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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

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.

Upcoming, mark your calendars....
Midway Contemporary Art
Julia Rometti and Victor Costales
Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 6-8pm

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

The winning entry will be announced August 19th.

The Edina Film Festival benefits the Edina Art Center.

Media Contact: Kitty O'Dea at 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 For additional information, please contact Jan Stoffel at 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 or
Or call at (267)-207-7895

The University is looking for someone as a new assistant professor in Ceramics for the coming 2012-2014 school year.
The University Employment system has recently posted the Ceramics position, so applicants can start applying.

Interested persons can be directed to for more information on the duties and qualifications, and application for the position.

Open Studios May 24th

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The U of M MFA Students are throwing a garage sale/open studio extravaganza on May 24th. Original artwork and supplies will be up for grabs for cheap cheap cheap. This is a great opportunity to see what the MFA students have been up to and see where the magic happens. Everything from printmaking to ceramics will be on view. Stop on by!

The studios will be open from 6 to 9pm on Friday, May 24, 2013; they are located in the Regis Center for Art on the West Bank campus (full address below).

Recent student achievements include:

Laura Bigger, Printmaking - Lone Collaborative Research Grant, 2013.
Kate Casanova, Sculpture - "City Pages Artist of the Year," The Beijing Film Academy Biennial, 2013.
Daniel Dean, Experimental Media Arts- The Minnesota Biennial, Soap Factory, The Beijing Film Academy Biennial, 2013.
Maggie Finlayson, Ceramics -Armory Art Center Residency, 9/2013-5/2014.
Jess Hirsch, Sculpture - The Minnesota Biennial, Soap Factory, 2013.
Terez Lacovino, Printmaking -Visiting Guest Lecturer, Houghton College, NY, Lone Collaborative Research Grant, 2013.
Ben Moren, Experimental Media Arts- The Minnesota Biennial, Soap Factory, The Beijing Film Academy Biennial, Blast Theory Residency, London. 2013.
Stefanie Motta, Photography - The Minnesota Biennial, Soap Factory, 2013.

University of Minnesota
Regis Art Center
405 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

What is TOMS?!
For every pair of TOMS Shoes that is sold, a pair is given to a child in need! TOMS is 7 years old and now give shoes in over 50 different countries (including the US!) through their Giving Partners like World Vision & Cambodia Children's Fund. More information about their giving can be found here:

How a "Style Your Sole" works
Customers will purchase a pair of TOMS at the store on the day of the event, have them painted by an artist (free of charge for the customer) and go home happy!

What artists need to bring
Bring brushes, acrylic paint, sharpies; whatever you want to work with.

$17.00 an hour; Payment will be received 3 weeks after event.

Event Date & Time
Saturday, June 15th
12:30pm - 5:00pm

If you are interested in being one of the artists:
Please send over examples of your work or a link to your website to

Any questions & for more information, please contact Kristen! They are looking for 4 amazing artists.

Kirsten Johnson | Midwest Retail Marketing Coordinator
TOMS | MinneSOLEta Girl

The Faculty Scholarship Review Committee is pleased to announce the
Undergraduate Art Scholarship recipients for 2013-14.

Congratulations to the following Art students!

Zelda and Max Berman Scholarship:

  • Mary Jane Mansfield

Gay M. Grossman Scholarship:

  • Treeya Brooks
  • Jennifer Peterson

Brown-MacKenzie Arts Scholarship:

  • Blake Leigh
  • Erin Sandsmark
  • Charlie Sisson

Brown Mackenzie Arts Scholarship and Joel and Aja Ceramics Award:

  • Kayla McDaniels
  • Michael Nguyen

Sally Spencer Scholarship:

  • Mackenzie Flom
  • Emily Styles

Carter Prize in Oil Painting and Department of Art Scholarship:

  • Jonathan Dedecker

Marjorie M. Finch Scholarship:

  • Allison Ruby

Department of Art Scholarship:

  • Kieran Abbott
  • Austin Applequist
  • Colleen Baillie
  • Alissa Boehm
  • Kristy Childress
  • Karlee McCarron
  • Megan O'Connell
  • Matthew Sadler
  • Laichee Yang

Exhibition of scholarship recipients' work will be up next fall, September 17 -28, in the Quarter Gallery.
Again, congratulations to the scholarship recipients for your hard work and dedication.

The Arts Board is looking for volunteers to review grant applications and advise the Arts Board on funding recommendations for FY 2014 for Arts Learning, Folk and Traditional Arts, and Minnesota Festival Support programs.
Individuals with experience as an artist, arts educator, arts administrator, teaching artist, folk and traditional artist, or arts festival organizer are highly encouraged to participate.

To find out more information on review panel dates, follow the link to the website.

To discuss these volunteer opportunities, contact Jan Nelson, advisory panel coordinator, at (651) 215-1608 and (800) 866-2787, or email at

The Bell Museum Resident Artist Research Project offers artists an exclusive opportunity to engage with University researchers and scientific collections while exploring the application of art as a medium for interpreting science in the public realm.


Sonja Peterson employs motifs of common agricultural plants and animals, underground roots, spider webs, and vine-like growths to examine the global matrix of agricultural, financial, and environmental systems. Using traditional paper cutting, collage, and stencils, Peterson creates elaborate large-scale hanging papercuts that illustrate how the structural integrity of global systems lies in their interconnectivity: if elements disconnect, the entire system comes under threat of collapse.

Inspired by the writings of Michael Pollan, Richard Holmes, and many others, Peterson is currently interested in how the collection and trade of natural commodities like precious metals, plant-based dyes, spices, fruits, and animal furs have linked nature to the global banking system and interwoven cultures, economies, and ecological systems around the world. Visit Sonja Peterson online.

Bell Museum of Natural History