Katherine E. Nash Gallery

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Breaking Silence: Design for a Changing World
January 19 - March 26, 2021
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Covid-19 and fashion are not, in fact, antagonists. Rather, they are in dialogue, for they are natural interlocutors. They both live at the intersection of culture and the body. - Rhonda Garelick

Breaking Silence: Design for a Changing World features diverse esthetics that share a commitment to the essential role design can play as we navigate the challenges of our time. This exhibition is a collaboration with the College of Design’s Apparel Design Program and the Goldstein Museum of Design. The Apparel Design Program has contributed the work of 12 designers, all of whom are candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Spring 2021. Lizzy Cobb, Noah Garon, Annie Holmes, Jahanvi Kamra, Mia Minnema, Thao Nguyen, Lauren Nicol, Wendy Sandoval, Chia Thao, Darunee Thao, Chong Xiong, and Xilin Yang offer their individual and unique perspectives as they complete the Bachelor of Science Apparel Design Program. Collectively, they confront and reflect upon the systemic issues in the fashion industry, utilizing the power of design to meet the needs of a changing world.

Seventeen handbags from the Goldstein Museum of Design's collection reflect the innovation and challenges of 100 years of plastics as a design material. This selection of elegant purses from the permanent collection of the GMD includes designers André Courrèges, Halston, Harveys, Charles Jourdan, Loop Designs, Pixie Mood, and Louis Vuitton.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery has invited Professor Brenda J. Child and Minneapolis designer Ka Oskar Ly to share their research and creative practices. The inspiring history of the Jingle Dress Dance Tradition is the subject of a documentary, Jingle Dress Dancers in the Modern World: Ojibwe People and Pandemics, by Brenda J. Child, Northrop Professor of American Studies. This film is seen alongside three glorious jingle dresses shared by University of Minnesota students Summer DuMarce, Jaeden King, and Benay McNamara. Watch the full documentary.

The stunning Queer Hmong French American esthetic of Ka Oskar Ly’s garment design is on display and explored in photographs by Nancy Musinguzi. View the selection of photographs.

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Howard Oransky
Gallery Director

Mission & History

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. 

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.


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

Gallery Hours

Currently closed to the public in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are open by appointment only to University faculty, staff, and students. Schedule your appointment.

Accessibility & Parking

We are accessible via Metro Transit's Blue LineGreen Line, Bus route 2, and Bus route 7. Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp.

In Memory of George Floyd: A Statement from the Katherine E. Nash Gallery
In Memory of George Floyd: A Statement from the Katherine E. Nash Gallery

On behalf of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, operated by the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, we add our voices to the collective expressions of sadness, grief, and outrage heard across our community, the country, and the world in memory of George Floyd.

We believe that a university art gallery can make a contribution in the struggle for racial equality and justice -- by showing and promoting the work of a wide variety of artists, including artists of color, and by increasing the dialogue in support of the artists and their work. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery aspires to 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. 

This powerful image of Sarah Vaughan by the great American photographer Hugh Bell will be included in the forthcoming exhibition A Picture Gallery of the Soul, planned for the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in 2021. The result of 5 years of curatorial research and planning, A Picture Gallery of the Soul will feature the work of African American artists from Minnesota and across the country whose practice incorporates the photographic medium, and will include diverse artistic perspectives from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Photograph of Sarah Vaughan by Hugh Bell
Hugh Bell (1927-2012)
Sarah Vaughan, 1955
Lifetime Silver Gelatin Print
© The Estate of Hugh Bell

A Picture Gallery of the Soul will demonstrate that the history of American photography and the history of African American culture and politics are two interconnected histories. From the daguerreotypes made by Jules Lion in New Orleans in 1840, to the lectures on the possibilities of photography delivered by Frederick Douglass in the 1860s, to the iconic images of Jazz made in the 20th century, to the Instagram post of the Baltimore Uprising made by Devin Allen in 2015, photography has chronicled African American life and African Americans have defined the possibilities of photography. A Picture Gallery of the Soul will honor, celebrate, investigate and interpret Black history, culture and politics in America.

We believe that art can help us become more compassionate, better human beings. We dedicate our work to that belief.

Herman J. Milligan, Jr., Ph.D.
Howard Oransky
Exhibition Curators, A Picture Gallery of the Soul

Teréz Iacovino
Nash Gallery Assistant Curator

Our thanks to the family and Estate of Hugh Bell and Gartenberg Media.