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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).

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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.

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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.


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Head-Face, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 96 x 72 inches

Eric's Trip, curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono.
June 28 - August 1, 2014

Lisa Cooley
107 Norfolk Street
New York, New York 10002


UMN Major: Studies in Cinema & Media Culture, Minors: Art and Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

MFA in Filmmaking, New York University

See her work here.

Vanished Landscapes
European Life, Landscapes, and Architecture before the First World War

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at Andersen Library
Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Remarks by Christopher Cardozo at 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition on view June 9 - September 17, 2014

Join us to celebrate a stunning collection of photochroms donated by world-renowned expert Christopher Cardozo.

Photochroms-a photographic form of chromolithography that produces colorized images from black-and-white negatives-were immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Millions of prints were produced depicting thousands of scenes from around the world.

Christopher Cardozo, a world-renowned expert, exhibitor, and donor of thousands of photochroms to the University Libraries shares his expertise in this display of images from a lost world.

This exhibit is co-curated by Christopher Cardozo and Tim Johnson, Curator, Special Collections & Rare Books / E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections.

Exhibit design by Darren Terpstra, Archives and Special Collections.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Learn more about Vanished Landscapes and RSVP.

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 - 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