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

Explore a series of virtual tours highlighting our 2020 BFA and MFA thesis exhibitions.

Starpower (BFA Thesis)
November 10 - 20, 2020
Watch Nora Peterson's full video compilation [here]. 

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.

Simcha Smith
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. 

Website: www.simchamsmith.com

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.

Website: www.kouamyang.com
Instagram: @kouayang

Lauren Flynn
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.

Kevin O'Meara
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. 

Website: www.kevin-omeara.com
Instagram: @kevin__omeara

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.

Website: www.rogerojr.com

Erika Terwilliger 
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.

Website: www.erikaterwilliger.com
Instagram: @erikaterwilliger

Contact the Gallery

Howard Oransky
Gallery Director

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

Gallery Hours

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 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.

Katherine E. Nash Gallery: Past Exhibitions

Starpower (BFA Thesis)
November 10 - 20, 2020

4,5,6 (MFA Thesis)
September 8 - October 17, 2020

Cropped graphite portrait of a woman's face by artist Melissa Cooke Benson
The Beginning of Everything:
An Exhibition of Drawings

January 21 - March 28, 2020

Queer Forms exhibition graphic

Queer Forms 
September 10 – December 7, 2019

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

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

The Form Will Find Way postcard image
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

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.