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Traveling Sophronia / Digital Art Event on September 11

Traveling Sophronia / Multimedia Installation
7-9pm on Thursday Sept 11, 2014
Duluth Art Institute / Depot Great Hall
506 West Michigan Street in the Duluth Depot

Sophronia will follow the 5-7pm exhibit opening of
Signs & Wonders by Jim Klueg and Fatih Benzer
Don't miss both events!

The Sophronia Project is a digital media installation and interactive performance by artist Joellyn Rock, multimedia composer Kathy McTavish, netprov creator Rob Wittig and a gang of collaborators. Electronic music by Tobin Dack. The collaborative project offers both physical and virtual space where participants may spin their own stories of Sophronia. On the walls, the graffiti angel mixes text and digital imagery gleaned from the project database... In a glowing tent, the audience can play along with projected video and digital animations to become part of the carnival... Come see what is illuminated when these two half-cities collide!

THANKS: Sophronia was first presented at Northern Spark 2014 with the support of Northern and the Walker Art Center. Special thanks to the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab at University of Minnesota Duluth. Joellyn Rock is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of a Career Development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council ( which is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Minnesota State Legislature, and The McKnight Foundation.
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Sophronia Credits:
multimedia projections by Joellyn Rock, Kathy McTavish
additional video by Lane Ellis and Lizzy Siemers
additional digital art by students in Digital Art : Mixed-Media Studio
soundscape by Kathy McTavish
electronic music by Tobin Dack
set decorating by Ann Gumpper
tech support by Ben Harvey
words by Rob Wittig, Kathleen Roberts, Sheila Packa, Katelynn Monson, Mark Marino and #sophroniatwo on twitter
silhouette performances by Cathy Podeszwa, Emma Harvie, Gary Kruchowski, Lizzy Siemers, Jamie Harvie, Jay Sivak, Joellyn Rock, Rob Wittig and you!

Art & Design 2013 Annual Student Exhibition Reception

Art & Design 2013 Annual Student Exhibition Reception

SATURDAY April 27, 2013

After touring the Art & Design Open Studios during the afternoon, please join us in the Tweed Museum for the Annual Student Exhibition Opening Reception from 6-8pm. Awards Ceremony at 6:30pm! The exhibition reception will feature live music and refreshments and is also free and open to the public. 

Art & Design's Annual Student Exhibition features creative work across a range of media, including animation, ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, interactive design, motion graphics, packaging design, painting, photography, printmaking, robotics, sculpture and video. The plurality of media and aesthetic approaches represented reflects the diversity of the department's students and faculty. This year's show was juried by Anne Dugan, Curator at the Duluth Art Institute, and Jenna Akre, a Minneapolis-based art director/designer and a 2005 UMD graduate. The exhibition runs April 9 - May 12, 2013 in the Tweed Museum of Art at University of Minnesota Duluth. 

Link to Facebook event / 2013 Annual Student Exhibition Reception

Erik Loyer > Visiting Artist Lecture March 5, 2013

Erik Loyer will be a visiting artist on UMD campus on TUESDAY...
His Lecture is OPEN to the PUBLIC Tuesday March 5th at 6pm in Montague Hall

Erik Loyer is a media artist and creative director working at the intersection of interactivity, story, music and animation. As a digital media artist he often works in collaboration on creative projects that use emerging media such as iPads and game systems for innovative digital narratives and interactive poetic works... like STRANGE RAIN.

His work has been exhibited online and internationally at venues including Artport at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Digital Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Prix Ars Electronica; Transmediale; and IndieCade. Loyer's award-winning website The Lair of the Marrow Monkey was one of the first to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, and his serialized web narrative Chroma went on to win the Best Digital Creation award at the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media. 
As Creative Director for the experimental digital humanities journal Vectors, Loyer has designed over a dozen interactive essays in collaboration with numerous scholars including the Webby-honored documentary Public Secrets, and his commercial portfolio includes Clio and One Show Gold Award-winning work for Vodafone, as well as projects for BMW, Sony, and NASA. 
He is the founder of interactive design studio Song New Creative, and develops story-driven interactive entertainment under the Opertoon label, including most recently a critically-acclaimed iPhone application entitled Ruben & Lullaby. A recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, Loyer has a B.A. in Cinema/Television Production from the University of Southern California.

View his work here:

1. "Project Cephalopod - Images and Documentations from Cephalopod Research featuring  Dr. Berned Budelmann, Dr. Yuzuru Ikeda, Dr. Jesse Purdy and Dr. Shuichi Shigeno" at The Phipps Center for the Arts. 

2. "Cross-Disciplinary Productions: A Visual Arts Department Exhibition" at University of California San Diego Dean's Office Space curated by Tatiana Sizonenko.  This exhibition includes  Artists such as David Antin, Rebecca Baron, Harold Cohen, Manny Farber, Allan Kaprow, Kim MacConnel, Jerome Rothenberg, Italo Scanga and others.  
3.Nakajima is also organizing a symposium at the Institute of Advanced Study (UMTC) entitled "The Origin of Image Making: Behavioral Ecology of Cephalopods and Art"   

Please see the attached information for the events listed above. 

Nakajima's work is also  featured in "Census of Marine Life" website.


2,700 scientists 80+ nations 540 expeditions US$ 650 million 2,600+ scientific publications 6,000+ potential new species28 million distribution records and counting   -    These numbers only begin to describe the scope of the Census of Marine Life, a 10-year international effort undertaken in to assess the diversity (how many different kinds), distribution (where they live), and abundance (how many) of marine life--a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally, and engaging some 2,700 scientists from around the globe, who participated in 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research. The scientific results were reported on October 4, 2010.

Liz James work selected for "Visual Territory"

Liz James' ceramic work was selected for "Visual Territory" a juried exhibit exploring the intimate territories of personal experience and the global landscaped of place and environment. This years juror is Sherry Leedy, owner and director of the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO. "Visual Territory will be available for viewing at the University Gallery located on the campus of Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas from February 4-March 4, 2011. 

Data Sweep launches the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) 2011 season with an exhibition of recent works by artist, David Bowen. Bowen's creations operate at the intersection of contemporary art, design, science and technology. His work, described in Art in America as taking an "absurdist approach to the translation of scientific technology into art," creates a dynamic symbiosis between technology and the natural world. Data Sweep focuses on outcomes that occur when machines interact with the natural world. Mirco-controllers embedded in Bowen's hybrid systems translate the activity of natural agents, like plants or live data feeds from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy stations on ocean surface into mechanical motion that animates, instigates and automates his art.  Complex autonomous systems are set in motion and create drawings, movements and compositions based on their interaction with the space and time they occupy. The works in Data Sweep play both the roles of observer and creator, providing limited and mechanical perspectives of dynamic situations and living objects.


*In 2010 the University City Science Center launched Breadboard, a new program that administrates EKG as one component of our larger mission to explore intersections between art, design, science and technology. Breadboard grew out of 30+ years of EKG operations and is an extension of its rich program history that includes noted exhibits with R. Buckminster Fuller (1980 & 1983) who held an honorary title of World Resident and Scholar at the Science Center from 1973-1983. To find out more about Breadboard and our public programs please visit our website at   

Gloria DeFilipps Brush exhibition

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, art and design, has work in the 7th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition at East Carolina State University from January 13 - February 19, 2011. Keith Carter, photographer whose work has been widely exhibited internationally, selected her work.
Eun-Kyung Suh was selected as one of three artists to present a site
specific design for consideration for installation at the new Public
Safety Building by the Duluth Public Arts commission. She has been
asked to prepare a finished design to suit the space as designated by
LHB Architects in cooperation with the Duluth Police Department, the
St. Louis County Sheriff's Department, and the Duluth Public Arts
Commission. Of the designs presented, one will be selected as the
piece to be installed at the new Public Safety Building.The final
presentation is scheduled on  February 6, 2011.

Gloria Brush's work included in the "Visual AIDS Postcard Exhibition"

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Art and Design, has work in the invitational Visual AIDS Postcard Exhibition. The work is up from January 7-9 at CRG Gallery in New York, and the work sold benefits artists with HIV.

Philip Pearlstein film screening

Assistant Professor Jen Dietrich and (former faculty) Associate Professor Sarah Nitschke's documentary short film, Philip Pearlstein: Naked Vision, will be screened at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in Sebastopol, CA, March 18-20, 2011.