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You may already know that Prof. Jan Estep is a multi-talented artist, but did you also know that she received her Ph.D. in Philosophy before getting her MFA?

Check out an interview with Jan in which she discusses her early days in philosophy, her artistic transition and how she has continued to incorporate her two passions in her current work.

Click here to read the interview!

BEAUTIES BEHAVING BADLY
KATE RENEE'S SOLO EXHIBIT AT GAMUT GALLERY

MINNEAPOLIS
Beauties Behaving Badly - runs through Feb. 22.

Painter Kate Renee was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Jan. 2013; this exhibit is the culmination of the work it made possible. Renee began with the concept of Disney princesses with an edgy twist, replacing their happy endings with real-world problems or circumstances. Both theme and quality of work evolved rapidly over 2013, while fulfilling the grant and a Women's Art Resource of Minnesota mentorship under Jill Waterhouse. The resulting series reexamines archetypical fairytales, relaying each passed-down parable in a new way for a new generation. Each beauty finds herself in a different predicament, often of her own choosing. In each case, she is revealing her naughty side.

Through research, Renee found her not-so-happy-endings more akin to the historical telling of these familiar fairytales. Funding and feedback spurred development of this concept, also allowing tangible upgrades to Renee's materials. She previously used mainly acrylic on canvas or foam-core for her graphic, cartoon-like character studies. In this new series she has developed a technique of applying the acrylics to birch and setting resin over the finished piece. The natural wood grains add a subtle dimension of organic texture to her bold designs, while inspiring experimentation with the use of this rich, new background as negative space. Renee paints a story in bold iconic imagery, complete with a main character in conflict and even some adorable sidekicks - all with the signature Kate Renee eyes.

Kate Renee has exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving press and numerous awards locally. Most recently she earned a Minnesota State Arts Board- Artist Initiative Grant and was accepted as a protégé by the Women's Art Resource of Minnesota. Renee earned a BA in Fine Arts, Art History, and a minor in design from the U of M in 2010. Renee has interned at various galleries, culminating in an assistant gallery director internship and at Altered Esthetics, where she was subsequently hired as director of solo exhibitions. She will debut her Beauties Behaving Badly series, spring 2014 at Gamut Gallery and is currently working on a series called Naughty Neighborhood.

On the Streets
apexart: Phnom Penh
291 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

Ashley Billingsley

On view January 25th - February 22, 2014
at JavaArts for Our City Festival
56 Sihanouk Blvd
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Opening Reception on January 25th, 6 - 9 PM
Artist Actions and Panel on February 1st, 5 - 8 PM

ON the ToWn with Chris Larson

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Opening Reception: Prima Materia and BA commencement exhibition
Come and celebrate our BFA's and BA students!
Commencement Exhibition
Quarter Gallery
BFA's Candice Hafalia-Yackel, Mark Kuntz, Casey Pearson, Katie Petri

Friday, December 6, 2013
Public Program 5:30 PM in InFlux
Reception 6:00 PM in Quarter Gallery and Regis


Opening at SooVac

Untitled exhibition (featuring Miranda Brandon, Edie Overturf and Jon Mahnke)

Opening reception 6-9pm
http://www.soovac.org


Opening reception: Power Lines
Thomas Barry Fine Arts Gallery
Friday December 6th, 6-8:30pm
Power Lines is an exhibition that looks back to a generation of artists who individually and collectively pursued a
style of art making that featured series of lines and other forms of geometry to create illusions, optic responses,
systems and networks. The common interests among these artists from the United States and Europe were the
concepts and manifestos that launched historic movements such as Op Art and related geometric abstraction.
http://www.thomasbarry.com/news-events-upcoming.php

Upcoming, mark your calendars....
Midway Contemporary Art
Julia Rometti and Victor Costales
Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 6-8pm
http://www.midwayart.org/index.php

Plan to "Take the Field" on October 11th and join hundreds of Minnesotans to transform South High Athletic Field into a living, breathing timeline illustrating our place in the cosmos. Giant projections and audio broadcasts will provide the backdrop for more than 500 students and an assortment of artistic geniuses from the Twin Cities. Bring your friends and pay attention, surprise yourself, and have fun creating a work of art that will be visible from outer space (assuming you are looking down with incredible digital zoom).


DATE: Friday, October 11, 2013 (rain date Oct 12th)
TIME: block party at 5PM // Field Activities at 7PM
PLACE: corner of 21st Ave S & 31st St
the South High Athletic Field and adjacent streets

Using the elimination of yellow school bus service as a starting place, the accompanying block party will celebrate the transformation of
21st Ave S into a walking and cycling corridor for the students of South High School. "Take the Field" will begin at dusk. Simple choreography of a small army will create a spectacle for everyone on the field and in the stands. Afterward, a family-friendly movie will be screened, so bring a blanket and a picnic meal and stretch out to relax.

This event is a collaboration between three public space artists-Janaki Ranpura, Andrea Steudel, and Meena Mangalvedhekar (JAM)-and the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, presented in partnership with Forecast Public Art.

https://www.facebook.com/events/546161342105442/

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The 3rd Minnesota Biennial exhibition at The Soap Factory, curated by John Marks and David Petersen
September 7th - November 3rd
Opening Reception, September 7th, 7-11pm

, , , is immersive and interdisciplinary exhibition comprises 38 artists whose work spans visual and sonic art, performance, writing and interactivity. The two-month exhibition will include multiple time and performance-based works, weekly artist panels, the publishing of a special edition WOPOZI newspaper, an on-going sound and experimental music program with two galleries of visual art.

Participating Artists:
Broc Blegen (BFA, 2011)
Kristina Estell (MFA, 2004)
Jess Hirsch (MFA, 2012)
Andrew Mazorol (BA, 2006)
Ben Moren and Daniel Dean (MFA, 2012)
Stefanie Motta (MFA, 2012)
Justin Newhall (MFA, 1999)

Participating Musicians:
Jonathan Kaiser (MFA, 2011)

WOPOZI is an art newspaper designed, edited, published, and distributed by:
Sarah Ann (BFA, 2010)
Oakley Tapola (BFA, 2009)

Catalogue Essay:
Juana Berrío (MFA, 2010)

For a full calendar of events and more information visit soapfactory.org

Facebook invitation
, , ,
The 3rd Minnesota Biennial exhibition at The Soap Factory, curated by John Marks and David Petersen
September 7th - November 3rd
Opening Reception, September 7th, 7-11pm

, , , is immersive and interdisciplinary exhibition comprises 38 artists whose work spans visual and sonic art, performance, writing and interactivity. The two-month exhibition will include multiple time and performance-based works, weekly artist panels, the publishing of a special edition WOPOZI newspaper, an on-going sound and experimental music program with two galleries of visual art.

Participating Artists:
Broc Blegen (BFA, 2011)
Kristina Estell (MFA, 2004)
Jess Hirsch (MFA, 2012)
Andrew Mazorol (BA, 2006)
Ben Moren and Daniel Dean (MFA, 2012)
Stefanie Motta (MFA, 2012)
Justin Newhall (MFA, 1999)

Participating Musicians:
Jonathan Kaiser (MFA, 2011)

WOPOZI is an art newspaper designed, edited, published, and distributed by:
Sarah Ann (BFA, 2010)
Oakley Tapola (BFA, 2009)

Catalogue Essay:
Juana Berrío (MFA, 2010)

For a full calendar of events and more information visit soapfactory.org

Call for entries! The Third Annual Edina Film Festival, November 7th - 9th, 2013 at Landmark's Edina Cinema, is holding a poster contest for Minnesota artists to join in creatively celebrating the event. The winning entry will be awarded a $250 prize and will be featured in Festival publicity, promotional materials and program guide.

Renowned book author and illustrator Nancy Carlson, an Edina resident, will judge the contest.

All entries must project a cinema theme and include Festival dates and location. Entries, limit one per artist, must be accompanied by a registration form and $10 fee. Submissions are due at the Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St., Edina 55435, by 7 pm August 5th, 2013. For entry forms, guidelines and contest details, please visit www.edinafilmfestival.com

The winning entry will be announced August 19th.

The Edina Film Festival benefits the Edina Art Center.

Media Contact: Kitty O'Dea at kodea.mn@gmail.com or 952-922-1165

The City of Dubuque, Iowa, announces the selection of 10 works of outdoor sculpture for the 2013 Art on the River Exhibition. In its eighth year, the temporary public art exhibit drew 79 entries from 47 artists from 18 states and one foreign country (Vienna, Austria).
The works will be installed in front of the Grand River Center and along the Mississippi Riverwalk at the Port of Dubuque in July 2013, with an opening event set for Thursday, July 11, at 5:00 p.m. at the Grand River Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The following sculptures were chosen for this highly competitive exhibit through a blind judging process:

  • "Conscious of Her Shores," by Jason Lowrey of Williamsburg, Virginia, is a marble, limestone and iron sculpture showing how people interact with one another.
  • "Moving Compass," by Kristin Thielking and Keven Brunett of Stevens Point, Wis., uses iron wheels and glass to show a disrupted journey and finding one's way when life is out of balance.
  • "Interstellar Naught," by Jeff Boshart of Charleston, Ill., is a steel modular structure that will be built on site.
  • "Quarks VI and Quarks VII," by Guy Bellaver of St. Charles, Ill., are colorful sculptures inspired by the proton-antiproton collider at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.
  • "River Boat Bench," by Don Lawler of Stephensport, Ky., recalls a barge slowing turning in the current of the Mississippi River.
  • "Cone Flower Cluster," by Bounnak Thammavong of Swisher, Iowa, is an abstract representation of cone flowers with solar powered lighting.
  • "Steel Inverted Arch," by Kenneth Thompson of Blissfield, Mich., is sculpted from steel and limestone to illustrate form and how negative space defines it.
  • "Prairie Walker," by James Johnson of Charleston, Ill., evokes the artist's experiences with wide expanses of desert and prairie.
  • "The Human Shadow," by Jessica Teckemeyer of Dubuque, Iowa, is a bronze cast sculpture representing a newborn white tail deer in the shadow of a wolf.

Art on the River is part of the Dubuque City Council's Arts and Culture initiative. Working in conjunction with the arts and cultural affairs advisory commission, the Dubuque Museum of Art and a volunteer committee made up of artists, educators and city staff, the City has identified highly visible locations at the Port of Dubuque to display selected artwork. The Port of Dubuque is a 90-acre riverfront campus which features the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Grand River Center conference center, Grand Harbor Resort and WaterPark, Diamond Jo Casino, Port of Dubuque Marina, historic Dubuque Star Brewery, and Dubuque Shot Tower.

A panel of three credentialed jurors reviews the artist applications and makes a recommendation to the commission and the city council on the selection of artwork. Jurors for the 2013-2014 exhibit were:

  • Seth Myers, conceptual artist and assistant professor of art and communication at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.
  • Sean O'Harrow, executive director of the University of Iowa Art Museum, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Laura Primozic, artist and instructional technician at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.

The 2012-2013 Art on the River Exhibit, consisting of 10 works of sculpture, will be on exhibit through June 30, 2013. All of the sculptures are for sale and can be installed in both indoor and outdoor areas. The exhibit is free, can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round, and is accessible. To vote for your favorite, go to www.cityofdubuque.org/artontheriver2012. For additional information, please contact Jan Stoffel at janstoff@cityofdubuque.org or call 563-690-6064

Mark Hermanson is looking for an artist to produce a book cover illustration. The book is non-fiction (biographical) and the theme of the cover is the Gemini astrological sign (the title of the book is "A Gemini's Bitter Split"). Mark and the person who is the subject of the book have seen a basic design that could be the basis for the drawing.

Here are some basic details about the project:

-Mark is in Minneapolis until 19 July and would like to have the work finished by then, if possible.

-The size of the finished product should be in small book format (or can be reduced to that size), or A5 paper size (210 mm high x 148 mm wide).

If you are interested, more of the details will be discussed later with you.

For more information or contact information, email Mark at markhermanson@me.com or mark.hermanson@unis.no.
Or call at (267)-207-7895