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Department of Art


  • Diane Willow at Bell Museum

    Bell Social at the Bell Museum of Natural History features work by Diane Willow, Associate Professor, Experimental and Media Arts

    The Bell Museum of Natural History will host Bell Social: Curious Creatures After Dark, a special after-hours event celebrating art and science, featuring artwork from resident artist and Associate Professor in Experimental and Media Arts, Diane Willow, among other events and activities.  

    This event takes place Friday 5/8, at 7 at the Bell Museum of Natural History.  

    More info here.  

    Sneak Peek here!
  • Chris Larson & WISE BLOOD at Soap Factory

    Prof. Chris Larson and Anthony Gatto coproduce interactive WISE BLOOD opera at The Soap Factory

    WISE BLOOD at The Soap Factory features sets designed and built by Chris Larson and music by composer Anthony Gatto  in an interactive interpretation of Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel. This immersive opera takes the audience through the large-scale installation pieces, as they are surrounded by sculptures, projections, music, and performances that tell the story of WISE BLOOD.  

    This exhibition and performances will be staged at The Soap Factory, and are co-presented and co-sponsored by The Walker Art Center.  

    Exhibition runs May 9-June 14 (Wednesday-Friday 1-7pm, & Sunday 12-5pm)

    Performances are June 4-7 and June 11-14 at 8:00pm

    More exhibition information here 

    Read an interview with Larson about the project here.

  • Art Alumna Creates Cedar-Riverside Mural with Neighborhood teens

    Sara Kelly (BA '10) worked with local teens to create large-scale mural in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

    Upon graduating with a degree in Fine Art in 2010, Sara Kelly went on to design and create murals, as well as found an organization to teach various art forms to local youth.  She founded the organization, Hip Hope, in 2012 to teach dance, rap, drawing, painting, and music video production.  Utilizing her background in community murals, Kelly took to the south-facing wall of the Keefer Court Bakery & Café.  Here, she created a mural along with teens from the neighborhood, to pay homage to the Chinese immigrants who once lived there.  The spray painted mural includes Chinese symbols, such as a cat and a dragon, and ties in visual elements from the nearby Green Line and 35W bridge.  

    More on this project here.

    More on Hip Hope here

  • MFA candidate Beth Dow featured in "Don't Take Pictures"

    MFA '15 Candidate Beth Dow featured in Issue 4 of online magazine Don't Take Pictures

    From Dow's website:
    Beth Dow is a photographer who uses historical references and traditional processes to address contemporary issues of land use and our experience of time. Her work has been exhibited in America, Britain, Japan, and China, and has received many awards, including Grand Prize in the inaugural Photography.Book.Now competition, top-six finalist in the 2007 Critical Mass Book Award, and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She lives in Minneapolis.
    Find the feature (on page 40+) here.
    More on Beth Dow here

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