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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 - 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


A New Year's Day explosion and fire on Cedar Avenue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, adjacent to the West Bank campus, destroyed a building that housed the Otanga Grocery store and apartments. Tragically, three residents of the building lost their lives and some remain hospitalized. Apartment tenants who survived the fire lost their homes and possessions.

You can help:

Donate to a fund created by Brian Coyle Center, part of Pillsbury United Communities! Contributions can be made online at, or by check to "Pillsbury United Communities," sent to Brian Coyle Center at 420 - 15th Avenue S, Minneapolis, 55454. Note "Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief" on all donations;

Donate through Confederation of Somali Community in MN at, and write "Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief" in the box designating special purpose for your gift;

Attend a benefit concert for fire victims on January 24 at the Cedar Cultural Center. For more information go to

University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview, where some of the victims were treated, has collected clothing, cash and gift cards for survivors and continues working with community organizations to identify additional needs of the survivors.

Figure Ground
Eleanor Harwood Gallery
1295 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

January 10th - February 8th

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Curatorial Statement

A figure/ground relationship is the interaction between the figure (the foreground) and the ground (the background). Whether it's being used to describe text (the figure) on a piece of paper (the ground), or the person reading (the figure) and their environment (the ground), art needs both a subject and a context in order to have meaning.

Ranging from large acrylic paintings on canvas, to small graphite drawings on printer paper, these four distinct artists create whimsical narratives using bright colors and playful mark making. The paintings embrace their abnormalities and imperfections to explore the figure, humor, and the distortion and manipulation of the world their pictures live in.

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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

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.

TITLE: Assistant Professor (tenure track)

APPOINTMENT: 100% time, tenure-track appointment, to begin August 25, 2014 (9 month semester system)

SALARY: Competitive

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at the U of MN invites applications for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting position. The drawing and painting area in the department is seeking candidates who are challenging, redefining and advancing the language of contemporary painting and drawing. Artists with additional expertise in digital 2D imaging are encouraged to apply.


• Engage in creative activity and research that leads to exhibition appropriate to the profession. Achieve and maintain high distinction in the field of art
• Commitment and dedication to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in a professional program within a liberal arts college
• Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in drawing and painting within a fine arts department
• Teaching options including collaboration and interdisciplinary activity are available
• Advise undergraduate/graduate students
• Participate on graduate reviews/thesis committees
• Serve on departmental, college and university committees. Achieve and maintain a visible and proactive service profile


A. MFA in Art or extensive professional recognition and experience (required)
B. Practicing artist in drawing and/or painting or interdisciplinary use of drawing and painting (required)
C. Evidence of an active exhibition record and demonstrated excellence in and recognition of dynamic ongoing creative research on a national and/or international level (required)
D. Expertise in contemporary issues, criticism and critical theory (preferred)
E. One to three years of university or college-level teaching experience beyond graduate teaching assistantships (preferred)

Department of Art Policy Statement
In lieu of an MFA, the following could be considered in determining professional recognition and experience:
1) Advanced studies at a foreign school that does not award MFA degrees;
2) Extended advanced study with recognized artists in the field.
3) Professional achievement which would provide a depth of knowledge of the field comparable to an MFA
4) Evaluation by leaders in the field attesting that because of exhibition record and other professional achievement, that person was the equal of an MFA

Submit online at U of M Employment (, the following required items:
Quick Link:

1. Cover Letter/Letter of Intent
2. Current CV, including detailed listings of education, exhibitions, commissions, grants/awards, publications, reviews, teaching experience (specify dates and institutions)
3. Name, title and full contact information (including email and phone) of three (3) references
4. One-page creative narrative [document 1]
5. One-page teaching narrative [document 2]
6. An introductory-level syllabus [document 3] of a course you have taught or would like to teach
7. A work list describing each work (title, year, dimensions, media) for the images collected on your CD [document 4]

Send to the Department:
8. Documentation of your work may include: one CD containing one folder with no more than twenty (20) jpeg or tiff images with maximum 2000 pixels in either direction.
Label each image in this format:
LastnameFirstname_00.tif (e.g. SmithSally_01, SmithSally_02, etc.) indicating preferred viewing order. Collect all images in a folder titled with your name (LastnameFirstname).
Also attach the work list describing each work

Search #110: Asst Prof of Art - Drawing and Painting
Department of Art, University of Minnesota
E201 Regis Center for Art
405 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

DEADLINE : December 15, 2013. The position will, however, remain open until filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications received after the deadline may or may not be reviewed.

Please visit our website at for further information about the department, its activities and faculty, and for links to course descriptions.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origins, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.