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Yuri Arajs has curated art exhibits for The Soap Factory, Intermedia Arts, Rosalux Gallery, Inside Out Gallery at Interact Center and the Visible Fringe, the visual arts component of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
He is the co-founder of Outsiders and Others Gallery, which primarily focuses on Minnesota’'s self-taught artists, as well as the new Outsider Art Center, which will create further opportunities for outsider artists and audiences. Its first exhibit focuses on artists who have experienced homelessness. He is a minimalist artist with degrees in printmaking and graphic design.
“HOMELESS AWARENESS” ART SHOW OPENS NOVEMBER 12 AT MALL OF AMERICA
Opening night reception to be held from 6-9 pm
“Homeless Awareness,” the first juried art show featuring original works by artists who have experienced homelessness will open on Saturday, November 12 at the Mall of America, Bloomington. An opening night reception from 6-9 pm will celebrate of the exhibition and sale, which runs through December 31. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists. A program will be held at 7 pm. Hours of the fourth level mall gallery are Wednesdays, 11 am – 6 pm; Thursdays, 11 am – 8:30 pm; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm.
Ten artists will display and sell their works during the seven-week exhibition. The artists are: Felix Brown, Dana Gibbs, Ernie Grossbach, Michael Jaecks, Lynnda Jones, Nathan Jones Jr., Sindibad O’Dell, Henry Pallares, Brad Parsons and Guy Stridsigne.
“Homeless Awareness” was curated by Yuri Arajs, artistic director of the Outsider Art Center and Outsiders and Others Gallery, and Robyn Robinson, artist and Fox-9 News anchor. Arajs said, “These artists face numerous challenges. It's amazing how they get inspired and create their work under such extreme circumstances, whether it's on the street or in a drop-in center. Typically, homeless persons do not have the opportunity to have their voices heard -- much less have their art valued in mainstream society."
“Homeless Awareness,” presented by the Outsider Art Center and Outsiders & Others Gallery, Minneapolis, was scheduled to coincide with National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, November 13-19, 2005.
For more information about the exhibition, call 612-338-3435 or go online to http://www.outsidersandothers.org/Shows/MOA.htm
Morstad’s winning proposal was selected for the Innovate mnartists.org $5,000.00 award from dozens of proposals submitted. Radio mnartists will be broadcast on Art Matters, every Friday at 11am on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio-FM Radio – 90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in St. Paul and posted online every Friday on www.mnartists.org. Composer Ken Brahmstedt will assist in the production of the series.
“Radio mnartists” features 20 conversations with a varied group of artists from around Minnesota. Says Morstad: “The series is meant to create a larger picture of the diversity of artists working throughout the state and will provide arts enthusiasts with a compelling entry point into the broader Minnesota arts culture.”
The Innovate mnartists.org Award was designed to expand awareness of the mnartists.org website, to broaden the audience, increase participation on the site, use the site’s technology in fresh ways, promote diversity, and connect artists with audience. We thought Morstad's proposed radio interview series met these challenges well: her subjects live all around the state, and include an incredible range of media and styles.
Her complete series will be presented as an audio collection on mnartists.org in January 2006.