Opening reception for the Fall Members’ Juried Exhibition is on Saturday, September 20 from 6-8pm.
Alison Hiltner is a visual artist and Associate Director of Soo Visual Arts Center who currently lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. She received a BFA from the University of Kansas and a MFA from the University of Minnesota. Hiltner’s credits include solo exhibitions at Spike Gallery in New York, the Museum of Surgical Sciences in Chicago and Heineman Myers Contemporary Art in Washington DC. She was an artist in residence at Sculpture Space, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2007 and 2011, MRAC/McKnight Foundation Next Step Grant in 2010, Jerome Foundation Fellowship in 2011/12 and an Artists on the Verge Northern Lights.mn/Jerome Foundation fellowship in 2013/14. Hiltner has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions on the east coast and in the Midwest including the Soap Factory, Evanston Art Center in Chicago. and recently the Minnesota Biennial at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Harcourt House in Edmonton, Alberta.
Anita Sue Kolman took an indirect route into the art world. She began her professional life in the field of sociology, teaching and running a successful research consulting business for a number of years. However, her volunteer activities as a docent at the Weisman Art Museum and in the schools convinced her that her true passion was art. An artist friend nudged her into a new career as an Artist Representative and she’s carefully selected, mentored and represented artists since 2001. She also fosters deep understanding and connections between art collectors and artists and founded the Anita Sue Kolman Gallery. A collaboration with artist and curator Patrick Kemal Pryor resulted in the gallery morphing into The Kolman & Pryor Gallery, named one of City Pages “Top 10 Galleries in the Twin Cities.” The gallery features contemporary work by Minnesota artists working in diverse media including painting, clay, paper and sculpture.