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Sonja Peterson, UMN Alum and Research Technician named one of the Best Visual Artists of 2014 by City Pages

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For more information on Sonja Peterson and her artwork, please visit her website

Watch a segment about her on MNO here

Follow her on Twitter @sonjapete

In December 2014 the Library of Congress purchased five prints by Associate Professor of Printmaking Jenny Schmid for the national archive.


Jenny Schmid was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington. and holds an MFA in printmaking and painting from the University of Michigan. Schmid is deeply influenced by the history of printmaking: in particular Medieval and Renaissance engraving and images of social commentary and political satire by Goya and Bruegel. Early themes are combined with 21st century popular culture that reference feminist non-fiction, rock music, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and film noir. Using this diverse artistic language Schmid creates a personal imaginary world, a gender utopia she calls Dzenska Republika (Repulic of Jenny in Czech/Slovak).

For more information about Schmid's work, visit:

Lamar Peterson, Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting, exhibiting at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery in New York City (opening February 6, 2015)



Inspired by elementary school bulletin boards, educational activity books, and crepe paper streamers, Peterson creates graphic portraits of an irrational world where happy characters are resolutely accepting of grotesque misfortune. The plague of absurdities presented in these paintings is rooted in popular culture as much as it is in old-hat surrealism. Issues of race, community, and social and economic upheaval are candy-colored and darkly comic. Smiling faces are unrelenting. Peterson never allows his people to be fazed. They never notice the nightmare. And it is here, within this pitiless deadpan that his work resonates.

For more information about Peterson's work and the exhibition, please visit:


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Beijing Collaborative Exchange at the Fredrick R. Weisman Museum

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From June 27 to December 10 the Weisman Museum at the University of Minnesota hosts the exhibition of photographic and video work from three themed projects in the Target Gallery.

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2010 -11
Weiji Crisis = Opportunity

Weiji, an idiomatic term that might be considered a concept rather than something definable, implies that when encountering difficulties there are often many options one can take. The idea of a crisis, real or insinuated can often take us from our normal course and redirect our attention to alternate ideas, requiring us to rethink our assumptions and open our minds to new opportunities. As such, the students from the Schools of Photography at the Beijing Film Academy and the Art Department of the University of Minnesota have constructed visual analogies to the concept of Weiji or Crisis = Opportunity.

Transition-- 2011-12
Change --evolution --transform

We awaken each day to new circumstances, circumstances that require new understanding, tolerance, and awareness. The nature of existence is accommodating to change, and how we manage that change is what determines our success. The ability to use the accumulated knowledge that we have gained through experience, education, and training provide the ground upon which we stand, when this ground shifts, do we see this as a crisis or an opportunity?

Mirror/ Window-- 2012-14

Mirror/ Window is a topic with multiple possible interpretations -- viewing out to the larger world or turning inward to examine the self. In 1978 MOMA curator of photography John Szarkowski organized an exhibition with this title to explore emerging developments in contemporary American photographic Imaging. This exhibition uses the theme in a much more individual way with the Chinese and American students exploring their diverse visions for the future as well as how they see themselves in the world. Much of this work is positive and "upbeat" with little indication of the strife and anxiety so prevalent in the news.


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

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