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Elise Armani: Making Room

The Regis Center for Art presents "Making Room", a group exhibition of sculptural works curated by fourth-year GWSS undergraduate student Elise Armani
February 20, 2017


The Regis Center for Art presents Making Room, a group exhibition of sculptural works curated by fourth-year undergraduate student Elise Armani. Artists featured in the show include Anna Campbell, Paige Carlson, Michael David Franklin, Marc LaPointe, Daniel Luedtke, Rosemary McBride, Emmett Ramstad, Alaura Seidl and Dustin Yager.


Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art | University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis
Ph: (612) 624-7530 |


March 28 - April 22, 2017
Gallery hours are 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Tuesday- Saturday

Public Reception

Saturday, April 8th, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Free and open to the public

Parking, Accessibility, Cost

Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp, 5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp; hourly or event rates apply. These parking locations and the Regis Center for Art are wheelchair-accessible. Exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.


Exhibitions in the Quarter Gallery are sponsored by the Department of Art and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. Research for this exhibition was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Minnesota.


(Minneapolis) -- The Regis Center for Art presents Making Room from March 28 through April 22, 2017. The exhibition features work by nine contemporary artists living and working in the Midwest who explore the relationships between objects, the body, queerness and the domestic space. The included artists work across a range of contemporary art practices including ceramics, performance, quilting, and sculpture and are united by their common interest in permeating established boundaries that divide the personal and political, the private and public, and the functional and artistic object. Challenging the way we inhabit and move through space both physically and conceptually, the works raise questions of access, mobility, and the way our identities shape our experience of place.

Anna Campbell, A Pocket, A Cue, A Shot, detail, 2012

Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell’s work deconstructs otherwise clearly legible signifiers of masculinity and heteronormativity in the service of illustrating alternate histories of attachment and desire.  Recent solo exhibits have been held at BOSI Contemporary in New York, Tractionarts in Los Angeles, and the Window Into Houston at the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston. Recent group exhibitions have been held at Seoul National University of Science and Technology in South Korea, Yale University, and A.I.R. Gallery in New York. She earned a BA from the College of Wooster and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Campbell is Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Paige Carlson, Goodbye to my Body, detail, 2016

Paige Carlson

Paige Carlson’s work studies uncanny objects that re-present. She often uses the body, objects that mimic the body, cartoon logic, queer pairings, and the slight bubbling of the hysterical, to create a practice of discernment in uncertain spaces. She has exhibited work at The Soap Factory, Larson Gallery, Yeah Maybe Gallery and Bryant Lake Bowl and is in her final semester of a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Minnesota.

Michael David Franklin, Asimile Quilt #2, 2016

Michael David Franklin

Michael David Franklin uses quiltmaking to explore what it means to live in a body. He makes quilt tops by disassembling shirts, pants, and dresses sourced from thrift stores and using the pattern lines of these disassembled pieces to improvise organic design and form. His quilt backs consist of bedsheets, pillowcases, and other found household fabrics. Inspired by the improvisational quilts of Gee’s Bend and the graphic prints of Eduardo Paolozzi, Franklin’s work repurposes everyday textiles to explore how bodies inhabit public and private spaces, and how these styles of inhabitation relate to social and cultural life. He completed a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2011. He lives in Chicago.

Marc LaPointe, I Know We Both Won’t Say A Word, detail, 2014

Marc LaPointe

Marc LaPointe is a mover, thinker, and hoarder. His interdisciplinary art practice excavates materials from his hometown in northern Idaho to explore uncanny relationships to found materials. Rather than providing answers, his studio practice is empowered by the goal of inciting questions within himself and viewers that cause reflection on how one physically inhabits the world. For additional information and past projects, please visit

Daniel Luedtke, Curtain of Negative Shapes and Derivative Bodies, detail, 2013

Daniel Luedtke

Daniel Luedtke lives, labors and loves in Chicago and makes art between several mediums such as drawing, music, painting, sculpture and video. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2013 and has exhibited work nationally and internationally in spaces such the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Tom of Finland Foundation (Los Angeles), Museum of Art and Design (New York), and NP3 Gallery (Netherlands). For additional information about past projects, please visit

Rosemary McBride

Rosemary McBride is an interdisciplinary artist and domestic worker born and raised in the Twin Cities. Her work is part of a broader desire for gnosis and centers the idea that belief is a tool. In her present work, using mundane material becomes a part of bringing everyday life and practices into spiritual context. Weaving became an important media for her due to its ability to provide dense cross-cultural insight to the inseparable histories of gender and labor. Additionally her interest in weaving stems from its connection to the history of programming linguistics and therefore its ability to encode information and meaning into efficient and beautiful forms. She also works in multiple 2D mediums, video, music, and poetry and a broad sampling of her past work can be found at  

Emmett Ramstad, Under Garment, 2014

Emmett Ramstad

Emmett Ramstad is an artist whose work investigates the intimate ordinary through sculptural representations of bodies and their detritus. Ramstad lives and works in Minneapolis and has exhibited artworks nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Rochester Art Center. He is a recipient of several grants and fellowships including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, an Art and Change grant through The Leeway Foundation, and a Professional Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Hiis work is in collections at the Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Second State Press. Ramstad received an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is a lecturer in the Department of Art at University of Minnesota.

Alaura Seidl, Daily Ramifications, 2017

Alaura Seidl

Alaura Seidl is a transdisciplinary artist and nonbinary trans person interested in the social aspects of art making and the creative dimensions of liberation. Alaura is a teaching artist at heart and serves as the Director of the ArtWrite Collective in Madison, Wisconsin, where they experiment with how art might contribute to matters of equity and social justice.

Dustin Yager, Untitled (Trash Can), 2015

Dustin Yager

Dustin Yager is a ceramic artist whose installation and functional work deals with popular perceptions of class, pottery, taste and all that goes along with it. His work has been exhibited nationally, and he has given presentations about his work and academic research at Pecha Kucha Chicago, the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, the Soap Factory, the American Craft Council, and elsewhere. Yager earned a MA degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and holds a BA from Carleton College. Now living and working in Brooklyn, New York, he is originally from Wyoming.