University of Minnesota
Department of Art


  • Bohemian Press @ Juxtaposition Arts

    UROP x Juxtaposition Summer Project

    Professor Jenny Schmid is using her UROP grant to lead a collaborative project between the Bohemian Press and Juxtaposition Arts, an organization that works with youth in North Minneapolis. Along with alum/adjunct professor Drew Peterson (BA '09) and current undergraduate Emma Crutcher-McGowan, students from Bohemian Press will work with Juxtaposition Arts to outfit their facilities and expand the printmaking skills of their students. This summer program will take place over the course of five workshop days, but aims to create a lasting tie between the two organizations. 

    From Emma Crutcher-McGowan, BoPress President:
    Through the experience of creating 2-D print media, the youth employees of Juxtaposition will expand their skill set in the art of screenprinting; learning about registration techniques, attention to detail, and and other aspects of the method.  They will also learn how to create a screenprinting setup without all the fancy and expensive tools and machines found in formal printmaking studios. This knowledge will support the concept of self-sufficiency and DIY printmaking.

    More on Juxtaposition Arts here.   
  • Feinberg's Hinckley Class

    Professor David Feinberg's May-term class "The Great Hinckley Fire of 1894" featured in Nordstjernan, the Swedish Newspaper of America

  • Alum featured in group exhibition at Joslyn Art Museum

    Work by Marjorie Mikasen (BA '81) included in juried exhibition at Joslyn Art Museum

    University of Minnesota Alum Marjorie Mikasen (BA ‘81) has two paintings included in “Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln” at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. The Joslyn is using Mikasen’s work as an educational opportunity for museum-goers in their new ArtWorks interactive space.
    Marjorie Mikasen with Mark Griep at the June 19th opening of “Art Seen” 
    with Mikasen’s paintings

    Interactive space where museum-goers are prompted, 
    "Try your hand at a work inspired by the art of Marjorie Mikasen, 
    an abstract, geometric, hard-edge acrylic painter featured in Art Seen."

    More on Art Seen here
    More on ArtWorks here.  

  • Paul Shambroom Exhibition at MMAA opens August 20, 2015

    Professor Paul Shambroom projects

    on view at the Minnesota Museum of American Art,

    Also featuring Alum Andy Mattern (MFA '12)

    August 20-October 18
    Public reception: September 10, 7:00-8:30pm

    From the Minnesota Museum of American Art's website: 

    The principal series in the exhibition is Lost, which features photographs whose imagery is taken from old flyers of lost pets placed by owners in public places in cities across the U.S. Shambroom's use of found imagery is a departure for the artist, who is known for large photographs that explore the mechanisms of power in sharply focused detail. 
    The lost pet images have been degraded by environmental factors or printer malfunctions, resulting in serendipitous and unexpected color and texture. The additional partial loss (of the image) mirrors the ambiguous loss of a beloved family pet. The incorporation of short selections of text from the posters introduces unintentional humor and beauty in the form of found poetry. The words and images combine to transcend the particular family dramas represented in each image, and address more universal themes of loss and uncertainty. Shambroom’s actions also raise ethical questions about originality, privacy, and ownership that are timely in this age of digital information.

    Lost will be accompanied by a digital slideshow of pets reunited with their owners through the tireless efforts of the volunteer community organization Lost Dogs Minnesota and Lost Cats MN. Information about area shelters like the Humane Society, rescue organizations, and additional resources will be available in recognition of the important work that they do.  
    Also on view will be a selection of photographs in the serial documentary style of Shambroom’s earlier projects. Shrines: Public Weapons in America documents weapons of war that have been repurposed as public monuments commemorating the dead. 
    The third project featured in the exhibition sees Shambroom collaborating with Albuquerque-based photographer Andy Mattern. They were surprised to discover that they‘d been working on the same project of documenting orphaned gloves on the street independent of one another. Over one hundred unique photographs from their ongoing series will be on view. Editioned prints and artist books will be available for purchase, all proceeds of which will be used to purchase gloves for area homeless shelter, the Dorothy Day Center. 

    Exhibition on view: August 20-October 18, 2015 
    Public reception: September 10, 7:00-8:30 pm
    Artist Talk: Paul Shambroom and Andy Mattern, September 12, 1:00-2:00pm
    Hours + info here

    ICYMI: Paul Shambroom on MNO here and here.  

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