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In this issue: Artists in Conversation


We're featuring a number of candid conversations between a variety of artists about the day-to-day practice of their chosen craft, whether that's painting or news-gathering, playwriting or jazz improvisation, the resulting exchanges offer illuminating, unexpected glimpses into the choices, both pedestrian and lofty, which inform these artists' creative work.


PLUS: Art of This is hosting a big, old-fashioned art-scene meet-and-greet, OPEN EXCHANGE, this weekend

News You Can Use: a selection of current artist opportunities on mnartists.org

Artist Opportunities







»CLICK HERE for a daily-updated list of many, many more opportunities for Minnesota artists in every discipline on mnartists.org

OPEN CALL: The Walker Art Center needs your help in transforming our big, green backyard into Open Field, a summer-long event that celebrates the many cultural assets of our community. What this means for you: create an activity for the calendar, use the space for your own recreational or creative purposes, join the Drawing Club, join in an artist’s residency project, or anything else.

Deadline: Open Field runs through September 5



CALL FOR ARTISTS: The organizers of the upcoming Twin Cities Nerd Party seek pieces for their affiliated Geek Craft Exhibition – so if you cross stitch scenes from video games or knit your own Cthulhu hats, embroider mathematical formulae, or make amigurumi Star Trek characters, this is the craft show for you

Submission info: pieces need to be completed and ready to hang by Monday, June 14th and will remain in the space until Monday, June 21st (Twin Cities Nerd Party is June 15 – 21 at the Storefront-in-a-box in Minneapolis)


CALL FOR MURAL ARTISTS: The Marshall Mural Committee of the Marshall Fine Arts Council is requesting artists’ applications for a "music mural," the first of three exterior murals planned in Marshall, MN

Submission deadline: June 18


HELP WANTED: As part of the upcoming We Work Here exhibition at Intermedia Arts, Works Progress is asking community groups, non-profit organizations and independently owned businesses to suggest small projects to be completed by a work crew of under-employed creative people

Complete a "Help Wanted" work order online


JOB OPENINGS: There are two full-time positions open at the American Craft Council: Director of Development and Director of Finance and Administration

Application deadline: June 18


CALL FOR MUSICIANS: The 3rd Annual Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Contest invites songwriters of all styles and ages to submit two original songs for the "Celebration of Song" festival in August

Deadline: June 25


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Seeking proposals for a public art work for the new Visual Arts Center located at the Coon Rapids Campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Deadline: June 30


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Stevens Square Center for the arts invites submissions of work themed around "the history that never was" or which explores an "alternative history of the Industrial Age" for its upcoming exhibition The New Antiquarians

Deadline: July 2


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Cinema Revolution invites submissions of films and multimedia installations for two projects, "The Minneapolis Project" and "Dance Film Project"

  • Dance Film Project's "intent to submit" deadline for interested dancemakers and filmmakers: July 15
  • Submissions of short films for the Minneapolis Project are ongoing


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Minneapolis Photo Center invites amateur and professional photographers worldwide to submit black and white photography for an upcoming juried exhibition, Black & White: People, Places or Things

Deadline: July 23

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Call for artists for the 2010 Arrowhead Biennial Exhibition

Deadline: August 20


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS AND VOLUNTEER DESIGNERS:  Hot Off The is a month-long publishing project, facilitated by Ariel Pate and Tiffany Hockin (ARP! Magazine), at the Soap Factory during the month of August. H.O.T. will be collaboratively publishing manifestos, fiction, art books, newsletters, comics, novellas and anything else that can be printed on paper and bound.

Deadline: Rolling through August 15

Homepage: Featured arts journalism and online collections from mnartists.org

Seeing Target Field


Michael Fallon offers a fan's eye view on artistic and architectural character of Target Field with a wholly subjective, sprawling, and entirely engaging assessment of the aesthetic, cultural, political, and philosophical merits of the Twins' new ballpark.





Credit: Twins logo at night (Photo by the author)

Around the Playwrights' Table


Minnesota Playlist's Alan Berks talks shop with his fellow Workhaus Collective playwrights about collaborative theater and the nuts and bolts of taking a show from the page to the stage, in an interview formatted, appropriately enough, in script form.




Related performance:

Chimera, co-created by Deborah Stein and Suli Holum and presented by the Workhaus Collective, is on stage at the Playwrights' Center for a couple of additional performances, June 11 & 12.




Credit: Image for Chimera, courtesy of the Workhaus Collective

Exchange: a conversation on painting with Ute Bertog


mnartists.org continues its series of artist-to-artist conversations, this time with artist Ruben Nusz and German-born, MN painter Ute Bertog, on the relationship between language and painting, the merits of Amy Sillman and the perks of miscommunication.




Credit: Ute Bertog, Edit #2, oil, tape on canvas, 2008. (Image courtesy of the artist)

News to Her


Ann Klefstad's informal review and talk with "Books Page" editor Laurie Hertzel about her upcoming book News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, out this summer from University of Minnesota Press.




Related event:

Laurie Hertzel will read from her book, News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist on Monday, September 13, at 7:30 pm at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis. Her memoir, News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, will be released by University of Minnesota Press in September 2010.





Credit: Laurie Hertzel on her last day at the Duluth News-Tribune (Photo by Steven Stearns, courtesy of the author)

Conversations on Improvisation: Stefan Kac


Jazz writer Pamela Espeland continues her series on improvisation with musician Stefan Kac, a composer, educator, improviser, and passionate tuba player with one foot in jazz and the other in classical music.



Related performances:

Sunday, June 20, 7 pm: Assemblage (Horn Chorale) with Milo Fine, Scott Newell, John O'Brien, Stefan Kac, Jaron Childs, Philip Mann, Ryan Reber, Rick Ness, and Elaine Evans. Homewood Studios. Tuesday, June 22, 10 pm: Symphonic Transients Orchestra. Clown Lounge, in the basement of the Turf Club. Tuesday, June 29, 10 pm: BroncoVision with Brandon Wozniak, Stefan Kac, Anthony Cox, and Jay Epstein. Clown Lounge, in the basement of the Turf Club.


Credit: Stefan Kac at the Art of This in January 2010 (Photo by John Whiting)

Some Assembly Required (May 2010)


The month of May saw the beginning of a (scattered) focus on some of our best interview episodes, starting with a 2001 interview with John Oswald (Plunderphonics), and continuing with a 2004 conversation with both members of The Bran Flakes. Stay tuned for new episodes later this summer, along with a continuing best-of collection of the Some Assembly Required interview series.


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You Are Here: A handpicked sampling from the events listed on mnartists.org/calendar
Classes and Workshops

WORKSHOP: "Drawing Club" with mnartists.org, members of the public are invited to team up with local artists for a summer-long, informal community drawing project as part of the Walker's Open Field program

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, every Thursday night through August


WORKSHOPS: "Crosstrain" a series of "interdisciplinary, performance intensive" workshops – led by Barbra Berlovitz, Shawn McConneloug, Robert Rosen, Kira Oblensky, and more

Studio 206, Minneapolis, June 10 – 27


CLASS: "Learn to Sew" – get a handle on the basics of sewing, from using your machine to working with patterns

The Studio at Rush Creek, Maple Grove, June 13 (1:00 pm)


WORKSHOPS: Edina Art Center is offering a variety of three-day "Summer Art Camps" for teens and children, from working with clay to painting, sculpture, crafts, and more

Edina Art Center, Edina, June 15 – August 26


WORKSHOP: "Expressions: A Playday of Experimenting with Design"

Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Minneapolis, June 19 (10:00 am)


Penelope Freeh and Megan Mayer present We’ll Survive if We Don’t Protect Ourselves & We tried to throw the light

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, June 17 (7:30pm)


Hauser Dance's "Kid's Camp" – classes for kids to run, jump, skip, and roll and learn techniques for creative movement

Hauser Dance, Minneapolis, June 21 – 25


Ballet of the Dolls presents Myron Johnson's new work, Dance of the Pink Flamingos

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, June 17 – 27


The League of Red Herrings, new dance works by Mad King Thomas and Judith Howard

Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, June 17 – 19 (7:30 pm)


Smithsoniansmith (this is it) presented by Hijack/Scott Heron

Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, June 24 – 27 (doors at 7:30 pm)


Christopher Watson Dance Company presents the 9th annual Dances at the Lakes Festival

Lyndale Park Garden at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, June 11 & 12


Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening, curated by Maia Maiden

Patrick's Cabaret, Minneapolis, June 18 - 20

Credit: Photo courtesy of Ballet of the Dolls

Music | Video | Film

For the Birds – A chamber work with music by Victor Zupanc, poetry by Kevin Kling, and direction by Ben Krywosz, performed by Zeitgeist, Victor Zupanc, and Kevin Kling

Studio Z, St. Paul, June 10 – 12 (8:00 pm)


3-D Summer Concert Series: The Roe Family Singers

Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, June 12 (begins at 4:00 pm)


Theater in the Woods presents: Minnesota Sinfonia's summer family pops concert in Caponi Art Park

Caponi Art Park, Eagan, June 13 (6:30 pm)


Minnesota Film Arts presents a trilogy of film adaptations of the "Detective Brenner" series (by Austrian author Wolf Haas), directed by Wolfgang Murnberger

St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis, screenings of The Bone Man (through June 17), Come, Sweet Death (June 18 – 24), and Silentium (June 25 – July 1)


June Film Screenings at Midway Contemporary Art, throughout the month, curated by Jonathan Thomas

Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Tuesdays and Thursdays in June

Credit: Still from The Bone Man, pictured: Josef Hader (Image: © Dor Filmproduktion/ Petro Domenigg)

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events


Ander Monson, "literary agent-provocateur," reads from The Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir

Magers and Quinn, Minneapolis, June 15 (7:30 pm)


A lecture on New York City's High Line park in the Chelsea neighborhood (part of the Walker's Open Field/"Next Generation of Parks" programming)

Walker Art Center (Cinema), Minneapolis, June 16 (7:00 pm)


Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization presents a panel discussion on local arts media, with Kristin Henning (Secrets of the City), Marianne Combs (MPR), and Susannah Schouweiler (mnartists.org)

Open Book Center, Minneapolis, June 17 (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, with reception following)


"Fitting the Profile" a TalkingImageConnection reading with Alison Morse, Geoff Herbach, Naomi Cohn, Rebecca Kanner, Margie Newman, and Judith Katz, in response to the exhibit Profiling: Exploring the Faces of Diversity within the Jewish Community

Tychman Shapiro Gallery (Sabes Jewish Community Center), St. Louis Park, June 17 (7:00 pm)


Ted Bowman and Elizabeth Bourque Johnson, editors of the new anthology The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks will be joined by contributing writers Marilyn Benson, Jim Cihlar, Margaret Hasse, Richard Solly and Susan Marie Swanson who will read their selections

Micawbers Books, St. Paul, June 23 (7:00 pm)


MPR's Wits series presents an evening with John Hodgman who will offer "An Examination of Diversions, Distractions, and Hey Look at That Thing Over There!", with special phone guest Neil Gaiman

Fitzgerald Theatre, St. Paul, June 18 (8:00 pm)

Credit: Photo of John Hodgman (Courtesy of MPR)

Festivals & Special Events


OPEN EXCHANGE: an evening of "creative communication and social networking for artists, organizers, gallerists, directors, administrators and art enthusiasts" that doubles as an opening reception for AOT's "open summer residency project" and the closing party for the Scattered Light participatory photography project and exhibition

Art of This, Minneapolis, June 12 (6:00 pm)


Grand Cities Art Fest – see work by more than 145 local artists in this annual festival on the Red River

Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, North Dakota, June 12 & 13


Twin Cities Nerd Party – including art installations, skill-sharing workshops, games, movie nights, and a "Geek Craft Exhibition"

Storefront-in-a-box (the old Arise! Bookstore space on Lyndale), Minneapolis, June 15 – 21


mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts launch the inaugural season for Community Supported Art (CSA) shares with a pick-up party featuring music by Davina and the Vagabonds and short presentations by the CSA program creators, artists, and members of the local food and art community

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 17 (6:00 pm)


White Pine Music & Art Festival on the St. Croix River - including former Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis, jazz with the Charles Lazarus, and two performances by the critically acclaimed Miró Quartet, along with writing workshops and special art exhibits, and more

Various venues, Stillwater, June 24 – 27


We Work Here: a month-long exhibition and conversation series on art, economics, and community presented by Works Progress

Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, through June 26 (closing event with "Give & Take" on June 23)


Stone Arch Festival of the Arts – 250+ artist booths, 4 stages and 40 performances

Stone Arch Bridge and the Minneapolis Riverfront District at St. Anthony and Main, Minneapolis, June 19 & 20 (10 am – 6 pm)


Springboard for the Arts' Bounce Bash – with live music, hip hop, and spoken word by the likes of Guante, Greg Herriges, and Brian Beatty, as well as an art sale by CSA artists

McNally Smith College of Music Café, St. Paul, June 25 (7:00 pm)

Credit: 2010 Stone Arch Festival of the Arts poster by Nathan Walsh


New Works Four Weeks – a theater festival providing "a platform for emerging artists to bring new works to light"

Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis, through June 27


The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam, directed by Joel Sass and featuring Bradley Greenwald and Steven Epp

Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, June 18 – August 1


le Squat, a new solo work by Off-Leash Area's Paul Herwig

Our Garage, Minneapolis, June 18 – 27


Bye Bye Liver – The Twin Cities' Drinking Play – a "high octane mix of sketch comedy and interactive drinking games"

Hennepin Stages, Minneapolis, June 12 – July 31


American Buffalo by David Mamet, presented by Rubber Chicken Theater

The Venue at Mohaupt Block, Duluth, through June 19

Circle Mirror Transformation, a comedy by Annie Baker, directed by Benjamin McGovern

Guthrie Theater (Dowling Studio), Minneapolis, through June 13

World premiere of Pa's Hat: Liberian Legacy, written by Cori Thomas and directed by Marion McClinton

Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis, May 28-June 27

Credit: Image for le Squat courtesy of Off-Leash Area

Visual Arts



McKnight 2008 Visual Artist Fellows' in Photography exhibition – David Goldes, Osama Esid, Priscilla Briggs, and Justin Newhall

Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, through July 31


Brave, Strong, True: Potlatch Royal Canadian Mounted Police illustrations

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, through September 12


Wendy Red Star – The Four Seasons

Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, through June 26


Picking Up the Pieces – an exhibition of mosaics by Suzanne Grant and Julie Reeve

Mosaic on a Stick, St. Paul, June 12 – July 17


You and Yours: Images of Family – a curatorial project conceived by art historian and curator Patricia Briggs, with exhibition works drawn from the museum's permanent collection

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, June 13 – October 17


Five Centuries of Medicine in Art: historic prints and engravings from the collection of Bruce and Lois Fye

Rochester Art Center, Rochester, through August 22


6th Annual Lakes Area Studio Hop – browse through art studios in Willmar, Spicer, and New London

Various venues in Willmar, Spicer, and New London, June 19 & 20


"Art by the numbers" – Quantified Aesthetics, a group exhibition of artwork exploring codes, formulas, and mathematics

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, through June 20


Jerome Emerging Printmakers Exhibition, with new work by Katinka Galanos, Miles Mendenhall and Justin Terlecki. Also featuring musical guests Calamity and the Owl

Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, through June 26


David Lefkowitz: At or Below See Level

Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, through July 10 (reception on June 26 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm)

Credits: Image from the Bruce and Lois Fye collection, courtesy of the Rochester Art Center; Wendy Red Star, Indian Summer, C-Print, 2006, courtesy of Bockley Gallery.

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Walker Art Center

One for the Road: Open Exchange at Art of This

OPEN EXCHANGE at Art of This

This Saturday, celebrate both the closing of ROLU's participatory photography project, Scattered Light, and the opening of the AOT's interdisciplinary "Open Summer Residency Program," with a meet and greet for local artists, gallerists, curators, art enthusiasts, and arts advocates.

Participants will include nearly 50 artists-in-residence and personnel from mnartists.org, Midway Contemporary, Franklin Artworks, Soap Factory, Form+Content, 1419, They Won't Find Us Here, Common Room, West Bank Social Center, Location Books, Sandwich Bar for Peace and You!



Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis

June 12, 6:00 pm

Suggested donation: $5-10




Editor: Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director: Scott Stulen

Program Assistant: Jehra Patrick

Program Fellow: Marria Thompson

mnartists.org interns: Luci Kandler, Jamie Sandhurst

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