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April Malphurs, 'Refraction: Capturing Joy Through Glass'

Display Cases

May 13 - June 19, 2021

My work is whimsical, capturing my enthusiasm for life and a playfulness inspired from my years of work with children. I use bold colors, patterns and textures to create a feeling of joy in my work.  Much of my work is non-representational with inspiration coming from the forms, colors or patterns of the beads or blown bases. Once the initial idea occurs to me, I work to create a feeling of harmony between the beads and base. I watched glass blowing from a young age, but my interest in light and shadow in sculpture is what eventually lead me to the medium.  Since I approach my work primarily from the vantage point of a sculptor, assembling the pieces together using flexible wire armatures, my work has an illusion of movement or a “bounciness” that adds to the joyous mood of the work.  The parts represent the beauty of diversity and individuality in each of us making up the world as a whole.

Malphurs Glass Sculpture

Contemporary Realism: Work from the Atelier

Lobby Gallery, first floor

ATELIER c mitzuk water elemental 16x20 oil painting - photograph 6x8 300 ppi
ATELIER Laura Tunde.The Scholar oil
ATELIER Andy Sjodin. And Water.

May 13 - June 19, 2021

This exhibition presents current works from the directors, staff, and students, as well as historical work by R. H. Ives Gammell and Richard F. Lack.  The original Atelier, founded by Richard Lack in 1970, has based its aesthetic philosophy on a direct lineage to the Boston school of American Impressionists and the French Academy. The Atelier, directed by Cyd Wicker and assistant director Laura Tundel, closely follows these original precepts offering students an opportunity to master the fundamental principles in the classical discipline of realistic drawing and painting.

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James Byrne, 'New Works'

Lobby Gallery, second floor

May 13 - June 19, 2021

Artist Statement: I use digital means to layer and combine images from drawing, photography and painting to create my composite collages.  I’m most excited when I’m surprised by what I’ve made - the image stuns me for a second.  For me, art is all about discovery and sharing.


While his previous work has spanned video art and narrative filmmaking, James Byrne is now focused on creating two dimensional composite images on canvas, paper, and projected.  He is very pleased to have his first solo exhibition of these new works at Hopkins Center for the Arts.  Recent group shows of this new work include Divulgarti, Genoa, Italy; PACE Center Gallery, Denver; Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis; Jimmy Wilson Gallery, Minneapolis; and D’art Gallery, Denver.  

His video art has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.   His short films have screened nationally as well as at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. 

Byrne lives in St. Paul and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Elected Studies. He earned an MFA in Video Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 


Fawzia Khan, 'Becoming Visible'

Redepenning Gallery

May 13 - June 19, 2021

I am a practicing artist who has embraced art as a second career. A Pakistani-American born in Nigeria, I became a U.S. citizen at age 18. Like many child immigrants, I feel I have a foot in more than one culture but do not wholly belong to any. I grew up with certain expectations of my role as a daughter, wife, and mother. Identity, gender roles, veils and barriers are themes that run through my art.

I have made several works about the burka and niqab, the robes and face veils that some Muslim women wear. Covering a woman’s face makes her anonymous and invisible. Patriarchy is less obvious in western society, but exists nonetheless. For example, in Minnesota we still have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. Even though western women may not wear the niqab, their accomplishments are still undervalued.

As the fortunate recipient of a 2020 Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, I interviewed twelve Minnesotan women (including transwomen and nonbinary individuals) from various walks of life, from the original inhabitants to our newest immigrants. I manipulated photos of them and digitally embroidered images of their eyes on flour sack dishtowels, a symbol of traditional gender roles. I use embroidery as a metaphor for the laborious nature of unacknowledged “women’s work.” The work is hung at eye level around a room so that upon entering, the viewer becomes “the viewed.” With this relationship reversal, the women become visible. The installation also incorporates the contributions of these women to Minnesota through written summaries and a video. There are longer videos on each woman available on the website. The work will allow audiences to see the strengths and contributions of these women to Minnesota and acknowledge the many roles women play today.


Becoming Visible Composite

Catherine YoungmanFadumo Hassan
Isabella Star LablancNatya Stroud
Ellie KrugCaitlin Gregg
Mary LyonsSuzann Willhite
Sharron SteinfeldtKhou Lor
Maria Ponce-KhouryKate Tucker

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Chris Cinque, 'Beyond the Reach of Words'

Lobby Gallery, Second floor

June 24 - July 31, 2021

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24, 6 - 8 pm

Given the fact that my life was upended by trauma at an early age, the phrase “art saves lives” is literally true for me. Working as an artist has always been my salvation and my solace. My task has been to create order in a disordered and disoriented life. I did this first for many years in theater as a playwright, performer, and director, and for almost as long a time now as a visual artist. My work continues to be about finding connections: to the muddled and mysterious past, to the dynamics of the present moment, and to the hope that lives in the future. Storytelling, whether it be through line and color or actual words, embodies that desire: to connect to myself so that I may also connect to others. This always happens by turning towards the light that lives in all of us. For me, that means practicing the art of manipulating color and form to tell stories that are full of emotional content, but which lie just beyond the reach of words.

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Kristi Kuder, 'Memento'

Redepenning Gallery

June 24 - July 31, 2021

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24, 6 - 8pm

As an installation artist, pushing boundaries by exploring different materials and ways to express myself has always been an instinctive part of my process and artistic effort. My interest as a maker focuses on the ambiguous aspects in our daily life. In a world where boundaries are blurred and presence and absence intersect, I'm compelled to dig into the emotional core of what this means. I believe memory is the author of ambiguity and that belief informs my work.

 I often choose to work with wire mesh for its illusive qualities and then augment it with other materials. Mesh’s ability to both reflect and filter light, as well as be delicate yet strong is integral to my artistic expression. Treating wire mesh like fabric and wire like thread; I stitch, fray, knit, felt or layer to create three-dimensional forms and installations that capture the enigmatic nature of ambiguity. Using eyebrow tweezers, in a methodical process, I deconstruct wire mesh thread by thread. I appreciate that the memory from the weave in the deconstructed mesh remains present in the newly formed work. 

I’m also intrigued by the inference of presence and absence found in nature. Impressions left by lapping waves along the shoreline, daytime tracings of night-loving creatures and shadows from plant-life upon the earth—their orphic aspects are captured using a cyanotype process with water to create prints on paper and fabric. 

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Leah Yellowbird, 'Can You Hear Me Now'

Lobby Gallery, First floor

June 24 - July 31, 2021

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24, 6 - 8pm

As a young person, I learned from my extended family how to follow traditional beading patterns, and I have been working in this medium my entire life. This knowledge, combined with my interest in explorations in color has spilled over into the realm of painting. After a challenging time in my life I took a step back from everything and decided to pick up a paintbrush – something that had been absent from my hand for two decades. I had my first solo exhibition in 2013. Since then I have been painting, beading and creating full time. I think of my process in the context of survival; painting and beading are like breathing to me. I draw inspiration from the traditional art forms of my ancestors while adding a modern voice to the imagery. My pointillism work is a visual manifestation of time, each dot embodying a moment and a prayer. I appreciate the synergy of working in a variety of mediums from birch bark to paint on canvas to beads on velvet – each practice informs the others and connects me with my First Nations Algonquin-Metis and Anishinaabe heritage. Through my journey as an artist I know that I never want to stop learning and expanding my understanding of the many voices that came before me.