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Laura Stack - ICOSA

Lecturers Laura Stack, Melissa Borman and Jim Hittinger Exhibition in Austin

Driving South in a Mostly Straight Line is the first phase of an art exchange between Rosalux Gallery, an art collective based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ICOSA collective of Austin, Texas. Selected by Andrea Mellard, the exhibition introduces Austin to the 20 members of Rosalux. In turn, Rosalux will be presenting the work of ICOSA collective’s 20 members in Minneapolis in May. The first exhibition of this two-city art exchange is comprised of a diverse of artmaking practices including painting, mixed media sculpture, watercolor, photography, printmaking, drawing, and collage. While 1,176 miles separate the two artist collectives, the common goal to support their fellow artists and share their community’s creative output brings them together. “One of my favorite aspects of Austin’s arts community is how groups of artists come together to just make what they want happen. I have been impressed by the way artist collective ICOSA has supported each other, developed spaces to present work, and now are exchanging art shows with Rosalux Gallery. I appreciated the opportunity to review and select for exhibition the diverse art made by the twenty members of Minneapolis’ longest running collective art gallery. I hope the Rosalux exchange introduces Austin to new artists and that their work and commitment to sustaining a creative community are inspiring.”
Chris Larson - Second Shift Studio Space

Associate Professor Chris Larson Opens "Second Shift Studio Space"

Second Shift is an artist-led effort to provide better resources to working artists and build communities of arts appreciators. Second Shift is a space for making, for gathering, for listening, and for experimenting. At the core of Second Shift’s philosophy is the belief that what artists need more than anything else is the time, space, and energy to develop their practice, outside of the constraints of financial influence. Despite how fundamental these needs are, they often go unmet through traditional residency and fellowship models. This difficulty is compounded by the noticeable disappearance of affordable studio space in the city. To address this, Second Shift will offer free, year-long studio residencies to four artists/makers/thinkers who identify as women or who are gender non-conforming.  Second Shift operates under the belief that helping one artist can help an entire community. When artists are provided the resources they need to fully engage their practice, they produce more relevant and challenging work, art that has the capacity to promote conversation, generosity, and engagement with the world around it.
There is really no difference between art and prayer - Schroeder

Sayge Carroll (MFA21) and Prof. Lamar Peterson in "How to become lost"

How to become lost is an exploration into the ways artists escape into the content and method of their work as a means to process, heal, and liberate–and to get closer to a truth about life in ways that cannot necessarily be seen or framed through ordinary language or experience. This exhibition invites you to be transported into the complexity and humanity of each artists’ work and world, but also poses the question of why and what motivates someone to create: asking viewers to consider the tensions of making work in a painful, traumatic, accelerated and angering climate while holding desire for artwork to be slow, pleasurable, and meaningful. Is this process futile? Are we allowed to enjoy our work? What privileges come with escapism? How important is it, or detrimental? How do we reclaim our space, our work, our joy?
Pollinators at the Plains

Associate Prof. Christine Baeumler Publishes "Pollinators at the Plains"

"Pollinator Garden for Plains Art Museum" is a work of environmental, socially engaged art on the museum campus, led by artist Christine Baeumler in collaboration with museum staff, youth interns, and a host of community and regional partners. Essays by Colleen J. Sheehy and Iain Biggs place this project and Baeumler’s work within the wider context of contemporary art.
Professor Jenny Schmid

Prof. Jenny Schmid Receives McKnight Fellowship

The Highpoint Center for Printmaking is excited to announce the recipients of our inaugural McKnight Printmaking Fellowship: artists Jenny Schmid (left) and Justin Quinn (right). Beginning in February 2019, the McKnight Printmaking Fellows receive awards of $25K, extensive access and support at Highpoint’s workshop, as well as conversations with local and national arts professionals. Their fellowship will conclude with an exhibition at Highpoint in January 2020 and will feature discussions with the community about their work.
Lorena Molina - Sick Chicken

Hyperallergic Reviews Exhibition Curated by Mara Duvra (MFA15)

“Yes, and the body has a memory. The physical carriage hauls more than its weight. The body is the threshold across which each objectionable call passes into consciousness — all the unintimidated, unblinking, and unflappable resilience does not erase the moments lived through, even as we are eternally stupid or everlastingly optimistic, so ready to be inside, among, a part of the games.” ― Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — With Yes, and the body has memory, Minneapolis-based curator Mara Duvra has put together a challenging group show of women photographers, who are all grappling with notions of trauma, family, and ancestral connections, and the female body.
Wintertide - Public Functionary

Grad Student Katayoun Amjadi Featured in Wintertide Exhibition

Wintertide is a bi-annual juried exhibition produced by Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), facilitated by Public Functionary, and graciously supported by the Cedarwoods Foundation. Wintertide was created in 2015 to highlight NEMAA member artists’ high level of professional artistic capability. Goals for the exhibit include: connect artists, NEMAA, and Public Functionary to a wider range of arts patrons and buyers, support artists professionally, and build the reputation and recognition of Northeast Minneapolis as a premier, respected visual arts community in the region. Juried Biennial Exhibitions are an important instigator in the discovery of exceptional work of emerging, mid-career and established artists based on a competitive jury process.

Claytopia: NCECA Conference comes to Minneapolis

Claytopia, NCECA’s 53rd annual conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019. Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces. Adaptation of Mingei-inspired ideals within the American heartland drove a vision of artfulness in daily life. Claytopia will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students to produce an array of exhibitions and experiences that build on, respond to, celebrate, and push against ceramic art’s diverse legacies. Together, we will expand critical discourse on teaching, learning, aesthetics, social impacts, design thinking, and artistic production.

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