Katherine E. Nash Gallery

The Gallery is closed in response to COVID-19 until further notice. More info here


Our Galleries may be closed, but there are so many incredible artists that we want to share with you. Connect with our Instagram (@umn_nash) and follow along as we post work from past exhibitions, highlight Department of Art alumni, and share the creativity of students and faculty during this unprecedented time.

If you missed our drawing show, The Beginning of Everything, make sure to check out the accompanying publication with essays by Melissa Cooke Benson, artist; Jeff Fleming, Director, Des Moines Art Center; JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey, Collector; Clarence Morgan, artist and Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota, and Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.

Catch up on your reading with more Katherine E. Nash Gallery publications.



Planning Your Visit
Contact Us
(612) 624-7530 | artdept@umn.edu

For press inquiries contact Howard Oransky, Gallery Director
horansky@umn.edu | (612) 624-6518

Gallery Hours
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Tuesday – Saturday

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

We are accessible via Metro Transit Blue and Green lines and bus routes 2 and 7. Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp; hourly or event rates may apply. Exhibitions and related events are FREE and open to the public.

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 member of the Department of Art faculty from 1961–1976, proposed that the University of Minnesota Student Unions provide space and staffing for a university art gallery. The gallery bearing her name was founded in 1979. Originally located on the lower concourse of Willey Hall, the Minnesota Student Unions supervised the Nash Gallery until 1992 when the Department of Art assumed administration of the space. In the fall of 2003, the gallery moved to its current location in the Regis Center for Art. Learn more about Katy Nash here.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibitions have been postponed in reponse to COVID-19.
Please check back for updates.

MFA 2020 Thesis postcard

A group exhibition of six artists about to complete the Master of Fine Arts degree 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. 

BFA Thesis

A group exhibition of 24 artists about to complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition includes works by Brandon Anderson, Susannah Belbas, Elise Bonnes, Jane Borstad, Ciara Cagemoe, Madeline Chamberlain, Vee Crichton-Hill, Pearl Davis, Genevieve Desotelle, Jonny Hall, Christian Hastad, Jessica Hill, Sarah Hubner-Burns, Natasia Lervik, Alyssa McCathie, Lucas Meaux, Timothy Neumann, Carol Osteyee, Nora Peterson, Taylor Robers, Evelyn Staats, Elizabeth Thelke, Cedar Thomas, and Cheryl Willis Mayer.

Past Exhibitions

Queer Forms exhibition graphic

Queer Forms 
September 10 – December 7, 2019

My Theory Is exhibition post cardMy Theory Is...
May 7 – 16, 2019

Featuring 17 artists about to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art. Nationally recognized, the Deaprtment of Art offers specialties in four main fields: painting, drawing, and printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, photography and moving images, and interdisciplinary art and social practice. Artists in the exhibition include Nana Aforo, Chase Barney, Eric Eldredge-Funn, Bastien Gibeau, Melissa Gust, Jaysen Hohlen, Harriet Matzdorf, Charles Mooney, Aaron Musickant, Carly Odegard, Ashlie (AP) Paulson, Austin Ruport, Kayla Smith, Gabriel Timmreck, Eddie Weinstine, Fletcher Wolfe, and Jiamu Wu.

MFA 2019 postcard imageThe House | The Yard 
April 9 – 27, 2019

Featuring eight artists about to complete their Master of Fine Arts degree in the
Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. Nationally recognized, the Deaprtment of Art offers specialties in four main fields: painting, drawing, and printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, photography and moving images, and interdisciplinary art and social practice. Artists in the exhibition include Katayoun Amjadi, Adam Kirk, Nina O’Leary, Anna Orbovich, Sarah Sampedro, Emily Swanberg, Anna Van Voorhis, and Asia Ward. 


The Form Will Find Its Way:
Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction

January 22 – March 30, 2019

On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts postcard image
On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts
September 12 – December 8, 2018

BFA 2018 postcard image
May 1 – 12, 2018

MFA 2018 postcard image
April 3 – 21, 2018

Politics of Weed postcard image
Politics of Weeds
February 20 – March 24, 2018

Land Body Industry postcard image
Land Body Industry
January 16 – February 10, 2018

World of Matter postcard image
World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities
September 14 – December 9, 2017

Artist on the Verge 8 work by Kelsey Bosch
Art(ists) on the Verge 8
June 1 – July 15, 2017

BFA 2017 postcard image
Message Pending
May 2 – 13, 2017

MFA 2017 postcard image
Some Assembly Required
April 4 – 22, 2017

What I Think About postcard image
What I Think About
January 17 – March 25, 2017

The Women and Money Project
September 6 – December 10, 2016

Innovating Tradition: Contemporary Interpretations of Chinese Values​
June 1 - 24, 2016

***Subject to Change
May 3 – 14, 2016

is a loop. This
April 5 – 23, 2016

Free Radicals: Remixing History Through the Power of Print
February 24 – March 26, 2016

Singing Our History: People and Places of Red Lake Nation
January 19 – February 13, 2016

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta
September 15 – December 12, 2015

re.con de.con
May 7-16, 2015

Underlined Action
April 7 – 25, 2015

The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home: James Henkel & Joyce Lyon
February 24 – March 28, 2015

January 20 - February 14, 2015

thinking making living
Semptember 2 - December 14, 2014

The Audible Edge
May 27 - June 21, 2014

Brown Study
April 8-26, 2014

From Beyond the Window
February 25 - March 29, 2014

Made in Minnesota
January 21 - February 15, 2014

Regis 10th Anniversary: Faculty Exhibitions
October 22 - December 14, 2013

Two Prospective Retrospectives: Lynn A. Gray & Wayne E. Potratz
September 3 - October 12, 2013

From Space to Place
May 28 - June 15, 2013

May 7-18, 203

Human Pyramid
April 9-27, 2013

Allen Downs Life and Work: Winter Quarter in Mexico
March 5-30, 2013

The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now
January 22 - February 23, 2013

Minnesota Funk
December 4 - January 12, 2013

Mountains Were Oceans
March 27 - April 14, 2012