Exhibitions

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Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Pedram Baldari “The Earth is Whole”

Redepenning Gallery

  • March 28 - May 11, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6-9 pm, including
  • "One of Many," an interactive performance addressing themes of Disorientation, Reorientation, and Cultural Tagging. (6:30 - 7 pm)

The Earth is Broken, the Earth is Whole is a dialogue between four artists: Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, Pedram Baldari and Nooshin Hakim Javadi. This exhibition will feature ceramics, calligraphy, media, food, performance and installations that explore cultural and political exchanges between Middle Eastern and Western interpretations of our cultures. This exhibition asks challenging questions, like, do we accept or reject the concept of globalization and migration? How do we embrace what is happening and what is to come? Can it really be as simple as sitting down together? Can something as commonplace as clay, a mineral ubiquitous to all cultures, transcend borders and become a catalyst for addressing such complex issues?

In conjunction with NCECA 2019 (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts)

James Burpee “Nature Up Close”

Lobby Gallery, First Floor

  • March 28 - May 11, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, April 25, 5:30pm

James Burpee has taught college-level painting and drawing for over 48 years, including MCAD and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Many of his nature paintings are on display at major corporations and in medical facilities around the Twin Cities. “My immersion in nature has been a healing experience for me during difficult times,” says Burpee, “and many medical facilities who own my work feel that the work has the combined appeal of serenity and vitality which in turn creates a healing environment for others.” Adds the artist, “I believe I have found a unique way of painting nature. I hope that the paintings show the quality of finding the extraordinary in what could be seen as ordinary.”

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Minnesota Mosaic Guild “Beautifully Broken”

Lobby Gallery, Second Floor

  • March 28 - May 12, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm

Established in 2004, the Minnesota Mosaic Guild (MMG) was formed to promote the art of mosaic, foster exploration and experimentation in the media, provide educational opportunities in mosaic and share and celebrate the diversity of experience and knowledge in the media. Their members emerge from a multitude of artistic backgrounds including sculpture, art instruction, jewelry making, graphic design and oil painting. Many members have been active in community projects throughout the Twin Cities, artist residencies and workshops, mentoring of emerging artists and promoting mosaic as a fine art. Several of their members are professional mosaicists whose work can be seen throughout the Twin Cities. Two include Mosaic on a Stick and J Ring Glass Studio, who serve as sponsors to the organization.

Spring Members’ Nonjuried Exhibition

All Galleries

  • May 17 - June 22, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23, 6-8pm

Annual spring show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artists.

For more information about how to participate, please visit Spring Members’ Exhibition

Cameron Zebrun “Destination: 47.7231° N, 86.9407° W”

Redepenning Gallery

  • June 27 - August 5, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, July 11, 5:30pm

A practicing artist for 38 years, Cameron Zebrun is a past Director of Program Services for the Walker Art Center (1991-2017.) He now makes his art his full-time passion. Zebrun has received two Minnesota State Arts Initiative Grants (2005, 2015) and was Artist in Residence at the Petrified Forest National Park in 2008. “I approach nature with a sense of wonder and keen perception,” he explains. “My pieces are often categorized as defying categorization. They are neither painting nor sculpture, although they embody both processes. All of the components – the colors, forms and graphic elements – are derived from my experiences with the natural world, experiences that provide both pleasure and growth.”

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Michelle Plombon “Urban Threads”

Lobby Gallery, First Floor

  • June 27 - August 5, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, August 1, 5:30pm

Michelle Plombon began her exploration of the arts back in 2006 when she signed up for her first pottery class. Intrigued by Expressionistic and Abstract painting, a fellow potter inspired her to take an abstract painting class. “That was the permission I needed,” explains Plombon. In Urban Threads, she finds “inspiration and beauty in the colors, patterns, textures and combination of fabrics and material. When I first begin a painting, I enjoy and find freedom when I apply repeat patterns on to my canvas. Eventually, I apply larger, less repetitive shapes over my textile-like patterns. Currently, those larger shapes and compositions have taken on urban-like images. I could wonder if growing up in the inner city of Chicago has tinted my paintings, even though the urban flavor has been unintentional.”

Melissa Borman “A Piece of Dust in the Great Sea of Matter”

Lobby Gallery, Second Floor

  • June 27 - August 5, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, August 1, 5:30pm

After suffering an injury six years ago, Melissa Borman found herself compelled to research “depictions of the human body” and “images of the human figure in the landscape.” What she found after wading through historical and contemporary works were depictions of “passive female figures, exposed to the elements and unnaturally posed against landscape backdrops.” This inspired the Minneapolis-based photographer to create “photographs of women and gender – nonconforming people in landscapes that I wanted to see.” Specifically, “images that critically engage conventional aesthetic associations between women and nature. Some ignore the camera and others perform for it, but they all demonstrate their agency as subjects by actively inhabiting these places.”

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Teresa Audet "Evidence of Process"

Lobby Display Cases

  • June 27 - August 5, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, July 11, 5:30pm

Teresa Audet: "My practice is based in craft, respecting material through technical proficiency, tradition and honesty in process. Tools and techniques I employ favor thoughtfulness over haste, focusing on the materials and striving for a meditative way of working. This practice of mindfulness comes from studying the art forms of the Tea Ceremony, flower arranging and traditional woodworking in both the United States and Japan. I believe in the Zen of making and my work explores the role of art making as a meditative tool for emotional processing. In this examination of my personal studio practice I am exploring the ideas of nostalgia and the expression of personal narrative through object making. Through this reverence of craft I am exploring my personal identity as a craftswoman and an artist."

Mark Granlund "Edible/Inedible

Lobby Gallery, Second Floor

  • August 15 - September 15, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 15, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, September 12, 5:30pm

"As long as I can remember, I've always been an artist," say Mark Granlund. From his days working on his MFA at Brooklyn College in NYC to nearly two decades as the Arts Program Manager at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Granlund has been making art, teaching art and giving back to his community in countless ways. Edible/Inedible is a two-part exhibition about his relationship with food. The foods he can't refuse. And the foods that become refuse - that is, the fruits and vegetables that go bad in his refrigerator and go back to the earth through his compost bin. Through his work, Granlund speaks about "our industrial methods of agriculture" in a way that "resonates with everyone."

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Beda Bartosz "Ten Starts From One"

Redepenning Gallery

  • August 15 - September 14, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 15, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, August 29, 5:30pm

Born in Poland in 1984, Beda Bartosz relocated to the UK in 2008. After graduating with a MA in Fine Art in 2011, he was selected for the 2012 Catlin Art Guide as one of the most promising emerging artists in the UK. In Bartosz's words: "My paintings explore the relation between daily life and human nature. I perceive humanity as a chocolate cake, where beneath the 'iced' surface lies those more intriguing and challenging mixtures, with fears and social pathology. I like to explore political issues in my work. These issues often expose themselves in hidden meanings. Art has often educated and opened eyes to social and political issues."

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Minnesota Decoy and Wildfowl Carving Club "Illusions in Wood"

Lobby Display Cases

  • August 15 - September 14, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 15, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, August 29, 5:30pm

Supporting all types of decoy and wildfowl carving, the MDWCC features several experienced and champion carvers as members, who freely offer their skills to club members. From hand-carved decoys to painting and burning feathers, come view these beautiful and functional works of art.

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Kristine Heykants "Uprooted: A Search For Meaning and Connection in Rural Iowa"

Lobby Gallery, First Floor

  • August 15 - September 14, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 15, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, September 12, 5:30pm

Kristine Heykants: Part memoir, part typology: Uprooted is an ongoing quest to uncover meaning and connection in Belmond, Iowa, population 2300. Set against the backdrop of fertile land and industrial agriculture, I am creating a description of 21st Century life in a small Midwestern town. Although I never lived in Belmond, my father grew up there and I visited often as a child. Now, 25 years later, I am creating a visual description of the people and the place, filtered through my experiences of the past. The story begins in 2013 when I took over management of family farmland. I aim to create insight surrounding the challenges of positive human connection, particularly at a time when the economic perspective of city dwellers is at odds with those living in the country, while shedding light on the paradoxes, complexities and social realities of rural Midwestern life.