Exhibitions

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Kristin Pavelka "Bohemian"

Display Cases, main lobby

  • May 14 - August 1, 2020
  • Exhibition Reception: Date TBD
  • Artist Talk: Tuesday, May 26, 5:30pm

Kristin Pavelka admits that she loves food. Growing it. Cooking it. And, of course, eating it. So, as she says, "it’s no surprise that I make art for food." Potters, Pavelka explains, "share the desire to make mealtime special. Using handmade pots engages all five senses, enhancing and creating a memorable experience." In addition to her pottery, Pavelka is also a certified Master Gardener, a member of the Flowers for Pollinators Speaker’s Bureau and has a growing interest in botany.

Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker, Klaire Lockheart, Becca Cerra "Embodiment"

Redepenning Gallery

  • June 25 - August 1, 2020
  • Artist Talk: Tuesday, July 14, 5:30pm

The three artists in this exhibition tackle issues of identity. Kristin Hoelscher-Schaker looks at our skin - both the way we define ourselves with it and the way others see us. Klaire Lockheart explores the concept of femininity - pairing modern expectations with old social customs. And Becca Cerra focuses her work on Western society’s unrealistic standards of beauty and perfection. Together, these three artists create a thought-provoking collection of images and ideas that look at who we are, how we see ourselves and why.

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Charlie Brown "The Monumental Aspects of Nature:

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • June 25 - August 1, 2020
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, July 23, 5:30pm

Nature has had a profound effect upon Charlie Brown. Growing up in a small farming community in Iowa, Brown was captivated by the big sky and the grandeur of nature. He spent the majority of his adult life in advertising and marketing, but now that he has left that world, he’s happily getting back to his roots. That has meant spending more time in nature and in his studio, creating large-scale drawings with layers of charcoal and graphite on Arches paper.

Aaron Packard "Networks of Noise"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • June 25- August 1, 2020
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, July 23, 5:30pm

Aaron Packard tells us his "fascination with photography comes from my obstacles in memory." In fact, he admits that he has few "really clear memories, especially before the fifth grade." Instead, he has "vivid memories of colors, objects and emotions, but in most the context is skewed, abstracted with the noise of intermingling and conflicting visions." He calls this body of work "a kind of photomontage," adding, "my subject is photography, subject is myself; my subject is fiction; my subject is memory."

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Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition

All Galleries

In response to new executive orders for closure of the Center through May 1, 2020 by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, we have rescheduled this exhibition. Please note the new dates!

  • August 13 - September 19, 2020
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, August 15, 6-8pm

Annual spring show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artists. This year, due to COVID-19, this show has been moved to late summer. For information on becoming a Member Artist, including all of the benefits you will get (including participation in this show,) visit Become a Member

For information about submitting work for the exhibition visit Spring Members Show

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Marcia Haffmans "Out of Touch"

Redepenning Gallery

  • September 24 - October 24, 2020
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: TBD

Marcia Haffmans’ visual art has evolved from abstract writing in wet paint on canvas to conceptual 3-D work incorporating handwriting. Handwriting became a focus after she received a copy of her grandmother’s diary, written as their home country of the Netherlands was being invaded in 1940. The diary revealed to Haffmans the depth of her grandmother’s trauma and opened her eyes to the power and distinctive characteristics embedded in personal handwriting.


Erik Jon Olson "Downstream Sacrifices"

Lobby Gallery, first floor

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: TBD

Using quilted plastic waste as his medium, Erik creates works that deal with the effects of consumerism, mass consumption and unfettered capitalism. By layering environmental issues with social justice messaging, his art emphasizes our alienation from the environment and each other, our willingness to waste and our subsequent need for healing. By minimizing his carbon footprint in the creation of pieces and transcending the medium without denying what is, Erik creates art that embodies Marshall McLuhan’s concept that "the medium is the message." 

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Keith Holmes "Pursuit of Happiness"

Lobby Gallery, second floor

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 29, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: TBD

In this exhibit, documentary artist, Keith Holmes explores "the collective desire to belong, the need to represent and the inevitable collision of aspirations in a pluralistic society." In his approach, Holmes explains, "cowboys and zombies, Chicanos and punks, born-agains and anarchists rub shoulders with each other and up against the dominant culture of middle America." Holmes adds, "While I do my best to document genuine happiness, much of the imagery in the show reflects the restless search for an elusive fun that everyone else seems to be enjoying."

Members’ Juried Exhibition

Redepenning Gallery

  • October 29 - November 28, 2020
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 29, 6-8pm with an awards presentation at 7pm

Annual fall show of work by Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Member Artists. The art on display is the result of a juried competition. 

 For information on becoming a Member Artist, including all of the benefits you will get (including participation in this show,) visit Become a Member

For information about submitting work for the exhibition visit Fall Members Show

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