March 2011 Archives


University of Minnesota
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
Student Association Presents:

April 7, 155 Nicholson, 7 pm
Screening of Festival Selections, Contest, and Q&A with Artists
All UMTC Undergraduates Eligible for Contest
Selected Entries Judged by UMTC Film Faculty/Staff
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards
Submission Criteria:

15-Minute Maximum - Any Genre
DVD Submission to Include:
Title & Short Description of Work and Artist
Drop off submissions to 235 Nicholson Hall
(Drop Box Outside CSCL Office for After Hours Submissions)

Contact CSCLSA President Rob Dorey at

You're invited to the Publication Party for a new Artists' Book

by Thomas Rose and Wilber H. "Chip" Schilling

Arthur & Barbara

March 29, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 (artist talk at 7pm)
Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis

Arthur & Barbara is a portrait of art critic/philosopher Arthur Danto
and artist Barbara Westman seen reflected in the space of their New
York City apartment on Riverside Drive. This book embodies their life
and work in symbolic forms of thoughtful play.

Edition size: 20

Published: 2011

Size: 13 x 12 x 7 inches

Medium: Mahogany, aluminum, DVD,
letterpress and archival pigment
printing, laser etching, duplex plastic,
paper and Van Heek cloth

Pre-publication price: $1,200 USD
through March 2011

Arthur & Barbara is a collection of simple objects, images and "games"
referring to both Duchamp's Boîte-en-valise and to Fluxus Collections.
The box containes laser etched glass with a plan view of the apartment.
Beneath the glass, separated spaces hold a DVD with images of Arthur,
Barbara and their apartment, a hand bound codex exploring oral and written
language, a glass block etched with an illustration by Barbara Westman,
two chairs, handmade dice, and a spinner. A drawer contains a folio of
letters written by Sean Scully, Shirin Neshat and Barbara Westman,
and an introduction by David Carrier.

Soo Visual Arts Center Presents:
Soo Local: We Are Animal: New Work by Jessica Teckemeyer
Opening Reception: Saturday April 9, 6-9PM
April 9-May 22, 2011

The work of Jessica Teckemeyer immerses the viewer in physical spaces enriched by the interplay between fantasy and reality. Her art, through a variety of different mediums, explores how human understanding of the physical and psychological are informed by a myriad of experiences from the mythological to the mundane. Jessica mines history to extract iconography that can inform contemporary issues, creating a more universal narrative for the viewer, imbuing her work with a symbolic language that explores inner confrontation, spirituality, vulnerability, strength and death.

We Are Animal deals primary with a false sense of control over internal and external influences. The human condition may be domesticated but deep down we are animals. By focusing on allusions to fierceness, monstrosity, and mutation the work creates a place "where instinct and reason are indiscernible." The existence of moral dilemma in her sculptures "relates to the contemporary self, allowing the viewer to contemplate the notion of contradictions in the mind." Teckemeyer's use of materials has a pronounced physicality; sensual and lush confronting the audience with a fascinating paradox of attraction and repulsion.

Jessica Teckemeyer recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Minnesota and has received numerous student awards. She has already exhibited nationally and internationally though this will be her first solo exhibition in the Twin Cities.

Soo Visual Arts Center is located at 2638 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis, on the corner of Lyndale Avenue South and 27th Street. Gallery hours are: Wed. thru Fri. 11-7, Sat. & Sun 10-6pm. SooVAC is a nonprofit 501 c3 arts organization that depends on support from our friends and visitors.

WHAT: Informational meeting reviewing costs, lodging, and the program in general
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30th @ 12:00pm - 12:30pm
WHERE: Room W257, Regis Center for Art
405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

This intensive 3-week, 3-credit class offers graduate students and advanced undergraduates an opportunity to experience the New York art world firsthand. Living in the city for the duration, each student will have access to a private studio to explore his or her creative work. In addition to the studio component, the course is arranged as a professional development seminar, wherein students will visit a wide range of arts institutions in New York City as well as working artist studios, galleries, museums, and alternative spaces. The course will culminate in an exhibition in New York and later in Minneapolis showcasing the best efforts of those involved.



Siegel and McGeehee 3/31!

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The New York-based collaborative filmmaking team of David Siegel and Scott McGeehee will be in Minneapolis to present their work on THURSDAY, MARCH 31 - 7:00 P.M. in the INFLUX AUDITORIUM - REGIS CENTER FOR ART.

The Film Society of Minneapolis - Saint Paul will screen four Siegel and McGeehee feature-length films, UNCERTAINTY at 7:15 on Friday, April 01 (Q & A with filmmakers follows this screening) and Suture (5:00), The Deep End (7:00) and Bee Season (9:15) on Saturday, April 02 at the Saint Anthony Main Theater.

Siegel & McGehee began making short films together in San Francisco in 1990. Together they have collaborated on four feature films as writers/directors/producers, including: their critically acclaimed debut, SUTURE (1994), a playful upending of genre expectations; THE DEEP END (2001), an award-winning suspense thriller adapted from the 1947 Elizabeth Sanxay Holding novel The Blank Wall; and most recently, the experimental UNCERTAINTY (2009), an improvised exploration of chance and choice, made in New York City, where Siegel & McGehee currently live and work. Their films have screened at the Telluride, Toronto, Sundance, and Cannes Film Festivals, amongst others, and won numerous awards. The pair also attended the Sundance Writers Lab with an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's THIS SWEET SICKNESS in 1999. Their film BEE SEASON, written by Naomi Foner, was released by Fox Searchlight in 2005; and they are currently at work on a new feature titled WHAT MAISIE KNEW, adapted by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne from the Henry James novel of the same title.

Scott McGehee is a graduate of Columbia University, with a BA in English, as well as an advanced degree in Japanese Cinema Studies from UC Berkeley's Department of Rhetoric. David Siegel is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with a BA in Architecture, as well as a recipient of an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.

The Department of Art, the West Bank Arts Quarter and the Film Society of Minneapolis - Saint Paul are excited to present this rare opportunity to see the work of this multi-talented filmmaking team and to participate in a dialog about their long-standing collaboration and creative processes.

MN Arts Count

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Dear friends,

Whether a personal or professional interest, arts are important to you - and to the quality of life in Minnesota. The Minnesota Legacy Amendment passed in 2008 helps support creative expression through grants dispersed by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

As part of dedicating funding to the arts from the Amendment, the state legislature has called for the Minnesota State Arts Board and the state's regional arts councils to conduct a census of artists and artistic organizations to measure the far-reaching influence of the arts in the state.

The Minnesota State Arts Board invites anyone who, professionally or personally, engages in any and every form of creative expression to participate in the MN Arts Count census. Do you sing? Act? Dance? Write? Draw? Paint? Sculpt? Photograph? Weave? Play an instrument? Compose?

No matter how well or how publicly you share your talents, be proud and be counted.

Go to to complete the census. If you prefer, paper surveys are available by calling 800-748-3222 ext. 225.

Please help us spread the word. Tell your friends to be counted, too. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you!

MN Arts Count 2011

From ballet to bottle caps, your art counts.

Brian Strub, communications & government relations director

Minnesota State Arts Board
(651) 215-1604 and (800) 866-2787

Get involved, #arts4allMN:

Minnesota's investment in Minnesota arts:


I have an exciting opportunity I'd like to share with you in hopes you may have some students that would like to participate. I am teaching an art class through Pigeon Lake Field Station, an extension of University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The class is called Earthenware Clay Explorations and is from June 19-24. It is an installation art class, perfect for students looking to do a little in-depth research in this area. Students can receive credit through UW-River Falls. All information is located here:

Here's a little explanation about Pigeon Lake:

Secluded in a national forest, Discovery Center at Pigeon Lake Field Station is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. Three classroom buildings, a wet lab, a glass lab, a kiln and a dark room allow instructors of classes and programs to have flexibility in providing students and participants with a quality learning experience. The Discovery Center offers a new technology-enhanced classroom and free wireless internet, allowing students and participants to use modern day tools to explore their findings in the outdoor learning laboratory. The technology-enhanced classroom provides an LCD projector, screen, and technology podium (which includes a PC computer, external hook-ups, and a DVD player). A stone fireplace, comfortable seating, and a lake view create a cozy atmosphere within the Discovery Center Lodge. This public facility provides students and participants with a place to relax outside of the classroom or cabin. Free wireless internet is provided in the Lodge and the Dining Hall. The polished-pine Dining Hall provides excellent buffet style meals.

Thank you for sharing with your students and please contact me if I can answer any questions. Please feel free to share my contact information as well.

Lauren Herzak-Bauman

pigeon lake front.pdf

Non-Solo is an artist collective of which MFA Alumn (2010) Jason Gaspar is a member!

At the moment, Non-Solo is looking to travel the month of June. From NY to Minneapolis then California then Oregon and possibly Chicago. They will install a variety of month and day long exhibitions. So far, 9 art spaces have agreed to the project.

They are thrilled! The project is gaining momentum and they are on the path to reaching the kick starter goal. Do you know of any artists, curators or gallerist who might be interested in such an endeavor? They're looking for as much support as possible. What ever you can share is helpful.

Please check out the kickstarter link:

Every drop in the pond is greatly appreciated!


On June 30, 2011, we will be holding our first Starving Artist dinner/silent auction at Northland Country Club in Duluth, MN to raise grant money for artists. This will also raise awareness to our Art Fair to be held in August. We are e-mailing you to ask if you would be willing to donate an art item to our auction.

Contributing artists will receive 20% of the funds raised from their item.

If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please click here and this form with your donation to:

Art In Bayfront Park Auction, DeBora Rachelle Inc.,
325 S Lake Ave #1216, mailbox 11,

Duluth, MN 55802

If you would like to apply for a grant, please click here:

Would you be interested in donating?

ASI Press Release:


Jesper Löfvenborg: Swedish Artist and Cartoonist
March 8-April 29, 2011

The colorful, imaginative, and happily raucous works of Swedish artist and cartoonist Jesper Löfvenborg
will be on exhibit at the American Swedish Institute March 8-April 29 in the Turnblad Mansion's lower
level gallery. Löfvenborg's paintings are exaggerated mini-worlds of creatures and pop culture characters.
Every work hides symbols and references to Swedish traditions and figures from comics, children's
literature, and more. The artist's interests in tattoo art and skateboarding are reflected in the exhibit as well;
the display will include a skateboard bearing his custom design in addition to the more than 40 paintings and
cartoons that will be part of the exhibit. The exhibit is included with museum admission: $6, $5 ages 62+,
$4 ages 6-18 and students. The American Swedish Institute is located at 2600 Park Ave. in Minneapolis.
For more details, visit or call 612-871-4907.
Löfvenborg will be in Minneapolis late March through mid-April. He will be in residency at ASI for
much of this time, working on an in-gallery painting during museum open hours. He will also be working
with ASI's teen group, På Gång, and giving workshops with teens around Minneapolis.

About Jesper Löfvenborg
Jesper Löfvenborg (1976- ) lives in Karlstad, Sweden, where he paints daily and creates weekly comic
strips for a newspaper and an entertainment magazine. His work has been shown in various exhibits since
2006 in Sweden; this is his first exhibition in the U.S. Among other artistic endeavors, he has been involved
in public art projects and designed a skateboard/t-shirt graphic for a Swedish skateboard company. He
works primarily with acrylic paints, but also uses watercolors, ink, and artistic markers. He counts among
his influences animals, cartoons, comic books, children's books, skateboard art, Hergé, Sven Nordquist,
Todd Schorr, and a number of personal friends and relatives including his grandmother, a textile artist.

Jesper Löfvenborg exhibit at the American Swedish Institute - Page 2

About the American Swedish Institute
Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, the American Swedish Institute is a historic
house, museum and cultural center that serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around
universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. The American Swedish
Institute offers a variety of programs designed to celebrate Swedish, Swedish-American and Nordic culture and is housed in
the 1908 Turnblad mansion, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Museum hours: Tues., Thur.-Sat. 12-4
p.m., Wed. 12-8 p.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. (closed Mondays and holidays). Museum admission: $6, $5 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18
and students with ID. For more information, visit

Digital images are available upon request. E-mail Jenn Stromberg,

Stuart Kestenbaum, director of Haystack Mountain School in Maine, has been elected to the Board of the American Craft Council. He will be giving a presentation of Haystack.

Influx, April 12 at 1 pm

April 15-16, 2011

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museums and

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Join us at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem for
the 2011 Art in Clay Symposium: Revolution and Revelation in North
Carolina Earthenware. Lectures from leading scholars will celebrate the
rich tradition and heritage of ceramics in Salem, North Carolina, and

This symposium is held in conjunction with the traveling exhibition, Art
In Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware, organized by Old
Salem Museums and Gardens, the Chipstone Foundation, and the Caxambas
Foundation. Lecturers include exhibit curators Johanna Brown, Luke
Beckerdite, and Robert Hunter. They will be joined by archeologists
Michael O. Hartley and Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton; scholars Aaron
Fogleman, Craig D. Atwood, and Hal Pugh; and practicing potters Michelle
Erickson and Mary Farrell. Philip Zea, Executive Director of Historic
Deerfield, will deliver the symposium's keynote lecture.

Registration for the entire symposium is $250, $235 for Friends of MESDA
or Old Salem. Registration for the Friday night keynote and Saturdays
lectures only is $195, $180 for Friends of MESDA or Old Salem. To
register, or for more information, call 336-721-7360, e-mail, or visit

Daniel K. Ackermann

PLaCE/LAND2 Speaker Series 2010-2011

Christine Baeumler

Thursday 17th March 2011

Christine Baeumler 2010-2011 (small).pdf

The School of Creative Arts & Design
University of the West of England
Bower Aston Campus
Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT

Dear Artist,

Once again, the artist opportunities page has been updated. We have added 16 new art opportunities. Please check back regularly for more updates!

If you would like us to post a call please send us an email. We do not post calls that require an entrance fee. If you see a post that charges entry fees please notify us so it can be promptly removed.

Thank You,

Noelle Garcia
City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs

Las Vegas Arts Commission
401 S. Fourth St. Suite 180
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Tel: 702-229-6844 Fax: 702-383-1129 |

Thursday @ 4: Cephalopods!

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3.24.11 Thurs at Four cephalopods.pdf

Why do we make images? Where do they come from? What is their primary function? This roundtable brings together scientific, humanistic, and artistic attempts to investigate these critical existential questions by examining the cognitive and interpretive systems of the adoptive coloration of cuttlefish as a model to code and to re-map visual information such as paintings, photographs, and video.

The International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA)'s 13th conference, Dialogue and Representation, will take place at the Université de Montréal (Quebec, Canada) from April 26 to April 30, 2011. With more than 100 presenters from about 30 countries, coming from a variety of disciplines such as literature, communication, philosophy, cinema, education, linguistics, or psychology, it will be an opportunity to address in various ways the link between the ideas of representation and of dialogue.

The conference will also feature keynote addresses from Éric Grillo (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), Cornelia Ilie (Malmö University), Alain Létourneau (Université de Sherbrooke), Wolfgang Teubert (University of Birmingham), Karen Tracy (University of Colorado at Boulder) et Edda Weigand (University of Münster).

The full list of presenters and the complete program can be downloaded on the conference website:

It is now possible to register simply by visiting our website. The early bird discount ends on March 15!

The organizers,
François Cooren & Alain Létourneau

For more information:

Steering Committee

Mark Aakhus, Rutgers U., United States
Lawrence N. Berlin, Northeastern Illinois U., United States
Kenneth Cissna, U. of South Florida, United States
Robert T. Craig, U. of Colorado at Boulder, United States
Marcelo Dascal, Tel Aviv U., Israel
Anita Fetzer, U. of Würzburg, Germany
Luisa Granato, National U. of La Plata, Argentina
Cornelia Ilie, Malmö U., Sweden
Liliana Ruxăndoiu, U. of Bucharest, Romania
Robert E. Sanders, U. at Albany - SUNY, United States
Clara Ubaldina Lorda Mur, Pompeu Fabra U., Spain
Edda Weigand, U. of Münster, Germany
Elda Weizman, Bar-Ilan U., Israel

Scientific Committee

Chantal Benoit-Barné, U. de Montréal
François Cooren, U. de Montréal
Boris H. J. M. Brummans, U. de Montréal
Sylvie Grosjean, U. of Ottawa, Canada
Marty Laforest, U. du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke
Daniel Robichaud, U. de Montréal
Consuelo Vasquez, U. du Québec à Montréal


François Cooren, U. de Montréal, Canada
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke, Canada

Organizing Committee

Nicolas Bencherki, U. de Montréal, Canada
Émilie Pelletier, U. de Montréal, Canada

The SPLIT ROCK ARTS PROGRAM announces its roster of summer workshops and retreats, all of which may be taken for U of M undergraduate or graduate credit. Discounts are available for University of Minnesota employees through Regents Scholarship. Also, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, College of Design, and College of Continuing Education alumni and students are eligible for a tuition discount, as are Alumni Association members. For complete program details, visit the Split Rock Web site or call 612/625-1976.

Split Rock's three-day and weeklong workshops earn one or two academic credits, respectively, and take place at the University's Twin Cities campus. Three-day workshops begin Wednesday mornings; weeklong workshops begin Monday mornings; and all workshops end Friday evenings. On-site accommodations available.

Three-Day Workshops
Risk and Reward: Writing About Family
June 22-24, 2011
Instructor: Sun Yung Shin. What are the possibilities for writing about the intimacies and intricacies of family? And what is at risk, what are the rewards, when we write about our own families? With these questions, and others, in mind, participants will read work from a variety of genres, in order to learn the many techniques and approaches writers use when writing about family.

Bandhani and Lahariya: Introduction to Indian Tie-Dye
June 29-July 1, 2011
Instructors: Hazel Lutz and Barbara Otto. This intensive offers participants the opportunity for intimate study of Indian resist-dyed turbans, saris, and veils, which can serve as source material for making contemporary cloth, from garments to art quilts. Specifically, participants will be introduced to the South Asian binding and dyeing techniques of bandhani and lahariya.

Stitching My Heart's Desire: Bengali Kantha
July 13-15, 2011
Instructor: Hazel Lutz. This intensive offers participants, anyone familiar with needle and thread, the opportunity for intimate study of textiles that reflect the stitching styles and rich personal imagery of kantha, a type of quilting-cum-embroidery popular in Bangladesh and West Bengal State in India.

Useful Beauty: Scandinavian Spoon Carving
July 20-22, 2011
Instructor: Del Stubbs. Spoon carving has a long history in Scandinavia, where the craft is imbued with a philosophy and deep knowledge of nature, as well as with the tenets of sculptural form and function. Useful Beauty provides an introduction to these aspects of the Scandinavian spoon-carving tradition, and the tools, techniques, and materials of the craft.

Weeklong Workshops

Wood Covers, Mica Pages: The Book Reconsidered
June 20-24, 2011
Instructor: Daniel Essig. Developed as early as the fourth century, the book-binding style known as Ethiopian Coptic, has withstood the test of time. In this workshop, the elegant sewn-binding structure, combined with the use of traditional wooden covers and alternative mica pages, will introduce a range of creative possibilities for the beginning, the intermediate, and the advanced bookbinder.

Creative Upcycling: Reinvigorating Textiles
June 20-24, 2011
Instructor: Heather Allen-Swarttouw. If you have a stash of cloth or old textiles, than upcycling is for you! Upcycling is the environmentally driven process of converting discarded materials into useful products of better quality and value. In this workshop, fabric enthusiasts of all skill levels will invigorate and redesign discarded, unresolved, or simply forgotten textiles into new art works.

The Infinite Range: Collage to Painting
June 20-24, 2011
Instructor: Josette Urso. This workshop explores the interrelationship between collage and painting. Participants will use collage as a means of sketching and as a springboard for ideas in painting. The aim is to invigorate artistic vision while introducing the painterly possibilities of alternative media.

ABC: The Illustrated Abecedary
June 27-July 1, 2011
Instructor: Nancy Carlson. Creating an abecedary is the perfect starting place for anyone interested in learning how to create a picture book and all one needs is a good dictionary, an active imagination, and a strong interest in making pictures. The week will be spent fueling ideas, developing ABC concepts, and learning the elements of a successful picture book.

Sumi-e: The Art of Black Ink
June 27-July 1, 2011
Instructor: Shazo Sato. Sumi-e is an art form and philosophy in which artists endeavor to capture the essence of an object, person, or landscape. From composition planning and material preparation, to painting, Sumi-e involves mindfulness and contemplation. In addition to the tenets and techniques of the form, participants will study composition and the elements of painting.

Imagination and Integration: Advanced Digital Printing on Fabric
June 27-July 1, 2011
Instructor: Susan Brandeis. This workshop is for intermediate and advanced participants who are proficient in Photoshop basics, have experience with digital printing on fabric, and may be wondering, "what next?" The workshop is designed to help artists push the range of imaginative possibilities while better integrating digital printing into their regular studio practice.

July 11-15, 2011
Instructor: Cheng-Khee Chee. This workshop is for watercolorists who would like to explore the medium as a means of visual expression. Participants will work and experiment with a variety of traditional, contemporary, Western, and Eastern concepts and techniques while developing a personal approach to watercolor.

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures
July 11-15, 2011
Instructor: Jessica Abel. Comics is a complex medium that requires a grasp of drawing and storytelling, as well as the tools and technology required to prepare artwork for print. Great cartoonists wield a variety of skills in the service of creating engaging and memorable narrative art, and this workshop is ideal for beginners who want to jump off the deep end and learn the basics in one week.

On Seeing What's Right in Front of You: Photographing Daily Life
July 11-15, 2011
Instructor: Joanne Dugan. Daily life is rich with interesting subjects, and this workshop will emphasize how to mine that inspiration and use specific technical and aesthetic practices so that moments captured on camera reflect the photographer's personal vision.

Drawing Pathways
July 18-22, 2011
Instructor: Clive King. This workshop for participants of any level of drawing skill, explores a series of directions in contemporary drawing. While finished work will be created, emphasis will be on encouraging participants to intensify their engagement with their work, heighten the fluidity of their work style, and consider new approaches in creative thinking and image making.

Containing Space: A Closer Look at the Cup
July 18-22, 2011
Instructor: Mel Griffin. This introduction to pottery making will focus on learning to see and feel as much as it will focus on learning to make. Participants will investigate the nuances of form and function, while making ceramic cups that are both a joy to look and a joy to use.

From Manual to Digital: Screenprinting Today
July 18-22, 2011
Instructor: Robin Schwartzman. This workshop is for anyone who is new to printmaking or interested in experimenting with stencils, drawing, and digital technology to create a series of prints. While the primary emphasis will be on process and technique, participants will also receive instruction in drawing and image production.

Split Rock's weeklong retreats earn two academic credits and take place at the University's Cloquet Forestry Center in northern Minnesota. Often referred to as the University's "hidden treasure," the Center's 3,400 acres combine the peaceful seclusion of the forest with the convenience of a retreat facility. All retreats begin Sunday and end Saturday. On-site accommodations available and encouraged.

Summer Solstice: Photographic Technique, Technology, and the Natural World
June 19-24, 2011
Instructor: John Gregor. This weeklong intensive, which includes shooting in various conditions of light and exploring proper digital technique and workflow, will help photographers of any skill level to realize their photographic visions, from field to finished print.

Courage Revisited: Drawing for the Once Terrified
June 19-24, 2011
Instructors: Sally Brown and Sally Nystrom. This retreat begins with an overview of the development of drawing, and revisits such drawing fundamentals as composition, proportion, perspective, movement, negative space, and value. The instructors will also introduce a variety of materials and encourage participants to experiment with distortion, abstraction, drawing from the imagination, and more.

The Heart of the Story: Writing Memoir
June 26-July 1, 2011
Instructor: John Hildebrand. The challenge for the memoirist isn't just remembering the past, but rendering it into a compelling narrative using the same tools as fiction writers. Why we remember something is as important as what we remember because it's often the first step in discovering an underlying theme or meaning to the story.

Forest Still Life: Oil Painting
June 26-July 1, 2011
Instructor: Wendy Rouse. For oil painters of all skill levels, including those new to the medium, this retreat encourages participants to take an intimate, personalized look at nature while learning the various philosophies and techniques of the still-life genre. Creative inspiration will come directly from the forests of the Cloquet Forestry Center.

All I Want to Do Is Paint
July 3-8, 2011
Instructor: David Feinberg. If you have always wanted to paint but have never quite gotten up the courage, or like to paint but can't seem to make the time, or paint regularly and want to take your work to the next plateau, this retreat is for you! It offers an entrance to painting, an opportunity for renewal, a chance to develop confidence, and a community in which to gain new skills.

Writing Unforgettable Characters
July 3-8, 2011
Instructor: Gregory Orfalea. It's no surprise that character is considered to be the driving force of most stories--where do these characters come from and what is it that makes them so memorable? Participants in this retreat will write sketches, or parts of stories, that consider elements of fiction. However, these elements will be developed in relation to character, the retreat's primary focus.

Organic Investigations: Making Nature-Inspired Sculpture
July 10-15, 2011
Instructor: Rebecca Krinke. The work of many contemporary sculptors involves the "organic." But what does this mean? Retreat participants--those with or without sculpture experience--will consider this question as they use nature as a starting point for making sculpture. Forms and textures found outdoors will guide participants' studio work.

Short Fiction Boot Camp
July 10-15, 2011
Instructor: Shannon Olson. Got a story that's out of shape? Sagging in the middle? Barely making it to the finish? Send it to boot camp where a solid week will be devoted to studying the structure, demands, limitations, and possibilities of the short story.

The Musicality of Poetry: Sound and Rhythm
July 17-22, 2011
Instructor: Brenda Cardenas. In this retreat, writers will train their ears to listen to the presence of sound so that it inspires, serves as an undercurrent for, or simply helps to tune and torque language in a way that enriches both sound and sense in poetry.

The Mindful Knitter
July 17-22, 2011
Instructor: Rebekah Younger. This retreat explores knitting, both its design and process, as a contemplative practice. Whether you are a novice, familiar with knit, purl, cast-on and cast-off techniques, or an expert with years of experience, The Mindful Knitter offers an opportunity to deepen your knitting practice with meditative awareness.

REMINDER: Application deadline in March 11, 2011

Each summer Anderson Ranch Arts Center provides a variety of internship opportunities in conjunction with the summer workshops. For many years, the Ranch has nurtured talented young artists and allowed them to work among practicing studio artists of renown. Interns have the opportunity not only to assist in summer workshops and events, but also to work with and meet artists and gifted instructors in a supportive community. It takes the effort and teamwork of talented interns in artistic, administrative and other departments to provide the high quality learning experience for which the Ranch is known.

2011 Summer Artistic Internships include:

Ceramics Interns, Sculpture Interns, Painting & Printmaking Interns, Wood & Furniture Interns, Digital Media & Photography Interns and Children's Program Intern.

2011 Summer Administrative Internships include:

Marketing Intern, Housing & Front Office Intern, Development & Events Intern

All of this information can also be found on our website at Please forward this information along to anyone who you feel might enjoy and benefit from working at Anderson Ranch.

We are offering many new and exciting workshops this summer for all levels of artistic pursuit. For a complete listing of workshops, full course descriptions and registration information visit the workshop section of our website at

Sonja on TV! MN Original

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Sonja Peterson builds networks of negative space into large-scale, intricate paper cutouts. Mazes of quiet colors and soft shadows give depth to sprawling representations of geo-political and environmental systems, such as the history of the potato in France. Inspired by odd connections - found in the unlikely paring of Wall Street and nature, or between disparate time periods - Peterson strives to reveal uncomfortable similarities in morally dissimilar subjects. Peterson enjoys her intricate methodology precisely because it affords her and her viewers the time to explore and question, to perceive and understand more of the whole.

This segment aired as part of mn original show #228.

Dear graduate students,

Springboard for the Arts offers artists an excellent range of professional development resources and services, including individual consultations and workshops covering subjects such as portfolio development, marketing, taxes, documentation, fundraising and website design. We would like to offer the U of M MFA graduating class a 33% DISCOUNT on these services (for example, a $45 workshop or consultation would cost only $30).

For more information or to register, please visit or call Andy at 651-292-4381. If you, or any of the other MFA graduates, have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,


Zaraawar Mistry
Partnership Coordinator
Springboard for the Arts
Cell: 612-965-4405

Northern Spark Open Call!

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Open Calls for Participation in Northern Spark!
Deadline: Monday, March 7th, 2011


The Cleveland Institute of Art
Visiting Artists Upcoming Lectures

Bickford Visiting Artists Series
The Cleveland Institute of Art's George P. Bickford Fund generously sponsors this premier visiting artist series. Free and open to the public, these lectures take place in CIA's Aitken Auditorium of the Gund Building at 11141 East Boulevard.

Mar 15, 7pm - Clarence Morgan 
on painting and abstraction 
Clarence Morgan's paintings have been exhibited on a national and international scale. His work is included in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Art Institute, General Mills, and University of Alabama, among others. Morgan is a professor of painting in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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