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  • Prof. Tom Rose curated exhibition at The Soap Factory

    Shaping the Qualitative Phase of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Soap Factory: a collaborative residency project with the University of Minnesota, The Soap Factory, and Beijing Artists' Village


    From Professor Tom Rose, exhibition curator:
    This exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art, the Soap Factory, the Henry Luce Foundation and a dedicated group of private donors whose generosity has helped to establish this as an ongoing program for creative and cultural education.
    This program —The Beijing Collaborative Exchange, (BCE)— has assisted over one hundred students, artists and scholars from the departments of Art, Theater, and Asian languages and Literatures at the U of M; and from China, the Beijing Film Academy, and the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Art—  to advance their careers and their understanding of the cross cultural transitions occurring in and influenced by the arts and humanities.

    Artist’s talk: July 11th, 6-7pm
    Exhibition runs through August 30.

    More from the Soap Factory here.   
    Gallery hours and information here.  
  • Christine Baeumler: Pollinator and Bog projects

    Two projects created by Professor Christine Baeumler receiving attention


    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Christine Baeumler helped establish a youth program at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota. For a second year now, this week-long internship for high school students has provided an opportunity to explore art and ecology. Students worked with artists and teachers to learn more about the importance of pollinators in the environment and to create works of art based on their experiences learning about creating a sustainable urban landscape.    

    Statement from Baeumler's Imagine Fund supported project: 
    This project involved creating a sustainable outdoor campus at the Plains Art Museum which included the planting of edible and native plants that provide habitat for pollinators. As part of this project, the Plains also  supported a one week  paid internship for seventeen promising high school students in Fargo interested in the arts and sciences...  This youth group participated in the "Buzz Lab,"  and transformed  the urban site of the Plains Art Museum into a habitat for pollinators

    More from the Plains Art Museum here.
    Watch a local news clip on the program here.  


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    Baeumler was also featured on WDSE/WRPT, PBS Duluth in conjunction with her exhibition Bogs, A Love Story, which was on view last summer at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN, and some of which was exhibited at UMN's Katherine E. Nash Gallery in last year's faculty exhibition. 


    More from the MacRostie Art Center here.  
  • UMN Art @ Northern Spark

    Many familiar faces at Northern Spark 2015


    This year's Northern Spark Festival is chock-full of friends of the Art Department!


    Faculty:

    Prof Tamsie Ringler: River of Iron: Pouring the Mississippi
    Prof Jenny Schmid: Gutless Warrior
    Prof Diane Willow: nightlife


    Alums:

    Miranda Brandon: Impact
    Eric William Carroll: Golden Hour
    Sam Hoolihan: City 3 (part of KINO Holly*ood)
    Hunter Jonakin: Can You Hear Me Now? You'll Never Hear Me Again
    Jonathan Kaiser: An Overture in Seven Parts
    Ben Moren: Game Grid
    Stefanie Motta: She Lives Free




    Northern Spark Arts Festival is Saturday, June 13 9pm-5:26am.  
    Visit the Northern Spark website for more info. 





  • Feinberg's May-term Class in Hinckley News

    Professor David Feinberg's May-term class "The Great Hinckley Fire of 1894" featured in the Hinckley News





    From the Hinckley News: 
    The university May-term course, which has been offered for the past decade, asks learners to research history for the purpose of creating a visual image.  Class hours are divided between field trips and studio time, with excursions to the Hinckley Fire Museum, the gravel pit, the Hinckley monument, the Brook Park historic marker and cemetery, Skunk Lake, Sandstone and the Kettle River.  Students are asked to confront the past and be influenced by it.  Through group discussions, sketches and observations, they will translate, personalize and interpret ideas and emotions, thereby making a heart connection which becomes transformed into a visual language...
    Working from the heart is a reoccurring phrase in Feinberg's instruction.  "When you work from  your mind it hardly ever works out.  When you work from your heart it nearly always works out." No doubt class participants will find many opportunities to make a heart connection to the stories of the Hinckley Fire.  The community is invited to visit the museum to witness those heart connections in the final exhibit beginning June 11.

    Feinberg and his class were also featured in the Pine City Courier:




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