and are transformed by play and coincidence. Working with photography and books, Kevin O’Meara’s meditative approach to image-making explores the relationship between spirituality, addiction, and grief. Driven by a desire for novelty and learning new techniques, Roger Ourthiague Jr.’s interdisciplinary practice is constantly changing yet centers on our shared experience regarding mass media. Simcha Smith’s sculptures and performances use food, sacred objects, and language to create fragile and temporal installations. Using a variety of materials, Erika Terwilliger creates systems that interrogate the collecting of objects and ephemerality. Kuab Maiv Yaj - Koua Mai Yang engages with multiple mediums and disciplines within Western and Hmong notions of art to investigate recurring themes surrounding her bi-cultural identity, history, home, female experiences and Hmong patriarchy.
As humans, we are a culmination of so many little parts. But what happens when those parts become obscured? Who do we call family when our ancestry has been shrouded? Through the use of materials that feel sacred, yet mundane, Simcha Smith's installation Lucy, the Same Night investigates human origin, ancestral connections, and processes of decay and preservation.
Kuab Maiv Yaj - Koua Mai Yang
Hnav Hmoob - Wear Hmong is an on-going intersectional investigation of Hmong textiles that began as a durational performance and series of self-portraits. Kuab Maiv Yaj - Koua Mai Yang Yang has an obsession with what she terms “the traditionally dressed Hmong female ghost”—a saturation of images that have become synonymous with representations of Hmong culture. This layered installation features video projection, sculpture, photography, and found objects that challenge dominant representations of Hmong culture.
How do we navigate between attunement and habit? How does this awareness, or lack thereof, play out in the objects we choose to share space with? Through large-scale mobiles, interactive artist books, and resting sculptures, Lauren Flynn creates a quiet, yet active space for contemplation. Flynn is interested in objects that are open to movement or suggest the potential for movement, but that also respond to the movement of our bodies.
For Kevin O'Meara, what began as an artist book entitled, The Housemate, has grown into an evolving installation including large scale photographs, assemblages of collected notes, images, and small objects, and a series of shirts that act as a proxy for friends, both living and dead. O'Meara examines the relationship between care and capitalism, and the ideas and structures that frame institutional spaces of treatment.
Roger Ourthiague Jr.
Through choir music, prose, colored lights, strange sounds, and candles within the pamphlets, Roger Ourthiague Jr. introduces the character, Propaganda, both an embodiment of its definitions and tropes, and an infinitely complicated entity with corporeal account. This work is an investigation of a formattable persuasion tactic and is political at its core. It is not political in a specific sense; it mediates the complexity of today’s polarization giving space for apolitical contemplation. Watch the full video animation of Propaganda as part of the installation.
Through laborious processes of dyeing, weaving, and forming clay, Erika Terwilliger’s installation, Second Stomach, investigates the evolving relationship between tool and maker, utility and value. For months, Terwilliger sorted, recorded, weighed, dried, and stored all her food waste. Terwilliger is interested in domestic systems that move in cycles, in processes of generation and preservation.
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Mission & History
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research
laboratory for the practice and interpretation
of the visual arts.
Professor Katherine "Katy" E. Nash (1910–1982),
proposed that the Student Union provide space
and staffing for a university art gallery. The gallery
bearing her name was founded in 1979 and in 2003
moved to the Regis Center for Art. Learn more [here].
Regis Center for Art (East)
405 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Closed to the general public for Spring 2021.
Will reopen to UMN faculty, staff, and students
by appointment only starting January 19, 2021.
Accessibility & Parking
We are accessible via Metro Transit's Blue Line, Green Line, Bus route 2, and Bus route 7. Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp, 5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp.