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In this issue: Public Engagements


Featured articles in this issue focus on the variety of ways Minnesota artists are working actively to engage the public – not just for the sake of a moment's encounter with creative works, but to encourage people from all walks of life to deeply engage with the arts in their community. Read about Claire Witt's central Minnesota-based Blue Sky Project, which fosters the creation of "public made public art," Lightsey Darst's persuasive case for the benefits of viewing and re-viewing worthwhile performance, and Location Books' efforts to marry visual art and publishing for the sake of offering art lovers the same kind of accessibility and immediacy to emerging artists' work long familiar to readers.   



PLUS: A community art celebration two-fer – a launch party in St. Paul's Mears Park for tpt's new weekly arts series MN Original together with a celebration of the CSA (Community Supported Art) program by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts

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

CALL FOR ARTISTS : The 2010 Art and All that Jazz Festival is now accepting applications from all artists to be featured during the fest on August 21.

Deadline: Monday, July 12

CALL FOR ARTISTS : The Scott County Art Crawl invites artists to sign-up for the first county-wide art crawl on Saturday, October 9.

Deadline: Tuesday, July 20

CALL FOR TEEN ARTISTS : The Rochester Art Center's teen group, Tastes Like Paint, invites teens to participate in the upcoming photographic exhibition, I Never Want to Forget, which will feature pictures taken with a cell phone

Deadline: Friday, July 23

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The American Craft Council is now taking applications from artists and craftspeople interested in showing and selling their work in the 2011 craft show season

Deadline: July 25

CALL FOR DESIGNERS : SCENEaSOTA currently seeks talented runway designers to be showcased at this year's SCENEaSOTA 2010, which will take place on Saturday, November 6th. SCENEaSOTA represents a cross section of Twin Cities artistic talent.

Deadline: Friday, July 30


CASTING CALL: A major cable network is searching for talented builders, scientists, inventors, engineers, carpenters, welders and/or designers to be part of a mischievous and fun “gang” to mod/re-purpose/fabricate/retro-engineer everyday machines & objects and release them back into the world.

The series shoots Fall 2010 in various U.S. locations.

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

Deadline: August 20


RESIDENCIES AVAILABLE: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers up to fifty juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, interdisciplinary artists, and arts or arts education scholars

Application deadline: September 1

CALL FOR ARTISTS : Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), Inc. is currently inviting artists to display their work at its third annual Cultural Art Imbizo on Friday, August 6, 2010.


CALL FOR CLOTHING DESIGNERS : St. Paul salon and gallery is looking for at least 10 clothing designers to participate in a design challenge to create a look by incorporating textiles from Africa for their Give Us Wings show/fundraiser.

The Give Us Wings fundraiser takes place on October 23. Submissions will be juried prior to the event.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Minnetonka Center for the Arts' Art of the Holidays juried art show and sale invites submissions of work from local artists

Deadline: September 24

CALL FOR ARTISTS : Textile, fiber and jewelry artists are invited to submit work for the annual juried December exhibition, Fabrications at Crossings. This is a chance for fiber and jewelry artists to create pieces that challenge common perceptions of their mediums. Use new technologies or ancient methods in a revolutionary way to create your work.

Deadline: Saturday, November 13

NEWS: Announcing the 2010 mnLIT – winning poets and writers: mnLIT now has their winners for 2010, a grand total of 20 Minnesota poets and writers whose work was selected from a pool of hundreds of submissions.


NEWS: Shubert Renamed Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts: The Minnesota Shubert Center for Performing Arts announces that it is changing its name to the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts, in recognition of John and Sage Cowles' lifelong commitment to the arts.

 NEWS: IFP Media Arts announces 2010 McKnight Fellowship Winners in Screenwriting and Filmmaking: The McKnight Foundation awards two $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota screenwriters and another two to Minnesota filmmakers each year. The competitions are administered by IFP Media Arts, a film and photography resource center in St. Paul.

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

mnartists.org and Rain Taxi present: Location Books – Isa Newby Gagarin

mnartists.org and the nationally-distributed literary magazine Rain Taxi have partnered to publish a new series of essays profiling Minnesota artists, "mnartists.org presents," which will appear in each issue of the quarterly print magazine. For this installment, mnartists.org editor Susannah Schouweiler profiles a new, experimental publishing venture, Location Books, by artists Ruben Nusz and Scott Nedrelow, which aims to exploit the affordability, immediacy, and accessibility of books for the sake of showcasing work by emerging visual artists. Location's debut edition features work by Minneapolis-based artist Isa Newby Gagarin -- collages made with appropriated ad copy, vintage photographs, lunar studies, family snapshots, and abstract "moonprints" the artist has made by exposing photo-sensitive paper to moonlight. You can pick up the print Summer 2010 issue of Rain Taxi in bookstores and select newsstands around the state. 


Read Susannah Schouweiler's essay on Location's first issue, featuring the work of Isa Newby Gagarin >>


Browse through a featured collection of Isa Newby Gagarin's work on mnartists.org >>


Credit:  Isa Newby Gagarin, one of the collage pieces in Location, Vol. 1

Blue Sky Project's Truly Public Art


Jennifer Kohnhorst talks with Claire Witt (Blue Sky Project) about the community-driven public art installations she's overseen in Central Minnesota since Blue Sky's founding in 2001, including its latest work-in-progress, Harmony Park in Long Prairie.




Credit: The winding bench in Harmony Park representing "The Present" (Photo by Jennifer Kohnhorst)

Can't Get There From Here


A new short story by one of our veteran mnLIT winners, Brian Beatty -- a bitingly funny tale about the misadventures of a group of band mates chasing communal bliss and musical breakthroughs in the woods Up North.



Related event:

Brian Beatty will be performing his first solo show, "The Big Four Oh: 40 Jokes, Poems and Stories by Brian Beatty," as part of the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Tickets and more information are available on the show's webpage.


Credit: Eddie Hamilton, The danger of, the patience of, 48" x 54"

Returning to Smithsoniansmith


Lightsey Darst responds to Smithsoniansmith by Hijack and Heron, recently on stage at Open Eye Theatre. She first saw the show last fall and revisits it anew here - in the process, she makes a persuasive case for re-viewing such performance, in general.




Noted performances:

Smithsoniansmith (this is it), by Hijack and Scott Heron, was on stage at Open Eye Figure Theatre June 24 - 27. The first iteration of Smithsoniansmith was onstage at Bedlam Theatre, September 12 & 13, 2009. You can read Lightsey's review, her first look at the show, here.


Credit: Photo by Bill Starr

Featured Collection: 2009-10 McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship Exhibition


The Minneapolis College of Art and Design will present an exhibition of new work by the 2009-10 recipients of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists: Michael Kareken, Aldo Moroni, Carolyn Swiszcz, Piotr Szyhalski. This fellowship program is designed to support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists by providing recipients with $25,000 stipends, public recognition, professional encouragement, and a catalog and exhibition at MCAD Gallery. The fellowships are funded by a grant from The McKnight Foundation.


Browse through an online collection of new work by the 2009-10 McKnight Visual Arts Fellows, Michael Kareken, Aldo Moroni, Carolyn Swiszcz, Piotr Szyhalski >>


Related events:

The 2009-10 McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship exhibition will be on view at the MCAD Gallery in Minneapolis from July 9 - August 13; an opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 9, 6-8 pm.


There will be an artist panel discussion on Wednesday, July 14, 6 pm, moderated by Anne Barlow, Executive Director, Art in General, NYC.

Credit: Michael Kareken, Green Bottles, 2009, Oil on Canvas, 66X88 inches

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

CLASS: Continuing Navajo Tapestry Weaving

Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Minneapolis, July 7 – July 14


CLASS: Digital Photo Academy Classes & Workshops

Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, July 10 – December 18


WORKSHOP: Creativity and Aging workshop - the benefits of lifelong engagement with art and culture

Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, July 13 at 10:30 a.m.


WORKSHOP: Artist's Way Tele-Class

Spirit Out!, Inc., Minneapolis, July 14 – October 6


WORKSHOP: The Wheel Experience Workshop

Fired Up Studios, Minneapolis, July 17 – December 11


CLASS: CVA Summer Classes for High School Students

College of Visual Arts, Saint Paul, June 21 – July 16


SUMMER CAMP: Art Summer Camps 2010

Edina Art Center, Edina, June 15 – August 26

Credit: Photo courtesy of CVA


SOLO: performances of new work by the 2008/2009 McKnight Artist Fellowship recipients for dance – Mary Ann Bradley, Sam Feipl, Kats D Fukasawa, Justin Leaf, Karen Sherman, and Roxanne Wallace

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, July 8 – 11


Noches de Verano: Cafe Flamenco Performance

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, July 22 – July 25


It's Strange to Be Here, the Mystery Never Leaves You by Rosy Simas Danse

Bedlam Theatre, July 23 – July 25

Chris Yon (The Infinite Multiverse) and Johanna Meyer/Judy Bauerlein (Stroll) in a shared evening of dance

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, July 22 - 24


Credit: Yaelisa from Caminos Flamencos

Music | Video | Film


Live jazz with vocalist Nicole Thompson

Hat Trick Lounge, Saint Paul, July 9 at 9:30 p.m.


Theater in the Woods presents: Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra

Caponi Art Park, Eagan, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.


3-D summer concert series - featuring jazz by Twin Cities Hot Club

Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, July 10


The Galactic Double Feature - break dancers, a screening of Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! and progressive bluegrass music by Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Suburban World Theatre, Minneapolis, July 14


A Tale of Delight by Ed Blott – World premiere

Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis, July 20

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Suburban World Theatre

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events


Twin Cities Zinefest 2010

Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, July 10

Artist Talks with McKnight Fellows in Photography, Osama Esid and Priscilla Briggs

Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, July 8 at 6:30 p.m.


July Author Bag Lunch: Patricia Ewer speaking on textile conservation

Textile Center, Minneapolis, July 20


“BEYOND PRINT: Creative Communication in the Digital Era” with Mary Virginia Swanson

The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Minneapolis, July 21

Festivals & Special Events

MN Shadows Faire – A "Positive Living" event

Mounds Theatre, Saint Paul, July 10 & 11


4th Annual Horizontal Grandeur

Stevens County History Museum, Morris, July 9 – July 11


Grand Marais Arts Festival - 20th Anniversary

On the Harbor in Downtown Grand Marais, July 9 – July 11

Soo Visual Arts Center Grand Reopening – Untitled 7 & SooFUZE

Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, July 10 – September 5

Art in the Park

Ellison Park, Monticello, July 10 at 8 a.m.


Richfield Art Center Open House

Richfield Art Center, Richfield, July 10 at 9 a.m.

Art at St. Kate's

St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, July 11

Highland Festival

Highland Park, Saint Paul, July 16 – July 18


Incredibly Fun Party - a benefit for IFP Media Arts hosted by Ari Hoptman

Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Rooftop, Minneapolis, July 22 (6 - 10 pm)

Credit: Photo courtesy of Grand Marais Arts Festival; Ari Hoptman (photo courtesy of IFP Media Arts)



The Stinky Cheese Man, written by Kent Stephens with music by Gary Rue, based on the popular book by Jon Scieszka

SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul, July 9 – August 1


Traveling Light – Theatre Pro Rata's unusual and intriguing Beatles-era production

The Layman's Cemetery (bring your own chair/blankets), Minneapolis, July 9 – 28


World premiere of Ady by Rhiana Yazzie, directed by Hayley Finn

Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis, July 9 – July 25

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, directed by John Miller-Stephany

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, through August 29


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

Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, through August 1

Monkey Mind Pirates – A Steampunk Puppet Yoga Musical

The Warren, Minneapolis, beginning July 23

Bye Bye Liver: The Twin Cities' Drinking Play

Hennepin Stages Theatre, Minneapolis, through July 31

Enchanted April

Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro, through October 23


Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin

Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro, through September 25

Visual Arts



2009-10 McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship Exhibition: Michael Kareken, Aldo Moroni, Carolyn Swiszcz, Piotr Szyhalski

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, Minneapolis, July 9 – August 13 (opening reception July 9, 6 – 8 pm)

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

Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, through July 31

Guillermo Kuitca: Everything – Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, through September 19


Exploring the Landscape by Rita Corrigan and Richard Mittlestadt

Ring Mountain Creamery Cafe, Eagan, July 8 – August 30

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

The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, July 9 – September 12

Blu Dot: The Real Good Chair

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, through August 3

Kuon by Mayumi Amada and The Voided by Eun-Kyung Suh - opening reception for the next MAEP exhibition

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MAEP Gallery), Minneapolis, July 15 at 7 p.m.


A Small Resurrection of Artpolice

Shoebox Gallery, Minneapolis, July 9 – September 10


The Beatles: A One-Night Stand in the Heartland, photographs by Bill Carlson

Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul, July 17 – September 12


Phantom Limb (Paintings of War and Renewal) by Luke Hillestad

Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis, through July 24



spotArt.org Gallery, Minneapolis, through July 23


2nd Annual Southeast Minnesota Regional Juried Art Exhibition

WSU and St. Mary's Galleries, Winona, through July 29


Scylla: Sultry Sirens and Buxom Bombshells - "art inspired by female form and content"

Java J's Cafe, Minneapolis, July 10

Credits: Potlatch illustration courtesy of the Tweed Museum of Art; photograph of the Beatles by Bill Carlson

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Walker Art Center

One for the Road

Celebrate Minnesota's creative community – come to the launch party for tpt's MN Original, which is also the second pick-up event for mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts' CSA (Community Supported Art) program

MN Original, tpt's new weekly arts series, will host a celebration of Minnesota's creative community on Friday, July 23 in Mears Park in downtown St. Paul. In addition, the evening will double as a Community Supported Art (CSA) shares pick-up event. The CSA, presented by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts, is based on the CSA farm model, allows community members to buy "shares" and pick up art pieces from local artists; this will be the second of the CSA pick-up events. Visitors are also invited to participate in Drawing Club, a community art activity sponsored by mnartists.org. For this installment of Drawing Club, folks are invited to grab a pencil and draw alongside local artists Mary Griep, Scott Stulen, Calpurnia Peach, Andy Ducett, Doug Padilla, Graham Petersburgh, Melba Price, and Bruce Tapola. All of the resulting drawings will be displayed on the MN Original website and on the Walker Art Center's Open Field Flickr page. Enjoy live music from artists featured on MN Original including Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, Nachito Herrera, and the Mad Ripple Hootenanny, as well as food provided by Barrio Tequila Bar. The event will be emceed by Chris Osgood.


When: Friday, July 23 (5 – 8 pm)

Where: Mears Park, downtown St. Paul

Admission is FREE and open to the public

Editor: Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director: Scott Stulen

Program Assistant: Jehra Patrick

Editorial Fellow: Juleana Enright

Program Fellow: Marria Thompson

mnartists.org interns: Luci Kandler, Jamie Sandhurst

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