Alison Aune

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contact name: Alison Aune

Related Organizations:
Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM), National Art Education Association (NAEA), International Society for Education through Art (InSea), The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF), The Duluth Swedish Cultural Society, and The Duluth Art Institute.


Alison Aune is a Professor in the Art Education Area of the Art and Design Department at the University of Minnesota, Duluth
PhD Ohio University, Athens Comparative Arts (2000)
MFA student Ohio University Athens (1987-1988) degree incomplete.
MA University of MN Duluth (1987)
BFA University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1984)

1981-1982 Exchange Student Östra Grevie Folkhögskola, Sweden
1990-1991 Exchange Student Trondheim University, Norway

1984 Massachusetts Certification in Art Education, UMASS, Amherst
2000 Graduate Certification in Women’s Studies OU, Athens


1. Arts Organization Awards
2003 Minnesota Museum Educator of the Year Award, Art Educator’s of Minnesota (AEM)

2003 Board of Directors’ Best of Show Choice Award . The Duluth Art Institute

2002 Jerome Foundation International Artist Travel Grant: Historic-Contemporary Scandinavian Textile Designs. Joint Artist grant with Kirsten Aune. 3 week travel: Iceland, Denmark and Sweden Spring in 2003

1990-1991 Research Fellowship, The American Scandinavian Foundation

1990-1991 Research Fellowship Norway-American Association

1990-1991 Ohio University-Trondheim Graduate Student Exchange Fellowship award

1994, 1991 Honorary Mention, Duluth Art Institute Members (paintings)

1988 Honorary Award, the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

2. University of Minnesota Grants (selected)
2006: Research Grant, School, of Fine Arts The Arabesque and the Tulip, Research trip to Turkey,
2006: New Turkish Paintings,Small Chancellors Grant
2005: Metamorphosis of Peace: Paintings by Francisco da Costa Maya, (curated an exhibition and presented lectures) INSEA Conference attendance Visue, Portugal . Office of International Programs and Small Chancellor's Grant.
2004: Grant-in-Aid Art for All: A Cross-Cultural study of the Socio-Aesthetic Goals of Art Education in Sweden (funded research trips in 2005)
2004:Small Chancellor's grant to present ,Nordic Blue, at the NAEA conference Denver, CO.
2003: Office of International Programs: Research to Scandinavia.
2003: Small Chancellor's Grant: Exhibition Faces of Earth Paintings by Alison Aune.
2003: Small Chancellor's Grant: Research Trip to Scandinavia.
2001: Small Chancellor's Grant: Norwegian Women Artists: Harriet and Agathe Backer, SASS conference and Music Association presentations with Dr. Jeanne Doty.
1999: Art education/museum education Small Chancellor's Grant.

Exhibitions/Performance History

Art Exhibitions
a. International
Faculty Exchange Group Exhibition. Palazzo Sclafani, Accademia de Belli Arti, Palermo Sicily, Italy. January-March 2004.

A Long Way Home-Swedish Immigrant Life Duluth Sister Cities Commission and Duluth Swedish Cultural. Society. House of the Emigrants, Växjö, Sweden, 2002 premier. Exhibition on permanent display.

Mail Art: Postcards to Petrozavodsk: Sister City Art Exchange. Duluth Art Institute Sister City Art Exchange, Petrozavodsk, Russia. 1992.

Ostra Grevie Folkhogskola Student Exhibition, Ostra Grevie, Sweden. 1982.

b. National
Women in the Middle: Borders, Barriers, Intersections. Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee. Jurors Flo Oy Wong, Gail Tremblay, Clarissa Sligh, Tey Marianna Nunn, and Helen R. Klebesadel. More than 1,000 images submitted and 100 works selected. June-July 2004.

Faces of Earth: Paintings by Alison Aune. Selected Solo Show. Curator Anne LaPrade. Central Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 16th-December 7th, 2003.

Painting from the North: Kirsten and Alison Aune. Liga de Arte, Puerto Rico. (Selected 2003 but postponed)

Women’s Artwork Slide Exhibition NAEA Conference, Women’s Caucus, Washington, D.C. 1998.

Rural Artists Exhibition, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL. 1990.

The Graduate Art Exhibition. Siegfried Gallery, Ohio University, 1988.

The 2nd Annual Exhibition, The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio, 1987.

McGee Street Studio Members’ Show, McGee Street, Berkeley, California, 1985.

c. Regional
Inspired by a Woman. WARM (Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota) Members’ Exhibition, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, September 9- October 18, 2003. Selected.

Women’s Artwork: Women’s Caucus Slide Exhibition, National Art Education Association Conference, Minneapolis, 2003.

Art Educators of Minnesota Member’s Show. Paramount Theater Gallery, St. Cloud State, November 2003.

101 Dala Horses: The History of a Swedish Legend. The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, August -September 2002. Invited by Curt Pederson, curator.

The Hormone Show, Kruk Gallery, Holden Fine Arts Center, University of WI, Superior
January 17-Feb. 9th, 2001.

The Hormone Show, Gallery 101 University of Wisconsin-River Falls, October 2001.

Norwegian-American Painting in Minnesota Today Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis. Claire Selkurt, curator. April-May, 2000. Selected.

Common Language Group Show. Johnson Heritage Post Arts Center, Grand Marais, MN, 1997. Selected.

Botanical Exhibition. Minnesota Horticultural Society. Center for Northern Gardening, Falcon Heights, MN, 1996. Juried. Michele Holzwarth, Coordinator.

Colors in Winter: Paintings by Kirsten and Alison Aune The Finnish-American Heritage Center, Suomi College, Hancock, MI. 1994. Selected.

Recent Paintings by Alison Aune. Regional Artist Series. Toivola-Meadowlands Charter school, curator Peter Spooner. Sept-Oct. 1993.

Holiday Icons. Ompahale Gallery, Calumet, WI. 1991. Phyllis Fredendall McIntyre, curator.

d. Local
Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition Tweed Museum of Art, 2007, 2004, 2000

Duluth Art Institute Member’s Show, January 2007, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1995, 1994, 1992.

Art Fund Gala Exhibition. North Shore Bank of Commerce. March 5th, 2005

The Everyday of Peace. First United Methodist Church. March 6, 2005.

The Effects of Our Affects: A Multigenerational Teacher & Student art exhibition. Art Education Club Waterfront Artworks, November 2003.

Eye of the Beholder, The Duluth Art Institute, May 13-July 2002, curated by John Steffel. Selected.

World (With)out AIDS Day, Tweed Museum of Art, January 2000, 2001,2002.

A Long Way Home-Swedish Immigrant Life sponsored by the Duluth Sister Cities Commission and Duluth Swedish Cultural Society, Technology Village, Duluth, 2002.

Dandelion Gardens: New Faculty Exhibition (23 new works). Solo exhibition. Tweed Museum of Art, April, 2001.

Two Sisters and the Sky: Linda Helander. The Duluth Art Institute Community Installation. July-September, 2000.

Celebrate! Women in the Arts: Art in a Cold Climate. Third Biennial Juried Regional Fine Arts Exhibition. The Tweed Museum of Art Jurors Patricia Canelake, Jill Ewald and Val Jenkins. Curators, Nancy Cramer Lettenstrom and Adu Gindy. May-June, 1999.

How the Sea Got its Colors: Paintings by Francisco da Costa Maya, Alison Aune and Kirsten Aune, The Duluth Art Institute. August 2- September 19th, 1999. Selected

Celebrate! Women in the Arts (45 artists selected from 105). Jurors, Karen helland, Catherine Koemptgen and Phyllis Fredendall McIntyre. Curator Linda Helander., The Duluth Art Institute, 1997.

Flowers in Winter I & II: Paintings by Alison Aune. The Art Dock and Lake View Coffee Emporium, 1997.

thirteen broadsides : writer and artist collaborations. Tweed Museum of Art. Selected, 1996.

Playing with a Full Deck juried show. DAI April-May. Selected, 1996.

The Cutting Edge: Saw Art. The Tweed Museum of Art Open Community Exhibition, 1996.

Masks, Disguises, and Alter Egos. Washington Gallery Art Space, Duluth, 1996.

Celebrate! Women in the Arts. Curator Linda Helander. (42 artists selected out of 62 artists) Jurors. Adu Gindy, Ruth Lull, and Cecilia Rolando. Duluth Art Institute, 1995.

Look: Self Portraits by Area Artists. Group Show. The Joy Kops Gallery. Duluth, 1995.

The Washington School Group Show, January 29th, 1994.

Origins, Sources and Processes: Common Language Group Exhibition, The Duluth Art Institute, 1994.

Five Women Artists, The Joy Kop Gallery, Duluth, 1994.

A Muse of Colors: Paintings by Kirsten and Alison Aune. The Duluth Art Institute, July-August 1993.

Recent Paintings by Alison Aune. September 11-October 12th 1993. Regional Artist Series. Toivola Meadowlands Charter School. Curator, Peter Spooner. Invited.

Keepers of the Waters. March-May. Juried. Duluth Art Institute, 1992

Goddesses in the Garden. Solo MA Thesis show. Tweed Museum of Art, 1987.

The Annual Student Art Show, The Tweed Museum of Art. Juror: Candice Clement, 1987.


Private Collections in the US, Canada, Sweden, and Norway.

Tweed Museum of Art, Weisman


Lizzards Gallery, Duluth MInnesota


January 2005 “Behind the Tomato Curtain: Interdisciplinary Museum Based Learning in Art Education for College, Preschool, and Elementary Age Students” Community Connections: Intergenerational Links in Art Education. (Ed) Angela La Porte. Reston: VA: NAEA Press, 2004. National. Referred chapter submission.

January 2005 “Building with Colors and Shapes: The Modernist Aesthetic for Early Childhood” Instructional Resource In Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association. January 2005 referred publication. (This is the official journal of the National Art Education Association).

2000. “The Art of Cora Sandel: A Norwegian Painter and Writer.” Diss. Ohio University. UMI Research Press. (Doctoral Dissertation )

1. Reviews: Articles, Reviews, and Art Reproductions
a. Artist
“Steffl’s Troubles Inspire Trust Fund for Artists” Duluth Budgeteer News. Section B. Sunday. 6, March. 2005. Color reproduction of my painting Amaryllis.

Aune, Alison. Portrait of Cheryl, Cheryl Reitan’s Forester’s Edge

Aune, Alison. “Artist, Works, and Statements” in exhibition catalogue Intersections: Women in the Middle, Borders, Barriers, Intersections: A Juried Exhibition of Feminist Art. Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, July 2004. Reproduction of my painting Cheryl.

Eller, Kyle. “Annual Event is an Artistic Snapshot of the Community.Arts” 18, Jan. 2004, Budgeteer News . B1+. Reproduction of my collage Knackebrod Fantasi printed in color.

Selleck, Christopher M . “New Beginnings: An Interview with Jeffery Kalstrom,” Ripsaw News . 24, Sept. 2003: 25. Included in list of quality area artists.

Rutkoski, Christine. “In Homecoming, Aune Celebrates Heritage.” Daily Hampshire Gazette 24th, Nov. 2003: B6+. Color reproduction of Cheryl

Rutoski, Christina. “Return of the Native: Alison Aune Exhibits at Central Gallery,”. Amherst Bulletin 21 Nov. 2003: 15+. Reproduction of Chery.l

Kalstrom, Jeffery. “ Annual membership Show.” The Duluth Art Institute Newsletter. January-April, 2004. Reproduction of Adeline.

Selleck, Christopher M. “The Year in Art ,”. Ripsaw 31, Dec. 2003: 18. Reproduction of Adeline

Hanson, Linda. “New Life on the Prairie: Memorial Prairie Garden Brings Comfort through Seasons.” Duluth News Tribune 19, May 2002: 1F. Color reproduction of memorial painting.

Eller, Kyle. “Eye of the Beholder; New Art Institute show brings personal response to body images,”. Budgeteer News 19, May 2002: B1+. Included in Review.

Reader Weekly 26th, Apr. 2001: 28. Color reproduction of Leif in the Dandelion Gardens

Aune, Alison. “101 Dalas: Art Activity Book for Children” Minneapolis: American Swedish Institute, 2002. Illustrated museum activity booklet. Over 500 given to school groups.

Reader Weekly [Duluth “The Hormone Show, 18, Jan. 2001: 28. Color reproduction In Memoria

Abbe, Mary. “Home from Norway Viking Pride: Twin Exhibitions by Norwegian-Americans” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 28, April 2000: 14. Painting Norway to America reproduced.

Selkurt, Claire. “Artist’s Biographies” Norwegian-American Art in Minnesota Today , 2000; 1+. Groveland Gallery exhibition catalogue. Color reproduction Norway to America.

Klefstad, Ann. “‘Sea’ showcases art for daily pleasure: Sisters and friends revel in color, patterns of the everyday” Duluth News Tribune. 15 Aug. 1999: 4G+. Art review and color reproduction of Pepper Green.

Aune, Alison. “Artist Profile: Alison Aune/Painter” Duluth News Tribune,15, Aug. 1999: 4G+.

Farnam, Joan. “How the Sea Got its Colors: Colorists exhibit works at the Art Institute” The Budgeteer News, 28, July 1999: B1+. Art review and color reproduction of Erik and Maja.

John Steffl, “How the Sea Got its Colors” Duluth Art Institute Newsletter. Summer, 1999. Jocelyn’s Garden reproduced..

Grover, J.Z. “Artists embrace Cold for all to enjoy.” Duluth News and Tribune, 20, June 1999: 7E. Art review. My work discussed as an example of regional Scandinavian folkloric material.

Duluth Budgeteer 23, June1999. reproduction of Motherhood.

Walters, Marilyn. Duluth News Tribune 29, Apr. 1999: F1. Leisure Planner with my painting Motherhood as the cover image in full color.

Olson, Nicholas .“Celebrate!Women in the Arts at Tweed.”. UMD Statesmen. (Duluth]. 1999. Work reviewed.

Heibenstreit, Linda and Wendy Savage. “The New Millennium: Our Children’s Vision “Duluth Art Institute Once Upon a Page: The Art of Children’s Books Activity Guide” The Duluth Art Institute, 1999. (included as a book artist).

Farnam, Joan. “Nancy Fitzgerald Finds Rapture in her Poetry,”Budgeteer News . 1, Nov. 1998: C8. Reproduction of my sculpture.

Bowman, Amy. “Celebrate Women in the Arts,” UMD Statesman . 24, Apr. 1997:11. Interview .

Grover, Jan Zita. “Exhibition of Women’s art takes broad, but shallow, view”
News Tribune. . 4, May 1997: 7E. My work described as having regional folkloric material.

Depot Quarterly: A St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center Publication . Vol. 14 Number 1, Spring 1997:9. Color image of Norwegian Narcissus

Listen to Girls full color cover illustration for Northern Sun: Products for Progressives. catalogue, Fall/Winter 1997-1998.

“thirteen broadsides: writer and artist collaborations” New Review: Celebrating the Arts of the Lake Superior Region. Vol. 1 Issue 2 February 1996. My print Blue Moon Sleep reproduced.

“Thirteen Broadsides is a 10” UMD Statesman . 18, Jan. 1996. My print is described.

Lanpher,Katherine. “Conference on Women: The Road to Empowerment,” Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 24, Aug. 1995: 1B. My painting “Listen to Girls in full color, front page

Nancy Grover, “New Moon on the Rise” my painting New Moon Twins reproduced, Bush Fellow News, Fall 1995: 3.

“Aune Sister Art: Colors in Winter.” The Daily Mining Gazette, . Jan. 1995. Review of exhibition.

Souhrada, Paul. “Art Open: Recognizing diverse talents of lesser-known artist,” The Athens Messenger . Nov. 1987. Reproductions of three of my artworks included for the article.

Bob Ashenmacher, “Choosing a life of art in the age of the Yuppie,”.Accent North/TV.. cover story. News-Tribune & Herald, 26, Apr. 1987: 10+. Reproduction of my sculptures.

Envall, Heidi. “For the Love of Color,”Zeneth City Arts, , Aug. 1987: 1. Image of Sonia Delaunay Sculpture from the Earth Goddess Series included with review.

“Buddha” intaglio/mixed media print. Spectrum: The Literary and Fine Arts Magazine at the University of Massachusetts . 1983.

b. Art Educator
“Green Man Welcomes All” Duluth News Tribune 17, July. 2005. 4C.
Blomberg, Kelley. “Students and artists create for peace” The Statesman. The Student News Source of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Vol. 75 Nov. 20. 10 March, 2005. Page 19.
“Museum Educator of the Year” award photo in Art Educator’s of Minnesota (AEM) Spring Newsletter. 2004.

Aune, Alison “Higher Education Report, ”Art Educator’s of Minnesota (AEM) Fall Newsletter 2003.

Blitz, Brian. “Tweed Museum Combines Art with Education UMD Statesmen, 18 Sept. 2003: 12. Cover story and article on art teacher training for Arts and Entertainment. Three pictures included of art education students working in the museum.

Jane Brissett, “Party for the Arts: Mardi Gras Fundraiser” cover story and article Northand Communities Duluth News Tribune, 19 Feb. 2003: 1+. Two large color photographs of art education program included.

Kuchera, Steve. “Discovering Art: The Tweed Museum offers a range of art-related educational opportunities,”Duluth News Tribune, 18 Aug. 2003: B3. Northland Communities front page cover story and article with two large photographs.

“A Special Partnership: Summit and Tweed.” Summit Slate. Feb. 2002.

“New Programs at Summit School.” Duluthian Jan.-Feb. 2002. Color reproduction of my painting Summit School.

Reitan, Cheryl. “Tribute to Tweed: Tweed Museum of Art Celebrates its 50th Anniversary” The Bridge. Winter 2000. Interview.

“UMD’s Earth Coalition hosted ‘Earth Week “UMD Statesman” . 27 Apr. 2000: 5.

Farnam, Joan. “Two Sisters and the Sky: Depot Exhibit draws in community” 23 Aug. 2000 (mention of my collage to my mother).

Farnam, Joan. “ Art and Architecture” Budgeteer News 5 Nov. 2000. rev: C1+.

Thompson, Mary. “School mural is Colored with creativity and natural history” Duluth Budgeteer. 3 Feb. 1999. B1+. Interview.

Gibbs, Judy. “Summit School-Tweed-Hartley Mural Project” Hart Beat Quarterly Newsletter for Members & Friends of the Hartley Nature Center . vol. 1 Winter Issue 1999. Photo with children in the Tweed.

Farnam, Joan. “Depot Show: Alison Aune and the Summit Art program” Budgeteer News . 3 Feb. 1999: C1+.

Pakou Vang “Asian art is a concise survey” UMD Statesman . 9 Oct. 1997. Interview.

“Family Fun at Tweed” Nettleton Newsletter. November 1996.

Fortner, Larry. “ArtReach” The Senior Reporter April 1994. Photo of tour in museum.

“Gypsy Wagon unloads gypsy from soul, paints it on young faces” News-Tribune & Herald 21 July 1986: 7A.

Lane, Lindsey. “TV’s replacement: Kids drama” Massachusetts Daily Collegian
6 Apr. 1977; 9.

“Drama for Kids” The Morning Union 15 Nov. 1976:HF.

Biographical Information

Country of Citizenship:
United States

Birth Place:
Oberlin, Ohio

Birth Date:
April 26, 1961


Active Place:

Minnesota County:
Saint Louis

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