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In this Issue: Transitions

‘Tis the season of festive get-togethers and family trips and what feels like nonstop holiday hubbub, it’s true. But this year-end juncture is also a natural time to take stock, to busy ourselves with plans for the coming months and, at the same time, pay tribute to the high points just passed. And as we mark this transition between the old year and the new, we at mnartists.org are hoping you’ll help us note some of those memorable moments from 2010 -- the “year in Minnesota art” as seen from your neck of the woods.



PLUS: mnartists.org and Some Assembly Required join forces to release 50/50, a new collection of miniature sound collage by artists from near and far

News You Can Use: a selection of current arts news and 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

NEWS: mnartists.org wants to give recognition to the artists, organizations, events and artwork that made 2010 a great year to be a part of Minnesota's art community Please take a moment to share your opinion, highlight local favorites and help us to make martists.org a better resource for the community by filling our mnartists.org“Year in Art: Questionnaire and Survey”

Deadline: Saturday, January 1

NEWS: Check out the featured Minnesota artists on upcoming episodes of tpt's MN Original

Episode 218, airing December 23 - artist Carolyn Swiszcz, author Alexs Pate, artist Amy Rice and singer/songwriter John Gorka

Episode 219, airing December 30 - comics artist and publisher Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse) and funk rocker Mayda


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Gallery 122 at Hang It seeks donations of artwork that showcase the artist's interpretation of hope, survival and rebuilding. All proceeds will go to the Missionaries of Charity in Port Au Prince, Haiti and the artwork will be shown and auctioned of in an exhibit commemorating the Haitian Earthquake of 2010

Deadline: Tuesday, January 4


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The St. Paul Winter Carnival and exhibition host, the Black Dog Wine Bar and Cafe, seek submissions for their second annual art show - applicants are asked to submit artistic interpretations of St Paul in 2D or 3D

Deadline: Saturday, January 8


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Oland Arts Consulting, on behalf of the Sanford Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD, is seeking submissions for artwork to be proposed for future commission or purchase and installation at the new Sanford Heart Hospital

Deadline: Friday, January 14


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Susan Hensel Gallery seeks submissions of artists books that speak to urban living, whether urban and witty or down, dirty and gritty for the gallery's spring exhibit, URBAN/URBANE

Deadline: Saturday, January 15


GRANT OPPORTUNITY: McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians and the MacPhail Center for Music will award four fellowships of $25,000 each to solo musicians and/or an ensemble - all musical styles will be considered

Deadline: Monday, January 24


CALL FOR DANCERS: The Minnesota Dance Lab is now accepting applications for their eight-day intensive professional development residency in a retreat-like setting for a group of ten to twelve dance makers/choreographers from Minnesota

Deadline: Monday, January 24

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Mpls Photo Center, in honor of 2011 International Women's Month, has an call for entries open to women from around the world; submit photographs that demonstrate a smart, critical take on women behind the camera

Deadline: January 24


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Architecture Minnesota magazine seeks artists for their video competition in January that will explore the skyway's impact on urban life – "Videotect" applicants needn't be filmmakers or architects to participate; all that is needed is a camera, a computer, and a point of view

Deadline: Friday, February 25


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2012 season of site-specific artist installations. Maximum funding is $7,500 per project

Deadline: Thursday, June 16


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE OPPORTUNITY: The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers month long Artist in Residence opportunities for visual artists, composers, playwrights/screenwriters, and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry

Deadline: Ongoing

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

mnartists.org’s 2010 “Year in Art” survey


mnartists.org wants to recognize the artists, organizations, events, and artwork that made 2010 a great year to be a part of Minnesota's art community. Your responses will be compiled and represented in a series of blog posts published over the coming weeks. Additionally, we'd love to have your feedback on the resources and programs offered through mnartists.org through a quick user survey at the end of our questionnaire. Completed surveys will be entered in a drawing to win a complimentary Walker Art Center membership or a Walker Art Center Shop gift certificate.


Take the 2010 year-end survey and questionnaire >>

Reconsidering the Fellowship Exhibition


Diane Mullin, associate curator at the Weisman and former MCAD/Jerome Fellowship director, makes the case for rethinking how fellows' work is presented, calling into question the continued relevance of the traditional model of annual exhibitions.







Credit: 2009-10 Jerome Emerging Artist Fellow Steven Accola, Bag, acrylic on canvas panel, 20" x 16", 2010.


Living the Dance


Lightsey Darst reflects on the phenomenon of performance as museum piece, in particular this fall's dance/visual art installation by Eiko and Koma at the Walker, with a brief notation on Laurie Van Wieren's retrospective, Who Made These Videotapes?




Noted events and information:

Naked, a dance/visual art installation by Eiko & Koma, was on view at the Walker Art Center November 2 - 30, 2010.

Laurie Van Wieren's recent performance/installation retrospective, Who Made These Videotapes?, was at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis December 9, 10 & 14, 2010.


Read Darst's on-the-scene report from the Who Made These Videotapes? performance on the mnartists.org blog >>


More recent performing arts headlines from mnartists.org:

“Some Thoughts on the 2010 Choreographers’ Evening” by Lightsey Darst >>

“A Story to Tell – Emily Johnson/Catalyst + BLACKFISH” by Camille LeFevre >>

“Dance without Reservation – Zenon’s Fall Concert” by Lightsey Darst >>

“The Mesmerizing Involutions of Justin Jones’ Jig” by Lightsey Darst >>

Credit: Top, Eiko and Koma (Photo: Anna Lee Campbell, courtesy of the Walker Art Center). Bottom, photo from Laurie Van Wieren's Who Made These Videotapes? (cropped)

Vasili Nechitailo – Russia’s Mid-Century Master Craftsman


Andy Sturdevant muses on the extensive retrospective of paintings by mid-20th century master Vasili Nechitailo, on view at the Museum of Russian Art, and on an alien art historical track running parallel to that with which we're familiar in the West.




Related exhibition details:

The Art of Vasili Nechitailo (the second installment in a "Discovering 20th Century Russian Masters" series of exhibitions) will be on view at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis through February 27, 2011.


Credit: Vasili Nechitailo, On the Collective Farmyard, oil on board,1970. (Courtesy of the Museum of Russian Art)

Of Pastries and Paintings: Northeast Minneapolis


Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her ongoing artists' guide to coffee house galleries and alternative art exhibition venues in Minnesota with this tour of notable hotspots in the arts-rich neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis.

And check back on mnartists.org soon - for the next installment in this series, Ann Klefstad reports on the coffeeshop gallery scene in Duluth.




Credit: James O'Connell, Stone Arch Bridge to Minneapolis (No. 2). O'Connell's cityscapes and abstracts are currently on exhibit at The Coffee Shop NE. (Image courtesy of the artist's website)

Sincerity on the Page


Alison Morse reflects on John Reimringer's debut novel, Vestments, just released from Milkweed Editions -- a quiet tale of a St. Paul priest whose faith is challenged by desire, animated by its utter sincerity and fidelity to character and place.




Want to read all of the recent literary and media arts coverage on mnartists.org? Click through additional features from the last month, including "Swimming Out" by Maggie Ryan Sandford, who reflects on SWIM, a new poetry-film project by writer Jen March and filmmaker Peter Hogan, who've recently formed a collaborative production outfit for more such creations, called Co-Kisser.

Ampers Sampler (November/December)


The year is coming to a close, but the arts stories keep streaming into Ampers.org, a website dedicated to audio pieces about Minnesota rich music, arts, history and culture. This month’s sampler includes recent stories about what a sound artist discovered in the Minneapolis skyway, an illustrator's fascination with tractors, the power of a haunting ghost story, and more.


Start listening >>




Credit: From Half Awake by artist Sarah Nakano

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

CLASS: Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, Minneapolis, December 28 – January 13


CLASS: Beginning Studio Lighting

Minneapolis Photo Center, January 3 – 12


WORKSHOP: Physical Theatre Workshop/Open Voice

Studio 206, Minneapolis, January 3 – 7


WORKSHOP: Beginning Digital Photography

Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, January 8, 10 am

WORKSHOP: "Inside Out There" - Improvise and animate puppets and sculptures with Umka.lv

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, January 8, 11 am

Credit: Image courtesy of Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center



A six-channel video installation by Tacita Dean: Merce Cunningham performs ‘Stillness’

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, showing through March 20


Forget The Black Swan, Take-Up Productions is screening The Red Shoes (1948)

Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis, December 25 – 26


Tandem – a biannual series showcasing independent dancemakers, featuring April Sellers (Mpls) and Rachel Damon (Chicago)

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, January 6-8

Credit:Photo by Megan Mayer (courtesy of the Southern Theater)

Music | Video | Film

Connie Evingson's Holiday Songbook

The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, December 26, 4 pm

Screenings of David Wojnarowicz's film A Fire in My Belly

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, through December 31


British Television Advertising Awards

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, closing January 2


Take-Up Productions presents “Color Me Gone: The Racing Picture” with screenings of Smokey and the Bandit, Viva Las Vegas, Two-Lane Blacktop, Fast Company and more

Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis, throughout the month of January


Burkina Electric, featuring Twin Cities dancers Kenna Sarge and Leah Nelson

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, January 14 & 15


Credits: Still from A Fire in My Belly by David Wojnarowicz (courtesy of the Walker Art Center)

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events

Reading from Saint Paul Serenity by author Leo Kim

Wet Paint: Artists' Materials & Framing, Saint Paul, December 21, 5 pm


Salon Saloon – “The 2010 Show”

Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, December 28 (7 pm)


The Works: A Writer's’ Salon – “Love It, Hate It, Renovate it: The MFA”

Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, January 4 (7 pm)


Rimon Salon presents – Novelist Jennifer Gilmore (Something Red) and local writer and critic Judith Katz for “A Novel Perspective: Telling the Stories of Our Times”

The St. Paul JCC, January 9 (3 pm)

"The Science of Klein" - a gallery talk U of M history of science professor Michel Janssen about the connections between the art of Yves Klein and physics, astronomy, cosmology, and alchemy

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, January 13 (7 pm)

Credit:Yves Klein, La Rêve du Feu (The Dream of Fire), 196. Black-and-white photograph
Courtesy Yves Klein Archives © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo by Shunk-Kender, Photo © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

Festivals, Sales & Special Events

Gifts in the Gallery

Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, closing December 22


Wet Paint Holiday Sale 2010

Wet Paint: Artists' Material & Framing, Saint Paul, closing December 31


6th Annual Varsity New Year’s celebration with Mark Mallman and friends

Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, December 31


Studio Bricolage celebrates a new year with their 4th Annual Rube Goldberg Machine Building Party

Leonardo’s Basement, Minneapolis, January 7 (7 pm)


A party and fundraiser for Live Action Set’s spring show, The 7-Shot Symphony – hijinks, food and bev, and a preview of the coming show

Red Stag Supperclub, Minneapolis, January 9 (6 pm)







Guthrie Theater's The 39 Steps

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, closing December 26


Rubber Chicken's Christmas Tea Party

The Venue at Mohaupt Block, Duluth, closing December 31


Party in the Rec Room

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, January 1 – 29


The Santaland Diaries presented by Frank Theatre

Hennepin Stages Theatre, Minneapolis, closing December 31

Betontanc/Umka.lv present Show Your Face! -- part of the Walker's Adventures in New Puppetry series

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, January 6 & 7


Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, January 8 – 30


Theatre Unbound presents the 10th annual 24-Hour Play Project

Anne Simley Theatre (Hamline University), Saint Paul, January 8, 8 pm


W.I.T. (Women In Theatre) Series premiere – a staged reading of The Good Body, a new play by Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues)

Duluth Playground, Duluth, January 15 (7:30 pm)

Visual Arts



50/50: Audience and Experts Curate the Paper Collection

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, through July 17

Beyond the Book: The Fine Art of Book Illustrators

Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, January 7 – February 18; opening reception January 7, 6 – 8 pm

Half Awake, Sarah Nakano

Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, closing January 2

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

Gallery at Fox Tax, Minneapolis, through January 7

Gallery 13 presents Icon

Gallery 13, Minneapolis, through January 9


The Annual IFP Member Photo Show

IFP Minnesota, Saint Paul, through January 21

Form + Content presents Sketch Work, an exhibition of drawings curated by MAEP's Christopher Atkins

Form + Content, Minneapolis, through January 22

Justin Newhall and Richard T Walker

Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, on view through January 22


Gorecki Gallery, St. Joseph, through January 26

Prints on Ice 2010 - the annual winter co-op show

Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, through January 29

Passion, John Heckman

Great River Arts Center, Little Falls, through January 30

The 2010 Arrowhead Biennial

Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, through February 6

Belongings, new work by Rosemary Williams

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, through February 20

Credits:(Top) Chuck Close, Self-Portrait, 2000, screenprint on paper Collection Walker Art Center, Gift of the artist, 2000 © Chuck Close (Courtesy of the Walker Art Center). (Bottom) From Richard T. Walker: Successive inconceivable events (Courtesy of Franklin Art Works)

You Are Here event listings are drawn almost entirely from the mnartists.org calendar, so if you want to improve the odds that you'll see your happening linked here, you'd better start posting your events!

We've made it super easy to begin: click through for a step-by-step guide that'll show you how to promote your own events on the site's DIY arts calendar >>

Walker Art Center

One for the Road

mnartists.org and Some Assembly Required

join forces to present 50/50


50/50 is a new collection of miniature sound collage by a wide variety of established and emerging collage artists from around the world. Each composition clocks in at exactly 50 seconds, and all tracks are composed of at least 50% recycled sound. mnartists.org and the radio program Some Assembly Required issued a call for artists in 2009 and received submissions from renowned sound collage artists such as B'O'K, Orchid Spangiafora, The Bran Flakes, DJ Lobsterdust, and Realistic. With a diversity of sound that will be familiar to listeners of the long-running radio show, the pieces presented on the new CD run the gamut from cut-ups and noise, to mashup and glitch pop. The Some Assembly Required Christmas episode50/50 collection is being released as a going away present of sorts -- Some Assembly Required will end its twelve years on the air in January 2011.

Find out more about 50/50 >>

Listen to the new Christmas episode of Some Assembly Required >>

Editor: Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director: Scott Stulen

Program Assistant: Jehra Patrick

Editorial Fellow: Juleana Enright

Program Fellow: Marria Thompson

Click here to read the fine print and the full credits >>

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